2018 Bentley Bentayga Reviews, Specs, Price

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Looks alone don’t tell the story of the 2018 Bentley Bentayga.

From the outside, the automaker’s first SUV appears to fit with the stable of high-priced, high-luxury coupes and sedans. From the inside, the Bentayga relays the same opulence of the Continental and some of the ceremony of the Mulsanne.

Start up the twin-turbo, 600-horsepower W-12 and forget it all. The Bentayga marries abundant speed with excessive leather and wood in a way we haven’t seen before. Its construction requires 130 hours—six times longer than an average car—and features one of the largest single pieces of aluminum in the car business. It’s no surprise that the Bentayga earns an 8.6 in our overall rating.

This year, the Bentayga doesn’t change much from last year. A third row is newly available, and an available appearance package adds a layer of chrome—if that’s your thing. A Mulliner specification, added last year, takes the Bentayga to new luxurious heights for hundreds of thousands on top of the already-staggering $229,000 starting price.

The small things add up in the Bentayga. A mandatory air suspension damps out road imperfections but also features an active anti-roll bar system that keeps the Bentayga so flat through cornering that engineers had to dial it back some.

The 8-speed automatic seamlessly fades into the background but manages to keep pace with a throttle so free of any regulations between driver and engine that we’d call it laissez-faire.

The possible combinations for each Bentayga are beyond comprehension. Buyers can select from more than 100 paint swatches, 15 different shades of leather, countless interior trim configurations, seven wood veneers, and 10 different wheel combinations. The possibilities reach into the quintillions.

It’s more than a wealth of options; the 2018 Bentley Bentayga is a wealth of being wealthy.


The 2018 Bentley Bentayga had the unenviable task of delivering the automaker’s first SUV between corporate diktat (a shared platform with Audi) while keeping tradition with the shapes of its sedans and coupes.

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It mostly delivers. We give the Bentayga points above average for a good interior and exterior, and more points for its excellence. It earns a 9 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

For the most part, Bentley kept all its hallmarks in place with the Bentayga. The SUV sports a long hood that elegantly sweeps into its roofline. That roofline drops slightly before connecting with the long rear overhangs that dramatically drape the rear tires. Those bulging rear fenders remind us of the Continental, and that’s not a bad thing.
Along the sides, Bentley has incorporated advanced manufacturing techniques to stamp that shape into the sides, resulting in one of the largest pieces of aluminum in the car business. The Bentayga’s best trick—maybe—is its superformed fenders that wrap around the front wheels and create a single, uniform front fascia.

Up front, the corporate honeycomb grille and rounded headlights speak our language: they’re reserved, but also gorgeous in their details. Bentley worked hard to hide cameras and sensors from the front view and their efforts have paid off.

Inside, the cabin is awash in luxury materials and layout. The cockpit is clearly driver-focused, with some features such as the stout shifter and piano stop vent controls instantly recognizable to current Bentley owners. The Bentayga is normally configured to seat five—although it can be specified to seat four or up to seven this year.


Bentley has big plans for the Bentayga’s powertrain, but not this year.

For 2018, the Bentley Bentayga stands pat with a twin-turbocharged W-12 that makes 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s married to an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive that propels the 7,165-pound SUV to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.

That’s right. That’s the weight of a heavy-duty pickup truck accelerating to a mile-per-minute quicker than many sports cars.

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Almost as impressive as the speed is the way the Bentley handles it. A standard air suspension system at all four corners keeps the Bentayga shockingly flat as it corners—engineers had to dial the system back because it was allegedly too unnatural. The Bentayga gets a perfect performance score from us because breaking the laws of physics is still special to us.

Future plans for the Bentayga include a plug-in hybrid or a Supersports edition, but those haven’t yet arrived. For now, we’ll make do with the 6.0-liter V-12, which shares a displacement with previous Bentley mills, but not much else. The compact engine is wedged into the Bentayga’s nose and only pronounces its prodigious weight under hard braking or hard acceleration.

Otherwise, the Bentayga helps passengers and drivers forget about its profuse (or profane?) speed. Active anti-roll bars engage in milliseconds to keep the big SUV together in cornering like a techno corset. The all-wheel-drive system’s logic adapts to climb through snow, ice, wet grass, or stuffy social circles with relative ease.

According to the automaker, the Bentayga’s throttle mapping assumes a level of sophistication from its drivers that Bentley doesn’t dead the pedal at all to parse out its 600 hp. Instead, all 600 hp arrives with a deep stab at the throttle—every time. It’s violent enough to make any passenger’s neck sore, or make any driver smile over and over and over. Ask us how we know.

Comfort & Quality

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga’s appearance makes promises about its interior that Buckingham Palace would have a hard time making good on.

Thankfully, the Bentayga’s interior is downright palatial. Starting from an average score of 5, the Bentley gets points for good front seats and rear seats, cargo space is plentiful, and so is the detail on the leather. It aces comfort because anything less would be a disappointment.
If by looking at the Bentayga you picked up some similarities with the new Audi Q7, you missed your calling as an auto industry expert. You’d also be completely accurate; the two share similar structures underneath—and that’s a good thing.


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