Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy one?

Yes – on the understanding that if you really must have a 2.4-tonne SUV that’s capable of a 4.5 second 0-62mph time and cocoons you in a bubble of luxury almost impossible to find elsewhere. We understand that at this kind of price point, we’re hardly offering the same kind of consumer advice as we would with a Volkswagen Golf. Nevertheless, we do recommend buying a Bentley Bentayga, as it’s an excellent all-rounder.

Despite its SUV shape, the Bentayga is still something befitting of the big B badge. The interior, while not as elegant, or as technologically impressive as a Continental, is still a lovely place to spend time. We mean, there’s even the option of an interior clock that costs nearly as much as the car itself. And personalisation, is of course, a Bentley stronghold. So owners can make sure their car is absolutely bespoke to them.

What we like

Despite its decadence it’s still as pragmatic as a big SUV should be. It has a big boot, and it’ll even tow. Owners can also choose from four or five seats. You can almost call it practical. The Hybrid is worth considering if running costs are a consideration or you just want to waft around town silently, but it’s the V8 that gives the true Bentley experience.

What we don’t like

It’s not the most elegant to look at. If you go searching for them, there are some VW Group parts in the interior that look much cheaper than the rest of the car. Despite the V6 Hybrid being the ‘cleanest’ car in the range, it’s still not that economical. The Range Rover does the off-road thing more convincingly, and has a slightly less contentious image. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has a nicer interior, and the Lamborghini Urus is far sportier and offers much better handling.

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