2022 Bentley Bentayga

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2022 Bentley Bentayga Review: Passion, Prestige, Practicality

When it comes to the upper-most echelons of luxury and prestige, only a choice few brands have what it takes to compete. In the ultra-luxury SUV class, the Bentley Bentayga is among even more exclusive company, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Aston Martin DBX. Even Lamborghini and Ferrari want in on the SUV action, and with acres of plush materials, space, and tech, competition is fierce.

The Bentayga lineup moves with effortless grace thanks to a pair of twin-turbo engines, a 542-horsepower V8 or a 626-hp W12, and there's a V6 plug-in hybrid option if you want to ease some of the guilt of all that conspicuous fuel consumption. It can be further customized as a 4-, 5-, or 7-seater, though the amount of tech on offer is always superb. This is par for the course, for the segment, and while it may have been among the first of its kind, the Bentayga now has to do something special to stand out.

2022 Bentley Bentayga Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2021 Bentayga?

For 2022, the Bentley Bentayga lineup is expanded with a new S trim. It may take on the looks of the more powerful Speed, but it sticks with the base engine. But it's more than just an appearance package, as the suspension is tuned to be sportier, while 22-inch wheels and a sports exhaust system complete the setup. Other tweaks to the range include optional carbon fiber rims as part of the Mulliner personalization program.

Pros and Cons

  • Selection of powerful engines
  • Truly standout aesthetic
  • High-quality cabin with cutting-edge tech
  • Quiet, comfortable, and cosseted ride
  • Sprightlier than the more regal Rolls-Royce Cullinan
  • Plenty of ways to customize your purchase
  • Throttle requires a kick to react
  • Rear-seat comfort is subpar for the segment
  • Merely adequate cargo capacity
  • Expensive base models with pricey extras

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2022 Bentley Bentayga Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid
3.0L Turbo V6 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$160,000
V8
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$187,600
V8 First Edition
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
TBC
S
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$219,800
Speed
6.0L Twin-Turbo W12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$259,400
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2022 Bentayga Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 201.8 in
  • Wheelbase 117.9 in
  • Height 68.0 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 66.5 in
  • Rear Width 67.2 in
  • Curb Weight 5,324.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Silverlake
  • Thunder
  • Windsor Blue
  • Cricket Ball
  • Anthracite
  • Anthracite Satin by Mulliner
  • Beluga
  • Black Crystal
  • Onyx
  • Royal Ebony by Mulliner
  • Spectre
  • Storm Grey by Mulliner
  • Titan Grey
  • Black Sapphire
  • Blue Crystal
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2022 Bentayga Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo V6 Hybrid, 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas, 6.0L Twin-Turbo W12 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2022 Bentley Bentayga Handling and Driving Impressions

The 2022 Bentayga never wants for power, with even the base 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 developing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. This allows for a quick 4.4-second sprint from 0-60 mph. But, if that still isn't spicy enough for you, then the 6.0L W12 in the Speed puts out 626 hp and 664 lb-ft, cutting 0.6 seconds off that time. The smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission helps to make the driving experience as engaging as possible while still being mostly effortless. The Bentley Bentayga hybrid may not seem as impressive with just 443 hp and sprint time just over five seconds, but calling it boring would be a mistake.

Every model handles remarkably well for its size, accelerating quickly once you apply the throttle hard enough. The steering is light and responsive, making it easy to maneuver, whether around town or on the highway. However, despite the SUV's sporty inclinations, the lack of any real feedback from the steering is disappointing. The suspension is just so darn capable, almost completely negating body roll, that a bit more feeling would help it come closer to the feeling found in the Urus or Porsche Cayenne.

Speaking of the suspension, it gets power from the mild-hybrid system that is included even on the V8 or W12 models. This also adds a little extra thrust when launching. The highly adaptable Dynamic Ride suspension does a great job of soaking up bumps in the road. In fact, the Bentayga has one of the smoothest rides in the segment, falling short of only a select few like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. However, the latter doesn't drive as well, so the Bentley feels like an excellent middle ground between its disparate rivals.

2022 Bentayga Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

2022 Bentayga Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Bentayga Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2022 Bentley Bentayga a good SUV?

There is no such thing as a bad Bentley, but whether or not it is a good car for you will depend on more than just how many features it has or how much it costs. In each of these categories, it is in the top one percent. However, it lacks the practicality of more mainstream models that are willing to compromise in other areas to excel in one or two. Instead, the 2022 Bentley Bentayga is an accomplished all-rounder. It combines nigh-unrivaled luxury and comfort with a decent level of practicality and even some fun times behind the wheels. This is much a driver's car as it is a passenger's. There are rivals that lean more towards one side of the spectrum than the other, but for what it tries to do, the Bentayga succeeds. It's a true niche offering and has the price tag to match its peerless abilities. Of course, if you can afford one, you can probably afford several, so picking between the Bentley Bentayga, Lambo Urus, or Rolls Cullinan may be a moot point.

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