2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 Review | carsales

2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 Review | carsales


The Bentley Bentayga isn’t the prettiest
SUV on the market today nor is it even remotely the cheapest. So if you’re after a good looking SUV or
a cheap one, it’s probably best you click off now. Right so are they gone? What the Bentayga is is half a million dollars’
worth of look at me and unashamedly so. And for that aspect alone, I sort of like
this car. This is the latest version of the Bentayga
and in place of that outrageous Bentley W12 six litre W12 is a twin turbo four litre V8
that shares with some Porsche and some Audi models. But despite dropping four pots, it delivers
95% of the 12’s froth and bubble and performance that is just as outrageous. How fast is it? Well try zero to 100 in four point five seconds
and a top speed approaching 180. That’s miles an hour. Bentley offers four, five and seven seat versions
of the Bentayga and it’s pretty much if you can think of an option you can get it. And then some. This particular car’s build sheet starts
with Mulliner driving specification suspension makeover. For the princely sum of $31,066 and 75 cents. The full list is way too long to run through
here but with a few ticks, we’ve added a touch under 140,000 to this V8’s base price
of almost $345,000. Try 499,000 plus change on the road for this
granite on beluga black line spec Bentley Bentayga V8. But if you had the money, why wouldn’t you? Cue the cliché, this cabin is like a private
club on wheels. Well have a look at it. It is. The only thing missing is a personal valet
and your favourite tipple. On the road the Bentayga’s surprisingly
good. The steering’s got a real precision great
feel to it and it puts together corners in a way some other SUV’s struggle to match. You’d never get away from its sheer size
but it never feels ponderous. From the start I really didn’t want to like
this car but I’m sort of falling for it. And it almost goes without saying, it’s
beautifully quiet and every control has a measured bespoke feel to it. These vent slides are a case in
point and the trademark alloy controls are in a realm of their own. You really want to touch and experience the
materials and the cabin. The fit and finish. It’s got an amazing tactile nature to it
and that’s part of the reason you spend lots of money on a car like a Bentley. Bentley prides itself on its interiors. It has craftsmen doing hours of work on even
simple things like the steering wheel. It’s a pretty special place and a great
way to travel. And the other great part of being in the cabin,
well there’s no escaping it, you don’t have to look at the Bentayga driving past. At its essence the Bentley Bentayga is a great
drive but cars at this end of the cost spectrum are more about function or even form. They’re about making a statement. And four years on from its launch this car
still has plenty to say.