2021 Bentley Bentayga

Release Date: Available now
Estimated Price: Starting at $179,725
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2021 Bentley Bentayga Review

  • Incredible luxury and craftsmanship
  • Powerful engine and quick acceleration
  • Legitimate off-road capability
  • Optional seating for up to seven
  • Optional equipment is very expensive
  • Standard rear bench seat is a bit flat and plain
  • Refreshed exterior with a new grille and oval headlights
  • New tech interface with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Increased rear legroom
  • Part of the first Bentayga generation introduced for 2017

With its posh interior, superlative road manners and eye-watering price tag, the Bentley Bentayga is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive SUVs on the planet. It's been around since the 2017 model year and now, for 2021, gets its first significant update.

Inside, the Bentayga receives a much-needed substantial overhaul with a new 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. But there's also a new look for the 2021 model. The grille is larger and more upright than before, and new oval-shaped headlights are pushed farther to the outside. Out back, Bentley has relocated the license plate frame below the now full-width hatch, and there are new oval taillights that recall the ones found on the Continental GT. Overall, these changes help introduce Bentley's newest styling traits as well as make it easy to differentiate the refreshed Bentayga from previous-year models.

As exclusive as the Bentayga may be, manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Range Rover have their own take on what an opulent SUV should be. Mercedes-Benz offers both the GLS 580 and the legendary AMG G 63. And from Bentley's own backyard, Range Rover offers its top-of-the-line SVAutobiography trim. And not to be outdone, ever, Rolls-Royce builds the opulent Cullinan. All of these SUVs will take a house-sized dent out of your bank account but offer nearly unrivaled comfort and status.

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In a world rife with SUVs, it can be difficult to stand out. But the Bentayga manages to make a statement no matter where it goes. Power and build quality are deeply impressive, and customization is nearly unlimited. A new 10.9-inch infotainment system has done wonders for the interior, greatly improving the already excellent Bentayga experience.
Part SUV and part Saturn V rocket, the Bentayga makes as much of a statement as its styling. In our testing of a V8 model, the Bentayga blasted from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds. The burly V8 soundtrack is cool too. Acceleration is effortless, befitting a true luxury vehicle. Braking and handling capability are nearly up to the same level but lack the feel they should have at this price. There's also some grabbiness to the pedal, which can make it difficult to stop smoothly around town.

Multimode terrain settings and an air suspension enable commendable off-road performance. With no limited-slip differentials, it's the braking system and the air suspension that get the Bentayga where it needs to go. The on-road tires are also a limiting factor.
The Bentayga checks all the boxes in this category. This SUV no doubt sets the standard for the class, from its supremely comfortable front seats to near vault-like silence at high speeds. The seats are supportive, supple and exceedingly comfortable even over long distances.

No matter the Bentayga's speed, very little road or wind noise is allowed to enter the cabin. But the 22-inch wheel and tire package did somewhat compromise the ride on less-than-perfect surfaces. The somewhat plain-looking and somewhat flat rear bench seat is also a blemish, although it can be optioned with heating and ventilation for the outboard seats or replaced with more luxurious captain's chairs.
The Bentayga benefits from being not too high off the ground — it's easy to get in and out of, and forward visibility is excellent. The view over the broad hood gives you a commanding view of the road and your position on it.

Drivers can get comfortable immediately, and the multitude of seat adjustments allows for highly detailed fine-tuning for the perfect position. The new infotainment system and center console layout have done wonders for the Bentayga's interior. It's now fully modern but has a hint of traditional luxury. Rear passengers have plenty of legroom and headroom.
Previously, the Bentayga had a Volkswagen corporate hand-me-down infotainment system that betrayed the luxury and craftsmanship of the rest of the interior. But the new 10.9-inch unit looks crisp and modern and is relatively easy to navigate. The handwriting recognition feature works great, and the voice control system responds well to fairly natural language. High marks also go to the optional Naim audio system. Should you already have the money for a Bentayga, the $8,800 audio upgrade shouldn't be much of a stretch.

Apple CarPlay is available via a wireless connection, and Android Auto is also standard. USB ports exist for front and backseat passengers, and the wireless charging pad offers plenty of room for larger phones. Most of the Bentayga's driver aids are very well calibrated with the exception of the hands-free lane keeping assist system. It's a bit clumsy in its operation and can bounce the Bentayga around between lane markers.
There's adequate cargo space for an SUV of this size. The folding split rear seats allow easy storage for a bicycle should you be inclined. Curiously, Bentley didn't trim the cargo area with any real luxury touches; open the rear liftgate and you're not going to see anything special. Interior storage isn't overly abundant either, but it is practical and keeps items secure.

For small-child duty, the Bentley's wide doors and relatively low ride height mean it's easy to get safety seats and children in and out. A tow rating of 7,716 pounds might sound impressive, but this number has not been confirmed with recognized U.S. testing procedures that demand a tongue weight of at least 10%. As such, we cannot fully trust this number.
The EPA estimates that the Bentayga V8 will get 17 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Yet in our testing we found that typical driving can net you a mere 10 mpg. Don't trust the trip computer's mpg calculations either; it's wildly optimistic. Bentley is offering the Bentayga Hybrid should you want to ease your conscience ... a little bit.
Customization is the name of the game, and Bentley does it as well as anyone. The quality of the seats, stitching, leather and paint is exceptional, and the Bentayga stands head and shoulders above its rivals here. Knurled finishes on many surfaces lend a watch-like quality to many small parts.

Service and customer care are beyond what most car buyers will ever know, but you will pay for that privilege. Every part of the Bentayga is covered under a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty; that goes for the traditional bumper-to-bumper warranty and powertrain components as well.
Exclusivity, status, and the ability to flaunt both of them at any time are what the Bentayga is all about. Even in an era where the SUV is ubiquitous, the Bentayga stands out. There are better-equipped luxury vehicles, and even less expensive ones, but almost nothing competes with the Bentayga.

Despite your best efforts at restraint, you'll wind up flexing all that power and having moments of warp speed just because you can. You can even chuck the Bentayga around with some abandon. Physics will eventually catch up with you, but not many other motorists will.

Which Bentayga does Edmunds recommend?

Should you have the ability to afford one, we'd recommend the Bentayga V8 as a good starting point. We say starting point because, although there are no real trim levels in the Bentayga lineup, the near endless array of customization options, as well as a few choice option packages, can help you set your Bentayga apart from the rest. We'd opt for the Touring Specification for its advanced driver aids, the Naim for Bentley audio system upgrade, Bentley Dynamic Ride for active body control, and the Four Seat Comfort option, which replaces the three-passenger rear bench seat with two luxurious seats with heating, ventilation and a multitude of adjustments.

Bentley Bentayga models

Bentley trim levels are usually differentiated by engine choice. At the moment, only the Bentayga V8 is available, but a Bentayga Hybrid and a Bentayga Speed (powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine) will become available later. A mind-boggling array of interior and exterior color choices are available, as well as a fair number of stand-alone options to tailor the Bentayga to your needs. There are several more traditional (and eye-wateringly expensive) option packages, which Bentley refers to as Specifications. Highlight features include:

Bentayga V8
Comes well equipped with:

  • 542-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Full leather interior
  • 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Adaptive LED headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)

Mulliner Driving Specification

  • 22-inch black alloy wheels
  • Diamond-quilted leather on seats and doors
  • Sport pedals
  • Unique oil and fuel filler caps

Touring Specification

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Night vision

Blackline Specification

  • Black-painted exterior trim (grille, window trim, headlight surrounds, roof rails, side vents)

All Terrain Specification

  • Drive mode controller
  • Four off-road settings
  • Underbody protection
  • Luggage management system

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Bentley Bentayga vs. the competition

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Bentley Bentayga vs. Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Not to be outdone, Rolls-Royce introduced the opulent, and highly controversial, Cullinan in 2019. With love-it-or-hate-it exterior styling, the Cullinan demands recognition. Inside, Rolls-Royce has spared no expense in creating the ultimate luxury SUV. Build quality is unmatched, with exquisite attention to detail. But all of this lavishness will set you back over $300K to start.

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Bentley Bentayga vs. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

A favorite of new money everywhere, the G-Class offers military-grade looks, a wide array of customization options, and genuine off-road capability. We're far less enamored with the terribly awkward driving position, ponderous handling, lack of interior space and Mercedes-Benz's last-generation infotainment system. If you must, the AMG G 63 offers a powerful V8 engine.

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Bentley Bentayga vs. Land Rover Range Rover

When equipped in its most luxurious SVAutobiography trim with the extended wheelbase, the Range Rover delivers similar sights, smells (there's so much leather) and sounds as the Bentayga. Unfortunately for the Range Rover, it can't really hold a candle to the way the Bentayga goes down a road, and it feels cumbersome and a little slow by comparison.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga First Impressions

What is the Bentayga?

With its posh interior, superlative road manners and eye-watering price tag, the Bentley Bentayga is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive SUVs on the planet. It's been around since the 2017 model year and now, for 2021, gets its first significant update.

We're most excited about the Bentayga's technology improvements, which we cover in detail below. But there's also a new look for the 2021 model. The grille is larger and more upright than before, and new oval-shaped headlights are pushed farther to the outside. Out back, Bentley has relocated the license plate frame below the now full-width hatch, and there are new oval taillights that recall the ones found on the Continental GT. Overall, these changes help introduce Bentley's newest styling traits as well as make it easy to differentiate the refreshed Bentayga from previous-year models.

2021 Bentley Bentayga - Front 3/4
2021 Bentley Bentayga
What's under the Bentayga's hood?

We've never had an issue with the Bentayga's powertrain lineup, so it's good news that engine choices are unchanged from last year. The 2021 Bentayga will launch with the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, which produces 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. In previous Edmunds testing, this burly engine propelled the Bentayga from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. That's an impressively quick time. A V8-powered Land Rover Range Rover we tested, for example, needed 5.0 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint.

The Bentayga's other engines will return later in the model year. The first is a turbocharged V6 plug-in hybrid, which serves as the Bentayga's entry-level engine. We'll also see the turbocharged W12 in the top Bentayga Speed trim. While power figures haven't been released yet, we don't expect them to change from the current ratings of 443 horsepower and 626 hp, respectively.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga
How's the Bentayga's interior?

The Bentayga's expertly crafted interior is one of its defining features, and the 2021 model ups the ante with a greater selection of materials and enhanced usability. There's a new steering wheel and redesigned center stack up front, plus a single central air vent that replaces the twin vents from last year.

Rear occupants get slightly more legroom than last year thanks to redesigned seats, which now offer further customizations for a more tailored look. Ventilated rear seats — previously only available on four-seat configurations — are now available on the popular five-seat Bentayga.

2021 Bentley Bentayga - Front Interior
2021 Bentley Bentayga
How's the Bentayga's tech?

While these updates are all good and fine, we're most excited about the 2021 Bentayga's revised touchscreen system. The previous 8-inch screen suffered from low-resolution graphics and a thinly veiled Volkswagen interface — not exactly becoming of one of the world's preeminent luxury brands.

Front and center of the 2021 Bentayga is a 10.9-inch screen and several nearby physical buttons that you can press to access high-level infotainment functions. While we haven't tested this setup yet, we expect it'll operate in a similar fashion to the systems we've seen in certain models from Audi and Porsche — Bentley's corporate cousins. And if that's the case, we expect the revised infotainment system to be far more attractive and intuitive than the existing setup.

Wired Android Auto is now supported, while iPhone owners can now enjoy wireless CarPlay functionality. Other enhancements include a fully digital instrument panel and a larger rear-seat control unit.

2021 Bentley Bentayga - Center Console
2021 Bentley Bentayga
EdmundsEdmunds says

The updated 2021 Bentley Bentayga features a restyled exterior and new customization options among its enhancements. But it's the more modern touchscreen interface with better smartphone connectivity that has us most intrigued.

2021 Bentley Bentayga - Rear Interior
2021 Bentley Bentayga