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2021 Bentley Bentayga
Select a Different Model (2 Available): Speed
Fuel Economy $ 12 / 18 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 17 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/7
Horsepower 626@5,000
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2021 Bentley Bentayga MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Endless thrust from V-8 and W-12 models
  • Tasteful modern interior
  • Controlled, carlike handling

Cons

  • Decent but not great ride
  • Costly options that should be standard
  • Inconsistent hybrid brake feel

Bentley's Bentayga SUV was controversial at launch, with no help from its forefather, the ostentatious EXP 9F concept. But an ultra-luxe crossover is more palatable these days with competitive entries from Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin. Four years after its launch for the 2016 model year, the leather-lined ute gets a midcycle refresh with updated exterior and interior styling. It competes with other ultra-luxury SUVs including the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Aston Martin DBX, plus top-spec versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover.

What's New

  • Tweaked exterior design
  • Standard 10.9-inch infotainment display replaces the old 8.0-inch system
  • Newly available digital instrument cluster display
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay now standard, Android Auto newly available
  • Redesigned seats, door trim, steering wheel, digital dash
  • Two new paint options, a new 22-inch wheel design

What We Think

Skeptics be damned; the Bentley of SUVs is awesome. We drove the refreshed model in the summer of 2020, and it seriously impressed. The tweaked styling is more dramatic and muscular than before—though it retains the platform's proportional limitations—and the interior updates make a big difference. This new infotainment display and digital instrument cluster elegantly modernize the cabin

Powertrains are impressive across the board, with a locomotive-grade Porsche twin-turbo V-8, a quiet and efficient hybrid, and a monstrous W-12. The 12-cylinder Bentayga Speed placed third in a four-way super SUV comparison. It impressed us with well-rounded character and excellent Continental GT-like handling, but it felt more like a heavy grand touring SUV than a high-riding supercar, which didn't help in this company.

Ride quality is good, but not quite as plush as that of a Range Rover. Off-road ability is better than you'd expect. Large wheels mean there's some impact harshness. The steering lacks feel, too. But the Bentayga looks like a Bentley, coddles like a Bentley, and effortlessly accumulates speed like a Bentley. Bentley aficionados will be thrilled.

Is the Bentley Bentayga Fast?

The short answer is yes, but exactly how fast depends on what's under the hood. Most Bentaygas—about 70 percent—are fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 courtesy of Porsche. It develops 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, which Bentley claims will motivate the Bentayga from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and to a top speed of 180 mph.

Those after ultimate performance in their six-figure British SUV should wait for the return of the Bentayga Speed in early 2021. That car will be powered by the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 as the pre-refresh model and will generate 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Bentley says the heavier, more expensive Bentayga reaches 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and its extra power nudges the top speed up to 190 mph.

If prodigious power doesn't seem worth the money and time you'll spend stopping to fill up all the time, Bentley will offer a Bentayga Hybrid in the spring of 2021 with a turbo V-6 working together with a 126-hp electric motor. Acceleration to 60 mph comes in a claimed 5.2 seconds, and top speed will be below 160 mph.

Platform-Sharing People Mover

One of the more controversial aspects of the Bentayga at launch was that rather than riding on a bespoke chassis, the Bentley SUV was built on a Volkswagen platform shared with other vehicles. The production Bentayga is built around the modular MLB Evo platform, which also serves as the basis for the Audi Q7 and Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, and other vehicles.

What Is the Bentayga Mulliner?

Similar to Aston Martin's Q or McLaren's MSO, Mulliner is the in-house customization department at Bentley. Bentley offers a wide variety of paint and upholstery options, but if you want something one-of-a-kind, it'll have to come from Mulliner. In addition to customization, Mulliner also lends its coach-building name to special editions including the 2017 Bentayga Mulliner, the hunting-inspired Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner, and the equestrian-themed 2018 Bentayga Mulliner.

Technology

Some of the biggest news that comes with the 2021 Bentayga face-lift is its new infotainment system. Out goes the 8.0-inch display the Bentayga launched with; it now comes standard with a 10.9-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard, and Android Auto compatibility is new to Bentley for this year. Bentley has also introduced an optional 20-speaker Naim premium audio system, and the Bentayga gains the fully digital instrument cluster we've experienced in the Flying Spur and Continental GT.

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2021 BENTLEY BENTAYGA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: W12 Turbo 6.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (ZF AL952)
Trim
Speed
Class
Luxury Utility
Horsepower
626@5,000
Standard MPG
12/18
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/7
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Full Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Powertrain Warranty Months
36
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated