Bentley Bentayga review – the ultimate luxury SUV? - Design

Bentley's first SUV is sure to be a sales hit, but its sheer weight limits the appeal as a drivers SUV

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from £135,800
  • Immensely capable, W12 and V8 diesel options both immensely rapid
  • Very heavy, and not really able to shrug it off... and just look at it...

Design

The Bentayga is based on the same platform as the Audi Q7, so its basic proportions are fairly similar. The scalable nature of the VW Group’s MLB platform means it’s a significantly larger car, though – and at two metres in width (without mirrors!) it commands a significant road presence. That’s aided by monstrous 20 or 21-inch wheels and of course the huge chrome Bentley grille up front.

Styling is inspired by the EXP F9 concept, but we’re glad to see that it’s been toned down from that car. Traditional Bentley styling cues – the quad headlights, the classic grille – combine with modern touches like the LED taillamps, which proudly display a Bentley ‘B’ when illuminated. You’d be hard pressed to call the Bentayga pretty, but it’s definitely imposing, and that’s what really matters to a lot of buyers.

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