2022 Bentley Bentayga S review: Lively luxury - Roadshow

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The caller Bentley Bentayga S can't lucifer the outright powerfulness of the Bentayga Speed, but spot me, this V8-powered SUV tin much than clasp its own. Plus, it's got added exertion that makes it a veritable country carver, not to notation each the luxury and amenities that travel with the Bentley badge.

The S exemplary has a fewer ocular upgrades implicit the modular Bentayga V8. Notice the blacked-out trim, smoked headlight and taillight lenses, 22-inch wheels, larger rear spoiler and unsocial tailpipes. Overall, the look is good, though the Bentayga itself is alternatively polarizing. I deliberation the much downmarket Audi Q8 really looks better.

For the S, Bentley tuned its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to nutrient 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. All of that is routed done a buttery-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel thrust is standard.

My 1 gripe astir the V8 is its turbo lag. Sure, the Bentayga S tin sprint from a halt to 60 mph successful conscionable 4.4 seconds, but it won't precisely propulsion you backmost successful your seat. Stomp connected the throttle and thing truly happens until the Bentayga reaches 20 mph oregon so, but then, astatine least, it perfectly rips.

Fuel system isn't adjacent that bad, each things considered. The Bentayga S has an EPA-estimated standing of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg road and 18 mpg combined. After a week of investigating that includes 600 miles of driving, I averaged 18.3 mpg. Not excessively shabby.

The Bentayga's modular driving mode -- labeled B, for Bentley -- is perfectly serene. But power the mounting to Sport and everything gets better. The acceleration is much immediate, the steering is heavier and the exhaust gets a full batch louder. The Bentayga S comes modular with Bentley's Dynamic Ride technology, made up of 48-volt architecture that tin use 959 pound-feet of torque to the SUV's anti-roll bars to equilibrium the assemblage portion cornering. It works similar a charm, keeping the Bentayga bully and level connected twisty roads.

Bentley reworked the Bentayga's brake-based torque-vectoring tech truthful it's much responsive to inputs. The extremity effect is an SUV that genuinely drives similar a lighter, much nimble car. Based connected however nicely this happening handles winding roads, you'd ne'er deliberation you were successful a 5,000-plus-pound leather-clad behemoth.

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The interior is thing abbreviated of supple.

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This absorption connected sportiness is what sets the Bentayga isolated from its closest competitors, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Both of those SUVs are quick, don't get maine wrong, but they aren't made for backroad shenanigans. The Lamborghini Urus, meanwhile, takes things excessively acold successful the different direction, with a overmuch much earthy and visceral acquisition -- and doubly arsenic ugly, too. If the Lambo is simply a cage fighter, the Bentley is simply a man boxer. It'll footwear immoderate ass, but ever remains civilized.

I'm disappointed the Bentayga doesn't connection much successful the mode of modular driving aids, particularly considering the six-figure terms tag. All that's included astatine nary other outgo is automatic exigency braking with pedestrian detection. Amenities similar lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise power and a head-up show are locked down the $8,640 Touring Specification pack. Why americium I being nickel-and-dimed successful a Bentley?

At slightest the compartment feels similar a cardinal bucks, flush with leather and Alcantara trim. The spot massagers unbend maine portion I crank up the tunes connected the optional 20-speaker Naim stereo. This is heaven.

My Bentayga has a two-tone Porpoise (that's the sanction of the color, not the hide) and Imperial Blue scheme, with plentifulness of contrasting stitching. I emotion the diamond-brushed aluminum signifier connected the dash, adjacent if it is simply a $10,000 add-on. Go large oregon spell home, right? In summation to massage, the beforehand seats are heated and cooled, and the carpet is ace plush. It's thing abbreviated of decadent.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga S

This is the best-driving Bentayga.

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Multimedia tech is housed connected a 10.9-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The strategy is simply a small laggy sometimes, but mostly works well, and is fundamentally a reskinned mentation of the tech Audi uses successful immoderate of its cars.

The rear passengers person a wireless tablet that tin negociate clime controls, the model blinds, ambient lighting and spot heating oregon cooling. It tin besides show navigational accusation similar existent speed, region traveled and truthful on. There are besides 2 10.1-inch tablets that tin show multimedia via HDMI oregon USB cablegram and adjacent watercourse from Netflix.

All totaled up, my trial Bentayga S costs $269,390. That includes $46,865 successful options and $2,725 for destination. Expensive? Yes. But did you expect thing less?

If you tin spend one, the Bentayga S is simply a large choice. It takes each the bully things astir Bentley's SUV and adds a dollop of performance, and fundamentally makes the Speed irrelevant. It's decidedly the mode to go.

Score Breakdown

Performance 9Features 8Design 7.5Media 9

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