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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Luxury
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
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SUV that’s also a Bentley

Best bits

  • Beautifully appointed interior
  • Good blend of comfort and handling
  • Lots of luxury equipment provided

Not so great

  • Interior space and boot are only so-so
  • Very expensive to buy and run
  • An Audi Q7 does a similar job for a fraction of the cost 

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"Even when considered against other super-luxurious SUVs, the Bentley Bentayga is a very tempting option. Granted, there are far cheaper SUVs that do a fairly similar job, but none of those have the quality, craftsmanship or heritage of a Bentley. Strong in every area, so a great all-rounder."

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It wasn’t all that long ago that the Range Rover had the luxury SUV market all to itself, but those days are no more as every luxury car maker with an ounce of business sense attempts to cash in on the enormous popularity of SUVs.


Bentley isn’t alone in chasing this piece of the pie with the Bentayga. Porsche did it years ago with the Cayenne, and Rolls Royce and even Lamborghini have since followed with the Cullinan and Urus, respectively. 


Aston Martin will shortly join the party with the DBX, and every time the Ferraris and McLarens of the world proclaim for the billionth time that they’ll never offer an SUV, their words are met with increasing amounts of scepticism. Some will argue that all this constitutes these great brands selling out and dumbing down, others will argue that they’re merely giving the people what they want. Whatever the case, these cars are here to stay.


Judged purely on its own merits, you’d have to say that the Bentayga does a very good job of giving buyers what they want. You’ll make your own judgment on the way it looks, but its brash styling and desirable Bentley badge ensure that it always gets noticed. Climb inside, and you’ll find every ounce of the quality, craftsmanship and class that Bentleys are famous for, with beautiful materials and flawless assembly. 


The cabin is big enough and practical enough to serve the needs of a well heeled family, or to ferry colleagues between business meetings, and there’s as much luxury kit as you’d expect in a car like this. On the road, it’s comfortable enough and quiet enough to deliver the first-class experience to all those inside, yet it’s also agile enough to let the driver have some fun when the working day is done.


Yes, none of this comes cheap. Even when you’re buying used, you’re probably facing a six-figure sum at least, and no matter which of the various engines you pick - with power outputs that range from potent to preposterous - your running costs will be off the scale. The thing is, if you’re wealthy enough to even entertain the idea of buying a Bentayga, then the costs involved are unlikely to bother you one jot.


So, if you’re bored of Range Rovers, you want something a bit more easy-going than an Urus, and you think the Cullinan looks too much like a stately home on wheels, then the Bentayga could well be the car for you.


Is the Bentley Bentayga right for you?

Considering the tiny number of people who can afford them, there’s a ludicrous amount of choice for buyers of cars like these. It often feels like there are as many rivals for the Bentayga as there are pounds in its pricetag. So, what marks the Bentley out against the rest?


Well, its blend of abilities for one thing. While the Lamborghini Urus is the racy option and the Rolls Royce Cullinan is the wafty option, the Bentayga sits slap bang in between and provides a good mixture of both. Its Bentley badge means it creates the right impression, and it’s practical enough and comfortable enough to be the everyday car that buyers will need it to be. Quality and craftsmanship are Bentley’s other trademarks, and the Bentayga has them in spades. 


What’s the best Bentley Bentayga model/engine to choose?

The following statement may sound like a cop out, but it applies more to the Bentagya than it does to most cars: that largely depends on what you want. There are various flavours of Bentagyga, and each of them will suit different buyers with different priorities. 


If you want the ultimate Bentayga, it has to be the Speed, with it’s enormous W12 petrol engine. If you want the cerebral choice, the V8 petrol will be more up your street, while if you spend your life ploughing up and down motorways, the V8 diesel will be the pick (you’ll still spend shedloads on fuel, but you’ll have to stop less often to put the stuff in). That said, if you’ve got one eye on either the environment or the Exchequer, then the plug-in hybrid version will be worth considering.


What other cars are similar to the Bentley Bentayga?

Over the years, Bentley’s biggest rival in the luxury marketplace has been Rolls Royce, so although there’s a colossal price difference, the Bentayga will inevitably be compared with the Cullinan


The Lamborghini Urus is also likely to be considered by luxury SUV buyers, too, but it should be noted that the three are all very different in character. The Urus is like a supercar on stilts, the Cullinan is like a softly-waftly limousine, while the Bentayga is bang in the middle, trying to provide a blend of sportiness and luxury, rather than nailing its colours to either mast in particular.


Other cars in the mix for your cash will be the Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne, and cars like the Audi Q8, BMW X7 and Mercedes G-Class shouldn’t be discounted, either.


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