Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have put the Bentayga through any crash tests, and due to the SUV’s price and low sales volume, it’s unlikely either agency will. Bentley offers several driver-assistance features, but unfortunately, almost all of them cost extra. Paradoxically, buyers of «lesser» luxury SUVs such as the BMW X7 or Cadillac Escalade will find many of these features come standard. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control and night-vision system
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Hybrid: $170,000 (est)
- V-8: $175,000 (est)
- Speed: $250,000 (est)
Bentley hasn’t released pricing for the 2021 Bentayga yet and says the Hybrid and Speed models won’t be available until later in the year. That said, we like the V-8 model best. Even though the Speed’s powerful W-12 engine puts more pep in this big SUV’s step, its price premium over the V-8 is substantial. We’d suggest sticking with the eight-cylinder model and adding some niceties to it, such as the adaptive suspension, the rear-seat entertainment system, and the 20-speaker Naim stereo. And choosing the Touring Specification package will give you a suite of driver-assistance features.
Keeping up with the Joneses could be a tough feat if that proverbial family has a 2021 Bentley Bentayga parked in the driveway. This ultraluxury SUV offers all the comfort of a leather-filled parlor plus plenty of tech features, a trio of powerful engine choices, and enough cargo space that you can schlep home a few cases of Montrachet when the wine cellar needs restocking. Supple upholstery, rich wood trims, and real metal accents commingle with modern infotainment touchscreens and wireless connectivity features. The Joneses really know how to treat themselves. Apart from the decadent Rolls-Royce Cullinan, other luxury SUVs have a difficult time stacking up to this Bentley in terms of creature comforts.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Filled with rich-smelling leathers, real wood trim, and glitzy metal accents, the Bentayga’s cabin stays true to its luxury branding. Bentley allows buyers to customize just about everything. Buyers can opt for front and rear buckets, seating four, or they can select a three-across second-row bench and a pop-up two-seat third row to seat seven. While the rear seat doesn’t feel as lavish as that of the Bentayga’s key rival—the Rolls-Royce Cullinan—it still offers plenty of space for adult passengers to stretch out. Several different colors of leather upholstery are available, as are two different mother-of-pearl-faced Breitling dash clocks, a bottle cooler for rear-seat passengers, adjustable ambient interior lighting, and even a safe with a biometric lock and fingerprint reader. The Bentayga’s cargo area is generous, at least in two-row versions; we were able to fit nine carry-on suitcases back there.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Bentley offers a variety of powertrains for the Bentayga. On the low end, you have a 443-hp hybrid arrangement with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electric motor. Then there’s the 542-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine. We haven’t driven the former, but we can tell you that the latter emits a hearty burble on its way to 60 mph, which it does in just 3.8 seconds. The Bentayga Speed ups the ante with a 626-hp W-12. Back in 2017, when the Speed made 600 ponies, this supersmooth powerhouse delivered a 3.6-second result in our 60-mph test. The W-12’s power delivery is creamier than the V-8’s, and its performance felt more robust during passing maneuvers. Bentley claims that the Bentayga Speed, with a claimed top speed of 190 mph, is the fastest SUV in the world (although the Lamborghini Urus might have something to say about that). Regardless of what’s under the hood, all Bentaygas utilize an eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with all-wheel drive.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Like all other Bentley models, the Bentayga comes standard with a three-year warranty that has no mileage expiration. Also, the first maintenance visit is free. The Cullinan offers more value here in the form of a four-year warranty package and four whole years of complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years, unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years, unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles
2019 Bentley Bentayga V8
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED$243,325 (base: $167,725)
ENGINE TYPEtwin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement244 cu in, 3996 cc Power542 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque568 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
CHASSISSuspension (F/R): multilink/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/15.0-in vented discTires: Pirelli P Zero, 285/40ZR-22 (110Y) B
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 117.9 in Length: 202.4 in Width: 78.7 in Height: 68.6 in Passenger volume: 109 cu ft Cargo volume: 17 cu ftCurb weight: 5438 lb
C/DTEST RESULTSZero to 60 mph: 3.6 secZero to 100 mph: 9.0 secZero to 130 mph: 16.1 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 secStanding ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mphTop speed (mfr’s claim): 180 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 168 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.91 g*stability-control-inhibited
C/DFUEL ECONOMYObserved: 16 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMYCombined/city/highway: 17/14/23 mpg