2022 Bentley Bentayga EWB verdict and specs

This stretched luxury SUV lets rear-seat passengers indulge with extra space and opulence. So, is the Bentley Bentayga EWB the ultimate car to travel in?...

Bentley Bentayga EWB driving side, Marlin, 2022 Canada


Anyone wondering whether to get a Bentley Bentyaga in regular or Extended Wheelbase (EWB) form only needs to answer one simple question: Do you want to drive, or be driven?

If it’s the latter, the EWB is a bit of a no-brainer. The wonderful blend of rear-seat space and comfort with its superb ground-covering ability makes this an incredibly talented luxury SUV. If you want to forget about driving and be taken across the Continent at an impressive pace with little drama, it's a solid choice. 

Of course, this isn’t the only luxury SUV to offer a stretched option. The Range Rover Long Wheelbase is available for a lot less money and has a broader engine range that includes a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) petrol, a big V8 petrol and a diesel. There’s also a more practical seven-seat option with two small seats that fold away in the boot.

The Range Rover will be better off-road (if you can bear the idea of scratching those wheels and paintwork in the woods), and the PHEV option will be attractive to those who want to waft in relative silence for around 70 miles on a fully charged battery. Even if the Bentayga EWB becomes available with the PHEV system available on the standard version, it will have a much shorter electric range (about 25 miles). 

As a model range, then, the Bentayga EWB isn't the most versatile in this price bracket. But if it ticks the boxes you're looking for, you'll struggle to find a more fitting way to travel.

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Bentley Bentayga EWB First Line Edition

Price £222,570 Engine 8cyl, 3996cc, twin-turbo petrol Power 542bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 568lb ft @ 2000 - 4500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 4.6sec Top speed 180mph Fuel economy tbc mpg (combined) CO2/tax tbc g/km, 37%

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