BENTLEY Bentayga

4.0 V8 5dr Auto [Touring Spec] [7 Seat]

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  • 10.9" touch screen high resolution and configurable infotainment display and digital drivers information display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced navigation function with text, search, 3D, satellite maps, speed limit, dynamic traffic route guide, telephone, Text-speech + voice
  • Bentley GPS tracking system full fitment
  • Bentley safeguard plus
  • Blind spot assist
  • Bluetooth and WIFI enabled
  • Four drive dynamics modes (bentley, comfort, sport, custom)
  • Front/rear park distance control
  • Head up Display
  • Lane assist
  • MMI Screen
  • My Bentley connected car services
  • Night vision
  • Power latching to all doors for easy entry
  • Rear view camera
  • Redesigned instrument panel lower trim rolls, incorporating a storage compartment on the passenger side
  • Seamlessly integrated technology with wireless apple car play and android auto
  • Speed sensitive variable ratio electric power steering
  • Touch screen remote
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless phone charging compartment
  • Bentley branded clock (Available as no-cost option)
  • Power boot opening and closing (Available as no-cost option)
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Bentley signature audio with 12 speakers, 8 channels and 590W output (Available as no-cost option)
  • DAB Digital radio (Available as no-cost option)
  • Adaptive low beam
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Bentley badge in tailgate opening switch
  • Black painted shark fin aerial
  • Body coloured lower bodywork - Standard paint range
  • Bumper design with large side intakes and sculptured surfaces
  • Clamshell rear tailgate design with Bentley lettering under the wings
  • Elec/heat/adj/fold door mirror+memory
  • Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof
  • Fender design reduces over bodied perception
  • Fixed rear spoiler
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Full LED supplementary lamps and tail lamps
  • Full matrix LED headlamps with high beam assist
  • Full width clamshell design and deeply contoured rear tailgate panel
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Large dominant B shaped side wing vent front position
  • Long fender vent above the power line on body side
  • Lower door side mouldings
  • Number plate aperture position under rear bumper
  • Oval exhaust pipe
  • Phone antenna amplifier
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Standard oil and fuel filler caps
  • Trailer sway mitigation
  • Tunnel detection for auto light control
  • V8 exterior badge
  • Welcome orchestration lighting
  • Wet arm wipers and heated water jets
  • Acoustic heat insulating front screen (Available as no-cost option)
  • Aluminium side window brightware (Available as no-cost option)
  • Black matrix bumper grille to lower bumper apertures (Available as no-cost option)
  • Body coloured front lower bumper apron panel (Available as no-cost option)
  • Roof rails (Available as no-cost option)
  • 12V power in rear centre console
  • 12V socket in glovebox
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Air Ioniser
  • Alcantara upper trim
  • Black (Beluga) boot carpet
  • Electric tilt and reach adjustment steering column with memory and easy entry function
  • Electronic accessory preparation
  • Foams and cover design on all seats
  • Folding luggage compartment cover
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Leather trimmed gear leaver
  • Load through facility
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Luggage rails
  • Multi-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate control
  • Rear head restraints
  • Rear seat massage function
  • Stowage with instrument panel, doors (front and rear), armrests and console
  • Twin front armrests
  • Two type C USB ports front and rear
  • Wing pockets for small items
  • 16 way electric heated front seats with memory (Available as no-cost option)
  • 3 spoke single tone hide trimmed steering wheel (Available as no-cost option)
  • Bentley hide upholstery (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front + rear carpet mats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front head restraints (Available as no-cost option)
  • Standard foot pedals (Available as no-cost option)
  • 7 Seat Specification - Bentayga
  • City specification pack - Bentayga
  • 2nd and 3 rd row rear seatbelts
  • EDL
  • Electronic park brake with move-off assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Electronic tyre pressure monitoring
  • ESP + MSR + ASR
  • Exit warning
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front and rear thorax airbag system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Hill descent function
  • Rear outer seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Rollover mitigation
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
  • Branded front and rear black brake calipers (Available as no-cost option)
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Preparation for vehicle tracking
  • Remote central locking
  • Volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Permanent all wheel drive with centre torsen differential
  • Air suspension with continuous damping control (Available as no-cost option)
  • Blind stitching to standard areas (Available as no-cost option)
  • Crown cut walnut veneer (Available as no-cost option)
  • 21" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels - Painted (Available as no-cost option)
  • 21" Summer tyres (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre repair kit (Available as no-cost option)
  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:3996

  • Compression Ratio:10.1:1

  • Cylinder Layout:V8

  • Cylinders:8

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):86

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):86

  • Engine Layout:NORTH SOUTH

  • Fuel Delivery:TWIN TURBO

  • Gears:8 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:32

  • Transmission:SEMI-AUTO

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • AdBlue:No

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:4.0

  • Badge Power:550

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:V8

  • Coin Series:[Tour Spec] 7 Seat

  • Generation Mark:2

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:Not Available

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):4.5

  • Engine Power - BHP:550

  • Engine Power - KW:404

  • Engine Power - RPM:6000

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:568

  • Engine Torque - MKG:78.5

  • Engine Torque - NM:770

  • Engine Torque - RPM:2000

  • Top Speed:180

  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:285/45 ZR21

  • Tyre Size Rear:285/45 ZR21

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Wheel Type:21" ALLOY

  • Height:1728

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:5125

  • Wheelbase:2995

  • Width:2010

  • Width (including mirrors):2222

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):85

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:3250

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):213

  • Max. Loading Weight:802

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:3500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750

  • Minimum Kerbweight:2448

  • No. of Seats:7

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:12.4

By Line

Bentley's Bentayga is one of the fastest, most luxurious and priciest exclusive large luxury SUVs out there. And now it's even better. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

Ten Second Review

Bentley was clever in spotting a gaping hole in the SUV market above the ubiquitous Range Rover and filling it with its Bentayga super-luxury SUV. This car has now been usefully updated and features a smarter look and a much improved interior. It's available with a petrol V8, with Plug-in hybrid power or even in wild W12 Speed guise. Either way, it can go properly off-road and packs some impressive statistics.


While some may be surprised to see Bentley producing a SUV vehicle, those who've kept an eye on the market have had plenty of time to get used to the idea. We had our first hint at what would become the Bentayga way back in 2012 with the EXP 9 F prototype. Here, elements like as the engine and overall size gave us a good indication of what was to come, though much has changed visually since the first controversial concept was shown. Taking on board criticisms from press and potential customers alike, Bentley have made sure they put the 'sport' into their SUV. All the available petrol engines aim to give best-in-class performance, while the styling looks very Bentley-orientated. Underneath, there's architecture shared with the MK2 model Audi Q7 and the third generation Porsche Cayenne. If the Q7 is anything to go by, that bodes very well indeed.

Driving Experience

The first engine alternative is a 550PS 4.0-litre petrol V8. It makes 62mph from rest in just 4.4s on the way to a maximum of 180mph. Or, if you prioritise efficiency, there's a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol Plug-in hybrid model which has 449PS and an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. Go for the flagship petrol-engined W12 Speed model and you get a 6.0-litre 12 cylinder unit with 635PS and 900Nm of torque. Despite this variant's prodigious 2,422kg kerb weight, 62mph from rest takes just 3.9s - faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera. Flat out, you'll be doing 190mph, a figure way beyond any of its competitors. On all Bentaygas, to make sure that this big brute doesn't embarrass itself around corners, there's a fast acting 48v electric anti-roll bar system. Unlike conventional fixed anti-roll bars, this allows the Bentayga to remain supple over bumpy roads whilst still resisting roll around the twisties. It also ensures the big Bentley has plenty of ability off the beaten track even if most owners will probably never try it out. There's even the ability to raise and lower the car on its standard air suspension, perfect to make hooking up a horsebox or speedboat that much easier.

Design and Build

The Bentayga has been subtly updated to bring its look into line with Bentley's other moder recent models - in fact every panel and the front and the rear of the car is different. The key frontal change is the new larger, more upright matrix grille, which pushes the new LED matrix headlamps further apart, raising them 30 mm higher. These headlamps are elliptical - for the first time on a Bentley. They include the marque's now-signature cut crystal design, which makes them appear to sparkle even when not lit. At the rear, like the Continental GT, the Bentayga now features elliptical tail lamps for the first time. The lattice pattern offers a unique jewellery-like appearance when illuminated, with a deep, three-dimensional glow. This is still one of the largest SUVs on the road. At 5.14 meters long, it's bigger than even a long wheelbase Range Rover, although slightly lower to give a sportier feel. Step inside and you can really tell why the Bentayga weighs so much despite the high tech chassis. Everywhere you look, there's acres of leather and wood covering every surface imaginable, while if something looks like metal, it will be. The sweep of the dashboard is said to echo the wings of the Bentley badge and certainly looks very attractive - assuming you've chosen a tasteful colour scheme. This revised model features new door trims and a revised steering wheel, plus a redesigned centre fascia and digital instrumentation cluster. These are complemented by rescultped seats that further improve on the industry-recognised benchmark for seat comfort. Infotainment has now been brought up to date with the adoption of a bigger and brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch centre-dash touchscreen, with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating and much improved touch functionality. Three seating configurations are available in this Bentayga. Apart from the standard five-seat layout, an optional four-seat configuration features two individual rear seats separated by a centre console. A further three-row, seven-seat configuration offers more practicality and flexibility. As before, a removable 10.2" Bentley Entertainment Tablet can be provided for rear seat passengers. Out back, there's a 430-litre boot.

Market and Model

Bentley describe the Bentayga as the "fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world". It should therefore come as no surprise to hear that it'll cost a pretty penny to purchase. The hybrid version costs around £140,000, while the standard V8 petrol model is around £165,000. The W12 Speed is around £185,000. And, as with all Bentleys, this is only the beginning. You can pick between a three person bench or two individual seats in the back with a wide centre console. On the subject of seats, you can even get an' eventer package' with a fold-out bench in the boot. There's also an offroad package, three levels of hi-fi and fully adaptive cruise control with auto brake. Those who really want to push the boat out can opt for the full Mulliner treatment and even a Breitling Tourbillon clock in the dash. Standard kit includes a panoramic glass roof, electric massage seats, Bluetooth infotainment with sat-nav, plenty of leather and wood, air suspension, climate control and a very bespoke interior feel. Safety features include the usual airbags, ABS, stability control and brake assist. Optional items include a rear crossing traffic warning, road sign recognition and a parking assist system.

Cost of Ownership

If you have to ask yourself whether you can afford to run a Bentayga, don't bother reading any more of this section. The WLTP figures for the petrol V8 make sobering reading for eco-minded folk seduced by this SUV; a combined CO2 reading of 302g/km and a combined consumption figure of 21.2mpg. Bentley folk will probably be more concerned about how often they'll have to brush their brogues on dirty filling station forecourts; quite frequently is the answer. The quoted WLTP driving range for the V8 is 397 miles. As for the W12 Speed version, well don't expect more than about 15 to the gallon, even on a good day, necessitating a giant 87-litre fuel tank - you certainly wouldn't want to have to fill one up. You can do much better though, by opting for the 3.0-litre petrol Plug-in hybrid version. This delivers combined emissions of well under 100g/km, has an electric driving range of nearly 30 miles and can be re-charged in just two and a half hours. Across the range, the three year manufacturer's warranty is an unlimited mileage one.


You can see why it took the Bentley brand so long to get around to originally bringing us this car, but they didn't wait too long before improving it. Of course, there'll always be people who'll sneer at the concept behind this kind of super-luxury SUV - as one writer put it, 'never again need you be stuck up a creek without a china dinner service'. Still, if you can get over your prejudices and appreciate this model for what it's managed to achieve, there's lots to like here. Contrary to what some people might tell you, it's very much its own car, very much unique and, best of all, very much a Bentley. Which if you'd like one, will be exactly what you'll want to hear.