2018 Bentley Bentayga

Rating8.6

Ranked #1 in Midsize Luxury Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$195,000 - $298,000

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Key Spec of 2018 Bentley Bentayga
fuel economy

12/15/19

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (required)

horsepower

600 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Power-packed powertrain and quick acceleration for a luxury SUV

Steep base price

Three new trim levels introduced

Impressive off-roading capabilities

The base model misses out on some basic features 

Interior design and materials ooze luxury and opulence

Doesn't like to be thrown into corners

Can seat up to seven occupants

Practically glides over tarmacs

2018 Bentley Bentayga Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 3, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Before the Ford GT was hailed and praised for its Le Mans winning streak alongside Ferrari, Bentley did it all and moved on to making luxury cars. After gaining decades of success in making luxury vehicles, it was time for the English carmaker to offer the ultra-rich people an SUV that can practically do it all. The Bentley Bentayga, with its name derived from the Roque Bentayga of the Canary Islands, hit the markets not too long ago in 2015. Being in production for just three years now, the SUV has been giving other luxo barges in its class some stiff competition but it is nothing short of a luxurious wonder as well. From having its interior laid with the best materials out there including plenty of wood, leather, and metallic inserts, the SUV can take on some seriously challenging terrains, unlike some of its rivals, and can hurl down the roads at speeds close to 190 miles per hour.

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Over All Rating

8.6

Out of 10

9.00
9.90
9.60
6.10
8.60
9.30
8.00
6.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Midsize Luxury Suv

#2 in Luxury Suv

#3 in Midsize Suv

#4 in Suv


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Trims

Onyx Edition$195,000 onwards

  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Navigation system
  • Park assist
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers

Activity Edition$215,000 onwards

  • 50-50 bench 3rd row seats

Signature$229,100 onwards

Black Edition$239,000 onwards

Mulliner$298,000 onwards


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2018 Bentley Bentayga Black Edition

Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$119,948
Est. $1,628/mo
Good Deal
$11,940 Below market
RMV: $131,888
Georgetown, TX
  
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2018 Bentley Bentayga Activity Edition

Activity Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$144,888
Est. $1,967/mo
Good Deal
$14,475 Below market
RMV: $159,363
Boerne, TX
  
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2019 Bentley Bentayga

4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

$122,995
Est. $1,669/mo
Good Deal
$11,318 Below market
RMV: $134,313
Culver City, CA
  
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2018 Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Onyx Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$144,950
Est. $1,967/mo
Good Deal
$12,789 Below market
RMV: $157,739
Murfreesboro, TN
  
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2017 Bentley Bentayga

4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$105,000
Est. $1,425/mo
Good Deal
$8,938 Below market
RMV: $113,938
Hollywood, FL
  
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2019 Bentley Bentayga

4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

$122,795
Est. $1,667/mo
Good Deal
$10,444 Below market
RMV: $133,239
Pasadena, CA
  
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2017 Bentley Bentayga

4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$124,899
Est. $1,695/mo
Good Deal
$10,442 Below market
RMV: $135,341
Miami, FL
  
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2019 Bentley Bentayga

4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

$129,999
Est. $1,764/mo
Good Deal
$10,557 Below market
RMV: $140,556
Naples, FL
  
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2018 Bentley Bentayga Signature

Signature 4dr SUV AWD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

$126,997
Est. $1,724/mo
Good Deal
$10,300 Below market
RMV: $137,297
Northbrook, IL
  
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Colors and Styles

Build Car
Alpine Green Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga arrives with no significant upgrades apart from the three new package options or “trims” that bundle the previously optional features. Powering the SUV weighing in excess of 5,000 lbs is a standard and mammoth 6.0-liter W12 motor that belts out a gut-slapping 600 horsepower along with 664 lb-ft of torque. With those output figures, the SUV nails the 0-60mph run within 4.0 seconds flat, putting some sports cars out there to shame. Sure, there are other big luxury SUVs that cost much less and offer similar or better off-roading capabilities than the Bentayga, but the latter is all about luxury and opulence with the off-roading part coming as a bonus. The 2018 Bentayga’s price starts at an eye-watering $201,425. In its class, the Bentayga goes up against rivals such as Range Rover Supercharged SV Autobiography Dynamic, Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.


Features
9.9/10

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga is a carryover model but gets a total of four trim levels namely the base Onyx Edition, Activity Edition, Signature Edition, and the range-topping Mulliner Edition. The base trim gets creature comfort features such as a fully adjustable air suspension, heated and split-folding rear seats, tri-zone climate control with separate controls, and a panoramic sunroof among other features. The Activity Edition further adds roof rails, a power-operated liftgate, and power-operated rear sunshades. The Signature Edition is the latest addition to the lineup and comes with a significant bump in the feature list. The Signature trim gets a useful list of features such as ADAS techs, multiple off-road driving modes, and underbody protection as standard. The top-end Mulliner trim gets almost all the features as standard and gets bigger 22-inch wheels, the front grille finished in chrome, special veneer designs, and unique interior and exterior colors.

Trim

Onyx Edition

Activity Edition

Signature Edition

Mulliner

MSRP

$195,000

$215,000

$229,100

$298,000

Key Features

Tri-zone climate control

Roof rails

Quilted leather panels placed on seats

22-inch wheels

 

Fully adjustable air suspension

Power-operated liftgate and rear sunshades

Automatic parking assistance

Chrome radiator grille

 

21-inch wheels

 

ADAS systems

Trim-specific interior, exterior, and Veneer colors

 

Heated and split-folding rear seats

 

Underbody protection

 
 

Panoramic sunroof

 

Four off-roading driving modes

 
 

8-inch infotainment display

 

Bentley Dynamic Ride System

 
 

Premium leather and wood veneers are standard

     

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The Bentley Bentayga offers the privilege of extensive customizations irrespective of the trim levels. Hence, you can opt for any trim level you want based on your finances. However, the Signature Edition makes the most sense among the lineup since it gets almost all the creature comfort techs as standard.

Release Date

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga is expected to hit the dealerships by fall 2017.

Engine and Performance
9.6/10

The Bentley Bentayga is all about extravaganza and opulence and the same treatment has been followed in its powertrain department as well. Under the hood of this luxury mammoth, lies a huge 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that can whip out an impressive 600 horsepower along with 664 lb-ft of torque. Floor the throttle and the SUV takes off, completing the 0-60mph run in under 4.0 seconds flat. The motor is paired to an 8-speed ZF 8HP90 automatic transmission that offers seamless and quick shifts.

The W12 unit is the only one on the planet to be mass-produced and none other than Volkswagen has been building it since 2001. Despite being more than a decade old now, the motor has been tuned to perfection along with slapping two turbos feeding it, and boy! It pulls hard. Under relaxed driving scenarios, the motor remains calm and composed but moves the nearly 3-ton SUV effortlessly. Under harsh acceleration, there is a distinct growl from both the exhaust and the engine, that naturally induces a sporty feel.

Models

Bentley Bentayga

Land Rover Range Rover SV Dynamic Autobiography

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

MSRP

$195,000

$177,200

$222,700

$161,600

Engine

6.0L Twin-Turbocharged W12

5.0L Supercharged V-8

6.0L Biturbo V12 

4.8L Twin-Turbo V-8 

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

600hp @ 5000 rpm

557hp @ 6,000 rpm

621hp @ 5,500 rpm

570hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

664 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

738 lb-ft @ 2,300 rpm

590 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

4 seconds

5.1 seconds

5.2 seconds

3.8 seconds

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

13.2 seconds

N/A

12.4 seconds

Top Speed

187 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

176 MPH

The Range Rover SV Autobiography gets a smaller 5.0-liter supercharged V8 under its hood. The power figures might feel less as compared to the Bentayga’s output numbers but those are impressive for a V8. It can propel the SUV to 60mph from a standstill within 5.1 seconds. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 gets a mad 6.0-liter Biturbo V12 with more power on tap than you can think of. It is significantly more powerful than the Bentayga along with the rest of the rivals here. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is the quickest one here with a sub-4 second 0-60mph sprint time.

2018 Bentley Bentayga Ride and Handling 

The Bentley Bentayga is quite a handful when it comes to driving dynamics and handling. However, the clever engineering from the brand allows the SUV to maintain its composure while traveling. The Bentayga gets an active anti-roll bar setup that utilizes electric motors built within the anti-roll bars to reduce body roll and enhance stability. The vehicle stays planted and flat which is also made possible by the active air suspension system. The on-road driving manners of the Bentayga are super smooth and it glides over almost everything. The optional 22-inch wheels enhance the appeal of the SUV but the gliding effect takes a toll.

2018 Bentley Bentayga Braking Performance 

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga looks like a land yacht but gets some serious firepower under its hood. To tame all those heft and power, the Bentayga is equipped with sizable 15.8-inch rotors at the front followed by 15.0-inch rotors at the back. The front brakes get 10 pistons sitting inside Bentley branded calipers. Both the front and rear brakes offer an incredible 4425 lb-ft of braking torque.

Model

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Land Rover Range Rover SV Dynamic Autobiography

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Brake Front (in.)

15.8

15.0

14.8

16.5

Brake Rear (in.)

15.0

14.4

13.0

15.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5379

5505

5691

4927

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

106

The Range Rover SV gets a slightly smaller pair of brakes measuring 15 inches at the front and 14.4 inches at the rear. The braking performance is somewhat similar to that of the Bentayga’s but the Range Rover weighs more. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 gets the smallest pair of brakes here with 14.8-inch rotors at the front and 13 inches at the back. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’ braking specs and stopping distance almost put it into sports car territory, which it is under its skin.

Fuel Economy
6.1/10

Luxury chariots carrying six-figure price tags aren’t meant to be highly fuel-efficient except for the hybrids. The Bentley Bentayga is no different than other vehicles of its class. The 6.0-liter W12 is quite a gas guzzler too and it returns an average of 12 mpg in the city limits along with 19 mpg out on the highways. The combined mileage stands at 15 mpg. From the 22.5-gallon gas tank, the Bentayga can cover 270 miles under city driving conditions while out on the highways, the figure rises to 428 miles.

Model

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Land Rover Range Rover SV Dynamic Autobiography

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

MPG (city)

12

14

11

14

MPG (highway)

19

19

13

21

MPG (combined)

15

16

12

17

Fuel Capacity 

22.5

23

25.4

26.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

270/428/349

322/437/368

279/330/304

370/554/462

The Range Rover SV is slightly more fuel-efficient than the Bentayga with 14mpg of city mileage and 16mpg of combined mileage figures. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 is the least fuel-efficient here but that’s acceptable given the insane amount of power figures the Biturbo V12 churns out. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S impresses with its highway and combined output numbers along with its impressive driving range figures due to the massive gas tank.

Interior
8.6/10

Luxury vehicles are all about having crazy levels of comfort and opulence inside. The 2018 Bentley Bentayga offers just the right amount of luxury inside and then, a lot more. The design is nothing flashy or cutting edge but it’s classy and oozes opulence due to the abundance of leather, wooden panels, veneers, and metallic inserts. All the metallic surfaces and the wooden surfaces get a piano finish and the standard leather upholstery feels comfier than the sofas resting on our humble abodes. The front seats offer exceptional cushioning and fully electronic adjustment functionality. The rear seats can be split folded but also get heating as standard.

The dashboard design is quite similar to other vehicles from the brands and gets that dual-cockpit style layout. The digital-analog instrument cluster has a retro feeling to it while the bright display shows a wide variety of information about the vehicle. The steering wheel is wrapped in premium leather with metallic inserts around the controls and the bottom. The circular aircon vents align with the retro-modern styling of the vehicle perfectly and the centrally positioned analog clock is an excellent touch for that added premium feeling. The center console is thick with glossy surfaces and houses the gear selector stick, the engine start-stop button, a couple of cup holders, and other controls. The climate control buttons are placed below the infotainment screen. The rear passengers also get separate controls for the climate control as well.

Model

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Land Rover Range Rover SV Dynamic Autobiography

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/NA/41.7

39.5/60.7/42.2

42.4/46.3/52.5

39.6/58.9/40.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/NA/40.9

39.1/59.5/37

40.1/56.3/41.9

39.0/57.0/36.0

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

17.1

24.5

38.6

23.7

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

62.6

68.6

79.5

60.2

The Range Rover SV gets a spacious and opulent cabin too but follows a minimal design theme. The SUV gets plenty of features on board but the overall design looks more modern than the Bentayga’s cabin. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 is remarkably luxurious and plush for a boxy SUV and the cabin gets an abundance of leather and metallic surfaces as well. It also boasts the biggest cargo hold measuring about 80 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S might feel under-equipped in front of the rivals here but hey it’s the most athletic one here and it kind of makes up for it.

Some standout interior features of the 2018 Bentley Bentayga are:

  • Tri-zone climate control with separate controls for rear passengers 
  • Premium leather upholstery along with wooden veneers
  • Fully power-adjustable front seats 
  • Split-folding rear seats with heating function

How intuitive is the 2018 Bentley Bentayga’s infotainment system?

Given the exorbitant price tag of the 2018 Bentayga, one might expect a plethora of standard infotainment features as standard. However, it’s just the opposite. Android Auto is non-existent for the vehicle while Apple CarPlay is an optional extra. The standard 8-inch touchscreen display is sharp and responsive and the menu layout is user-friendly too. Navigation and Wi-Fi are standard though.

Some of the standout infotainment features available with the Bentley Bentayga are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation
  • Privacy glass(optional)
  • Mood lighting(optional)
Exterior
9.3/10

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga looks like a beefed-up version of the Continental brothers from the front and the huge front grille announces the vehicle’s arrival almost everywhere it goes. The headlamp units do look unique with Bentley’s iconic jewel-style design and the circular turn indicator lights placed alongside the headlamps house pop-out headlamp washers. The side profile is simple while the stylish wheels make up for the lack of side-profile design. The rear profile is also minimalistic but the LED taillamps look cool with a floating effect. The SUV does get optional wheels measuring 21 and 22 inches which further enhances the appeal of the SUV.

Model

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Land Rover Range Rover SV Dynamic Autobiography

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Curb weight (lbs.)

5379

5505

5691

4927

Length(in)

202.4

196.8

187.5

191.1

Width(in)

78.7

81.6

76.3

78.7

Height(in)

68.6

73.3

76.3

67

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

8.7

7.7

7.6

Wheelbase (in)

117.9

115.0

112.2

114.0

Track width (in) F/R

66.5/66.7

66.6/66.3

59.1/59.1

65.4/65.9

No wonder the Range Rover SV gets a towering ground clearance of 8.7 inches that helps it to tackle a variety of terrains despite being a luxury SUV. The exterior styling feels premium as per Land Rover’s standards but the Bentayga still wins. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 heavily compromises the ground clearance aspect to withstand the ridiculous power figures it is capable of producing. It is also the most compact one here due to its boxy design. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is the sportiest looking SUV here with a subtle hint of aggressiveness on its front fascia.

Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • 21" Wheels
  • Underbody protection
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Auto-dimming ORVMs (optional)
Safety
8.0/10

Vehicles like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls Royce are super expensive and crash testing one isn’t cheap either. However, it doesn’t indicate that these luxury chariots are unsafe. The 2018 Bentley Bentayga comes with a strong body shell along with a solid build quality too. The ADAS systems are not standard unfortunately but the City driving packs add them to the vehicle’s armory. The ADAS include a forward collision alert with mitigation, traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, and a top-view camera system.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2018 Bentley Bentayga include:

  • Six airbags
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse camera
  • Pre-collision warning system
Competition
6.0/10

2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2018 Range Rover SV Autobiography

The Bentley Bentayga sees not-so-strong competitors in its class, but the Range Rover Autobiography manages to keep up with its level. The Autobiography feels more modern on the inside and offers terrific levels of comfort too. Moreover, it is slightly more fuel-efficient than the Bentayga here. The Range Rover costs less than the Bentayga too but offers almost similar performance. On the inside though, things get a bit preference-based since the Range Rover SV gets heavy doses of modern design ethos inside.

2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G65

One might think that the Bentayga is a mighty vehicle in terms of performance but the Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 with its ridiculous power stats might change a potential buyer’s mind. The AMG G65 gets a well-appointed interior but the boxy and ruggedness are still very much pronounced. The fuel economy is equally terrible but the SUV is more performance-based rather than practical. The cargo capacity onboard the G65 is exceptionally generous and you can store big items without any problems.

2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is one of the most athletic SUVs in its entire class and can make you feel confused from behind the wheel too. The SUV is surprisingly fuel-efficient. On the inside, it is nowhere near the Bentayga in terms of opulence and abundance of woods but the overall layout and the controls inside the cabin are user-friendly. Performance-wise, it is quicker than the Bentayga and is cheaper too.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Bentley Bentayga is the one for those who wish to feel right at home even while going over broken patches of tarmac. The SUV also gets numerous customization options right from the base Onyx trim but disappoints with its standard list of features. The SUV also offers a terrific ride quality and the active roll bar system steals the show with its impressive performance while keeping the SUV in control. Even though the Bentayga can be compared to some slightly cheaper luxury SUVs, there are no direct competitors of the vehicle yet. If you plan on getting one for yourself, you cannot be more right.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$229100

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

363 cu in

horse power

600 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

664 lb.-ft. @ 1350 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

202 in

wheelbase

118 in

width

77 in

curb weight

5379 lbs

Height

69 in

Ground Clearance

10 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

108 cu ft

cargo volume

62.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

12/15/19 mpg

highway range

427.5 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.


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