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2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 22, 2020

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Aditya Suresh

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With the world-leading automakers already on the rise to roll out their flagship SUVs out on the road, Bentley is no exception. Bentley first came in the year 2019 with the brand’s legendary W12 engine, but since then it has been joined by V8 as well. Although, fret not, the V8 packs the same grunt, power, and panache in a wholesome deal as the W12, if not more.

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Pros

Luxurious interior

Refined Driving Dynamics

V8 still as good as the W12

Good off-road capability

Cons

Still a fuel-guzzling machine

Limited Rear cabin space and cargo room

What's New?

It basically is a carry-forward version from the year 2019, but with a V8.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$168300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

542 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

568 lbs.-ft. @ 1960 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.8/15.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.9 in.

length

202.4 in.

width

87.5 in.

height

68.6 in.

curb weight

5264 lbs.

ground clearance

9.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/23/17 mpg

highway range

517.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited

corrosion warranty

3 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Styles

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Alpine Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

8.2

Exterior

9.3

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.5

Final Verdict

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Base

Base

power
542 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Twin turbo premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$168,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $168,300 MSRP (14/17/23) 542 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Twin turbo premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Design Edition

Design Edition

power
600 hp @ 5000-6000 rpm
fuel
Twin turbo premium unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$203,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Design Edition 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $203,200 MSRP (14/17/23) 600 hp @ 5000-6000 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Twin turbo premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


The Bentayga is a big SUV designed to deliver equally high performance and luxury. The Bentayga has Bentley’s trademark design all over. Powering the much-awaited SUV from Bentley’s line-up is a new 4.0-Liter V8 punching out 542-horsepower, which is definitely not a bad thing at all, considering it has replaced the W12. A price tag of

$165,000 lands it at the bottom-most place in terms of price, as it might be the best bang for the buck, all the while competing with the likes of Lamborghini Urus and land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Front View
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Rear View

5.5/10
Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

9.3/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Features

5.5/10

The Bentley Bentayga is an ultra-premium SUV that starts from $165,000. The feature list, as expected is expansive and is packed to the brim. The Range Rover Sport also features a five seating capacity which boosts the practicality. The list of active and passive safety features and all the creature comforts come from the base trim itself, and will only increase as once you go up the ladder. Its elder sibling, the W12 starts at $229,100 and offers further trims with a more extensive list of opulent features and luxuries.

The varying range of powertrain options might also include a hybrid as well.

Trim V8 W12 Mulliner Designer Edition
MSRP (AWD) $168,300 $229,100 $298,000 $203,200
Key Features 20” inch alloy wheels Adds/Upgrades to W12 Adds/Upgrades to Mulliner 21" Five Twin-Spoke Alloy Wheel
  8” Infotainment System with navigation Heated steering wheel Speed-sensing electric power-assist rack-pinion steering 8" Touchscreen Infotainment w/ 60GB HDD, Navigation
  Four-Zone climate control Dual-Zone climate control A/C Memory seats Black 'B' Badging On Radiator Shell, Boot Lid & Wheels
  Power tilt/ telescopic steering Column Driver and passenger heated seatbacks Distance pacing cruise control Panoramic Roof w/ Tilt & Slide Front Panel & Fixed Rear Panel
  Audio System with 10 speakers Leather dashboard Piano black instrument panel insert  
  Eliade headlining Leather headlining 22” BSW performance tires  
  Full LED adaptive headlamps with High beam assist. 21” allow wheels    

We recommend:

With the Bentayga being offered in two engine options, the V8 and the W12. The difference in power figures is also accompanied by a greater gap between the pricing for both options. We would recommend the V8, as it provides you with ample power, grunt and also a car that drives well, all for a price difference of $60,000.

From whatever we’ve seen so far, this Bentley Bentayga V8 does seem like a fair choice of purchase.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The Bentayga is offered in a variety of powertrains starting from a 542-hp twin-turbo V8 engine to a 600 hp W12 engine. The performance characteristics are unlike any. The Bentayga V8 engine churns out a maximum of 542 hp, which in hindsight is powerful but not as much as the other SUVs in the lineup. As far as transmission is concerned, the 8-speed shiftable automatic delivers power to all the wheels. It is powerful to drive, and as you dial through each driving mode going up the ladder, the drive gets more athletic and mightier.

Models

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

MSRP

$165,000

$325,000

$200,000

$209,500

Engine

4.0L Premium V8

6.8L Premium V12

4.0L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD 4WD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic w/OD

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

542@6,000

563@5,000

641@6,000

557@6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

568@2,000

627@1,700

626@2,250

516@3,500

*-2019 variants have been taken for reference purposes 

Range Rover is the only SUV that is powered by a supercharged engine in this day and age when emission laws are stringent than ever. As this motor is supercharged, it feels like the liveliest of the bunch. The throttle response is immediate and there’s no lag whatsoever, unlike the turbocharged engines under the hood of its competitors. Lamborghini Urus with its modest price tag and engine punches out a maximum of 641 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque .bentley Bentayga follows the rest of the bunch with it punching out the lowest power figures.

Acceleration

The Bentley Bentayga comes with a variety of engines under the hood. On testing the base V8. it might not have those hardcore power figures of a W12 For a base engine, it performs amazingly well. The engine has a decent amount of low-end torque as its a turbocharged motor but it comes alive somewhere in the middle of the rev range. Off the line, the acceleration feels brisk as the power is neatly spread to all four wheels maintaining traction at all times and in the hairiest of the situations.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV 0-60 MPH In just 4.4 sec

 It is not before the launch of the Bentayga that you will be able to experience its true potential. With the V8 underneath, the Bentayga takes 4.4s from 0-60 mph, around 0.8 seconds slower than the Lamborghini Urus. 

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.4

4.8

3.6

5.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

12.5

11.3

13.1

Top Speed (MPH) 190` 190 190 N/A

Engine

4.0L Premium V8

6.8L Premium V12

4.0L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

8.4

10.2

10.2

8.9

A 0-60mph dash of 4.4 seconds is not bad considering the heft and its a base engine but in front of the Urus, the English brute falls short of firepower and loses out to its Italian sibling, the Lamborghini Urus, by a huge margin. Talking about the weight, Rolls Royce Cullinan is the heaviest of the lot but still manages to outrun the Range Rover SV Autobiography by a margin. 

Braking

For the hefty 5.2 tonnes SUV to come to a stop. you’d require pretty big and competent brakes. Although the braking prowess is not yet published, we are certain enough that the Bentayga will have a pretty good stopping distance. The pedals feel firm all the while behaving effectively. To put things into perspective, the Lamborghini Urus has a massive 17.32-inch brake rotor in the front.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Has Front Brake is 15.8 in.

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

15.8

N/A

17.32

15

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

15

N/A

14.57

14.4

Curb Weight

(lbs)

5280

6069

4850

5547

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

107

117

All of these lifestyle premium sporty SUVs in this competition employ massive brakes to resist motion and come to a halt in a jiffy. Such as the, 2019 Lamborghini Urus which employs a set of 17.32-inch rotors in the front and 14.57-inches in the back, and thus it brings the Urus to a pretty competitive stopping distance of 107 ft.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Bentley Bentayga’s ride quality benefits largely from its 48-volt dynamic Ride system, wherein it actively adjusts sway bars that counter the lateral movement of the Bentayga’s humongous body. The effect is a balance of ride and handling whenever you want it to be, from soft yet stable to firm and sharp. The ride out on the highway is absolutely sublime and super comfy. It manages its heft cleverly using adaptive air suspension, which is an option and stiffened anti-roll bars. It has the ability to manipulate you into thinking it isn’t an SUV, so precise, comfortable, and posh is its ride quality alongside its accurate steering.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Rear View

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The 2020 Aston Martin DBX has not yet been rated for fuel consumption. Although as is the case with most Aston Martins, this SUV too will probably not very fuel-efficient. Official figures will be available only once the car hits the markets.

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

MPG (City)

14

12

12

13

MPG (Highway)

23

20

17

19

MPG (Combined)

17

14

14

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.5

N/A

19.8

27.3

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

315/518/382

N/A

238/337/277

355/519/409

The Bentley Bentayga is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the competition with a combined output of 17 miles to the gallon. Whereas, the Rolls Royce Cullinan has the lowest fuel efficiency of 14 miles to the gallon.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior

8.2/10

Bentayga’s interior is absolutely stunning. The design marvels in the Bentley factory have done an extremely good job of bringing the interior alive. Alcantara in a Bentley, what more do you want?

Seating and Comfort

This Bentley Bentayga is a beautiful place to spend time in. the seating is perfect for four if it comes with rear bucket seats or else five if you opt for the bench seats. Even though the V8 is a base model, it is nothing less than an uber-luxury SUV. Bentley allows buyers to customize or personalize just about everything. It feels like a lounge on the inside. And with further options available, the SUV turns out to be even more premium. Seating for 5, the sophisticated SUV has great legroom and headspace for both the front and back seaters.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Front Seats

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.3/N/A/41.7

N/A

N/A

39.3/60.7/42.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/N/A/40.9

N/A

N/A

39.2/58.3/47.5

Range Rover seems to have an upper hand in terms of practicality as it offers quite a lot of cabin space both in the front and rear for the passengers to stretch accordingly for those long rides. With that being said, the seats in the Bentayga lack in the legroom department when compared to the SV Autobiography. 

Cargo Volume 

Judging by the 2020 Aston Martin DBX’s small rear overhang, space for cargo in the trunk should be less. The Bentayga’s trunk is the smallest in the segment. At 17.1 cubic feet, its boot is the biggest letdown. Still considering the fact that this Bentley Bentayga goes up against the likes of the Range Rover SV autobiography and Cullinan, practicality and utility will be a core concern.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Cargo Volume with Rear Seats up is 17.1 cu ft.

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Cargo Capacity  (ft3)

17.1

N/A

21.8

24.5

To put things into perspective, the sports SUV Lamborghini Urus has much bigger cargo space in the back, with the seats folded up. The Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography and the Lamborghini Urus totally nail their competitors in terms of outright boot space on offer. 

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior

9.3/10

Looking at the Bentayga, you can always see that Bentley has tried to bring in quite a lot of resemblance from the Bentley cars. It is basically a Bentley car on huge Monster truck wheels. It carries forward the same elegance and exclusivity of the regular Bentayga. Exactly like its Sedan counterparts, the Bentayga sports a much longer hood, from where the windshield arcs into the vast sloping roofline.

Dimensions and Design

The Bentley Bentayga has the road presence of a flamboyant, yet the devilish charm of an SUV. An approaching Bentayga cannot be mistaken for any car other than a Bentley. It has that typical front fascia we are so accustomed to. The huge grille is complemented by sleek-looking headlights, the trademark of any Bentley design.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Three Quarter View

From the sides, this Bentley looks athletic despite its high suspension. There hardly seems to be any use of plastic on the body. Simple fused with elegance and posh style characterized by hard and straight lines are molded to make up the 2020 Bentley Bentayga.

Model

 Bentley Bentayga

*2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan

*2019 Lamborghini Urus

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Curb Weight (lbs)

5280

6069

4850

5547

Length (in)

202.4

210.0

201.3

204.7

Width (in)

78.7

79.0

79.4

78.1

Height (in)

68.6

72.0

64.5

73.5

Ground Clearance (in)

8

N/A

6.8

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

115.0

130

118.2

115

While the weight is a hefty 5280 pounds, the SUV still performs with very nimble handling and excellent power delivery. 

The Range Rover Sport carries the traditional Land Rover design language and has that macho appeal to it which makes it stand out of the crowd and even after 7 years, it still manages to attract buyers and with a massive ground clearance of 8.7 inches, scraping the underbelly won’t be a major problem. On the other hand, the Cullinan has the longest wheelbase of 130 inches and hence packs the maximum cabin space out of all the four.

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior
2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Exterior

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Safety

9.0/10

When German safety and reliability are thrown into question, little or for that matter no faults are found, also comes under the Audi platform. Bentley being from Britain might not be the best performers in the Automotive world, but they excel in one and one thing specifically-luxury. In addition, a host of safety features, active and passive both have been added to it for the year 2020.The main government testing facilities have yet not tested the SUV from the Bentley lineup and thus at this moment, nothing can be said about how safe it is. The cluster of active and safety features provided by Bentley is nothing short of impressive. In fact, it has used a cluster of safety features which makes it a desirable SUV even more than its competitors.

Some of the safety features on point are-

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) And Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Automated parking sensors
  • Blind Spot sensor
  • Forward Collision and Rear Collision
  • Tire Specific Low tire pressure Warning
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Competition

8.5/10

2020 Bentley Bentayga vs. Rolls Royce Cullinan-

Both the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan are both big and heavy, but also plenty fast at the same time. The Bentley though is more eager of the two. The Rolls suffers a bit because of its weight. Call it a friendly family feud if you have to as there’s hardly anything friendly about this face-off. The engine on the Cullinan has its own character unlike any. Although the Bentley totally overshadows the pace this Cullinan tries to set. Overall, in a gist, Cullinan really isn’t worth the thousands of extra bucks you’ll have to spend on it.

2020  Rolls Royce Cullinan

2020 Bentley Bentayga vs. Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography- 

These two have been up to each other’s necks for quite some time. The range Rover performs as good as it costs. Although what Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography offers for those extra thousands of bucks is an off-road capable car in the lap of luxury. Both the cars are a luxury model of their respective manufacturers, but only with the Land Rover could you actually take proper advantage of the rough and violent terrain.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography

2020 Bentley Bentayga SUV Final Verdict

8.0/10

Bentley has been teasing us with an SUV for quite some time, and all these years later, we’ve finally had the chance to take a glance at what the company has to offer in the year 2019. Now coming onto the year 2020, the W12 from the hood and replacing it with the V8 has barely made any power deficit. It’s good on-road and amazingly well offroad and has Bentley history backing up which makes it a well worth buy. Although the V8 and the W12 have a massive price difference of about $60,000, it shouldn\t logically matter for people already opting for a $165,000 Bentley to shell out a couple more bucks

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