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This Is The Bentley Bentayga For Those Of Us Who Aren't In The Fortune 500

Unless you absolutely must be treated like royalty, this will do just fine.

If you don’t happen to be a billionaire, but you really want the new Bentley Bentayga, you still have options. If you want to enjoy an SUV with a luxurious interior and solid performance but you don’t really care about using your new ride as a brash status symbol, then go save yourself $180,000 and buy a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg. The two refined SUVs share a lot more in common than you might think, including being derived from the VW Group’s MLB platform.

You can pick up a brand new Touareg for $46,745. Although Bentley hasn’t officially released pricing information for the Bentayga, the base price is generally estimated to be about $230,000. This means that you could buy almost five very capable, very refined 2016 VW Touaregs for the price of one Bentayga with no additional options checked off. Before anyone loses their mind thinking, “nobody would every cross-shop between these two vehicles!!!” please note that we don’t consider them to be aimed at similar markets at all. This comparison is simply meant to raise the question of whether or not the extra performance and amenities in the Bentley SUV are worth an ENTIRE HOUSE extra.

Even the highest trim level, “V6 Executive,” only costs $60,185. This model utilizes a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter gas engine and achieves 17/23 mpg. Amenities include keyless entry, a nav system, panoramic sunroof, rear camera, Bi-Xenon lights, and heated seats. To put this in perspective, there’s a clock OPTION on the Bentley SUV that costs $160,000. Sure, there’s a big difference between 280 and 600 hp. There are innumerable reasons to prefer a W12 engine to a V6, and no Touareg is going to chill your champagne for you. But to the vast majority of us for whom money is actually a concern, VW can get you where you need to go at a price that’s attainable for normal human beings.

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