2021 Bentley Bentayga

Rating8.4

Ranked #6 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$168,300 - $219,430

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Key Spec of 2021 Bentley Bentayga
fuel economy

-

fuel type

Twin turbo premium unleaded

horsepower

542 @ 6000

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 25, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Since its debut in 2016, the Bentley Bentayga gets its first significant refresh for 2021. This ultraluxury SUV offer is almost new, with only the doors and roof carrying over unchanged. The 2021 Bentayga's posh interior gets updated styling along with more technology including a new 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, and a new entertainment system for the rear seats. The 2021 Bentley Bentayga has a new look. Its new face is muscular with an upright grille, updated alloy wheel designs, and sleeker taillights. Under the hood sits either a twin-turbocharged V8 or an optional W12 engine, with a twin-turbo V6 plug-in hybrid model joining the lineup later on. The Bentayga is fast, especially the Speed's W-12 which propels the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.

2021 Bentley Bentayga For Sale

The most affordable Bentley Bentayga is the standard V-8 model starting at an MSRP of $177,000, excluding the destination charge of $2,725. The Bentayga Speed W12 has an MSRP of $245,000. The First Edition specification for the V8 and Speed adds around $37,060 to the MSRP. there is a hybrid version as well, which retails at around $183,225. Last year, the Bentayga Hybrid qualified for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits, we hope a similar amount to carry over. The used 2021 Bentley Bentayga retails at a price range from $95,000 to $359,998, with vehicle mileage ranging from 12 to 72,644.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Buying Advice

We like the V-8 model best. It is a good starting point as Bentley offers an endless array of customization options and packages to help you tailor your Bentayga. Stepping up to Speed's W-12 engine adds much more to the performance but at the same time adds a substantial price premium over the V-8. We suggest you add Touring Specification that will give you a suite of advanced driver-assistance features. Since Bentley gave a mid-cycle refresh to the Bentayga 2021, it is similar to the 2022 model, thus saving a significant premium.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Latest Updates

  • May' 26, 2022 : Ten Cheapest (New) Bentley Cars In 2022 Read More »
  • Mar' 21, 2022 : Mulliner's Bentley Bentayga Space Edition Is Inspired From Space and Exploration Read More »
  • Dec' 23, 2021 : Love Going Outdoors? Check-Out The All-New Bentley Bentayga Outdoor Pursuits Collection Read More »

With significant changes to the exterior and interior, Bentley keeps its best-selling car up to date. The Bentayga faces new competition in the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan at this price point. Crafted with the finest materials such as rich wood trims, and real metal accents, the Bentayga is an utterly comfortable and extremely sumptuous ultra-luxury SUV. There are plenty of rich tech features and enough cargo space. At this level, the car is epic and a true Bentley. All it depends on what you are looking for. Check out the Expert Review to make an informed buying decision.


ProsConsWhat's New

Beautifully crafted interiors

Few interior bits are made of cheaper plastic materials

Interior tweaks to make it more appealing and luxurious

Looks snobbish on the outside

The V8 could have been made slightly more powerful

Gets few new interior features like a fully digital instrument cluster and an updated infotainment system.

Cushy ride quality, even by luxury SUV standards

Over All Rating

8.4

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy9.00
Interior7.00
Exterior9.00
Safety9.00
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#6 in Midsize Suv

#7 in Suv


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Trims

Base$168,300 onwards

  • 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 12-Speaker audio system
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Leather interior
  • Panoramic sunroof

First Edition$219,430 onwards

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Fixed panoramic roof
  • High beam assist
  • Navigation system
  • Park assist


Colors and Styles

2021 Bentley Bentayga in Alpine Green Metallic color
Alpine Green Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

After its launch in 2016, Bentley's Bentayga quickly become the brand's best-selling vehicle. The 2021 Bentayga gets a midcycle refresh with updated exterior and interior styling. This ultra-luxe SUV now comes with a new set of features and equipment.  The prices start at around $177,000 for the new Bentayga that is available for sale in three different trim levels and three different engine options. Plus, it offers tonnes of factory customization options and you can build a car that uniquely fits your tastes.

This review walks you through all that the 2021 Bentley Bentayga has got on board and helps you decide if it is the right car for you. The 2021 Bentayga faces competition from some heavy hitters such as the Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS 600, the Aston Martin DBX, and the Lamborghini Urus. For 2021, the Bentayga gets a new face and now features a more significant 10.9 infotainment screen, wireless charging, and a new entertainment system for the rear seats. Inside, the Bentayga has an updated interior design as well.


Buying Advice

We like the Bentayga V8 best. Starting around $180,000, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga V8 model can be customized with endless options and packages to suit your need. Bentleys are about luxury and creature comfort and the base spec V8 trim comes with all the creature comfort and luxury equipment you would want. Stepping up to Speed will offer the fastest luxury experience, thank the W12 engine but adds a substantial premium to the base price. The 2021 Bentayga Speed starts at an MSRP of $245,000.

Features

The Bentley Bentayga model line-up for 2021 includes 3 trims: standard V-8, First Edition, and Speed. Starting MSRP for the 2021 Bentayga is $177,000 while the Speed W12 version begins at $245,000. There is a new hybrid version joining the lineup later this year.

The Bentayga base spec comes with full LED exterior lights, 21-inch alloys, climate control, the new 10.1-inch infotainment system, a ten-speaker sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless Apple CarPlay. These Bentayga's trim levels mostly differ by engine choice. 

The Bentayga's 2021 engine lineup includes:

  • Bentayga V8: turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (542 horsepower, 568 lb-ft)
  • Bentayga W12: turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 (626 hp, 664 lb-ft)
  • Bentayga Hybrid: plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (combined output of 443 hp and 516 lb-ft)

Trim

Bentayga V8

MSRP (AWD)

$183,425

Key Features

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 engine

 

Bright chrome matrix grille

 

Full LED matrix headlights

 

Oval split tailpipe

 

Panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide front panel and fixed rear panel.

 

Choice of 7 exterior paint colors

 

21-inch 5 spoke wheels

 

Mono-tone interior color split

Notable Optional Packages include:

Bentley offers an extensive list of interior and exterior color choices along with a fair number of stand-alone options to tailor any of the three Bentayga models to your needs. A fully-optioned Bentley Bnetayga can easily surpass the $300,000 mark.

Mulliner Driving Specification

  • 22-inch black alloy wheels
  • Diamond-quilted leather on seats and doors
  • Sport pedals
  • Unique oil and fuel filler caps

Touring Specification

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sightline onto the windshield)
  • Lane-keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Night vision

Blackline Specification

  • Black-painted exterior trim (grille, window trim, headlight surrounds, roof rails, side vents)

All-Terrain Specification

  • Drive mode controller
  • Four off-road settings
  • Underbody protection
  • Luggage management system
Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Bentley offers three engine choices under the hood of the 2021 Bentayga. Most Bentaygas are powered by the standard 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 542 hp and 568 lb-ft. The Bentayga's V8 model blasted from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, don't forget the 5000 lbs curb weight of the SUV. The burly V8 soundtrack sounds better than other models too. If these figures aren’t enough for you, the Speed is the fastest model in the range. The Bentayga Speed gets a mammoth 6L twin-turbo W12 engine that makes about 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. All models come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels.

The V8 engine as expected is an extremely refined unit and fits the character of the car perfectly well. It is very hush and the power is delivered very linearly. The engine has a calm nature and never does feel in a hurry. Yet, it has enough punch and the numbers clearly prove that. On the straight line, the Bentayga gushes past the 0-60 mph mark in just 4.4 seconds.

2021 Bentley Bentayga SUV engine bay

On the drag strip, this SUV travels the quarter-mile distance in 12.1 seconds and maxes out at about 180 mph. This is a full-size, ultra-luxury SUV and its performance can put some supercars to shame. The Bentayga might not be a driver’s car and most of its owners will spend most of their time in the back seats but then this isn’t a boring car to drive at all. One cannot call the ride and handling of the Bentayga car-like but then it handles too well for a full-size SUV. It is quick and picks up pace and can zip past corners swiftly. The steering feels nimble and precise and offers ample feedback while driving. 

Models

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Lamborghini Urus

MSRP

$183,425

$161,550

$179,986

$222,004

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8 + EQ Boost

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

542 hp @ 6,000 RPM

550 hp @ 6,000 RPM

542 hp @ 6,500 RPM

641 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

568 lb-ft @ 1,960 RPM

538 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

516 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

626 lb-ft @ 2,250 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.4

4.8

4.3

3.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.1

12.9

11.8

11.3

Top speed (MPH)

180

155

181

190

The Bentayga comes equipped with 15.8-inch discs at the front and 15-inch discs at the rear. These brakes bring the 5300+ lbs. car to a full stop from 60 mph at a distance of 108 feet. The braking performance clearly tells that the brakes have a very strong bite on them. The strong brakes just impart you confidence while doing some high-speed driving and also enhance the overall safety quotient of the car.

The Bentley Bentayga in its base spec trim doesn’t get the highest power figures in the competition. The Bentayga and the Urus share the same engine but the Lambo’s engine is in a higher state of tune and hence makes 641 horses and 626 lb-ft of torque which is the highest in the class and more than Bentley’s W12 unit. 

The Lamborghini is also the quickest of the lot and does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and hits the quarter-mile mark in just 11.3 seconds. The Aston Martin DBX on the other hand makes similar power figures as the Bentayga but is quicker than it on the straight line by a few tenths of a second. The Mercedes-Maybach makes more power than the Bentley but is slower than it on the straight line.

2021 Bentley Bentayga SUV brake rotor

You do feel a good amount of body roll while going through sharp corners but nowhere dents your confidence. Of course, it isn’t as exciting to drive as the Urus but the Bentayga isn’t really all about offering a gripping driving experience. If you really need an exhilarating driving experience, you may opt for the Urus or get the W12 version of the Bentley.

The Lamborghini Urus surprisingly has the highest stopping distance in the competition. The Urus is the lightest car of the lot and yet travels 111 feet before coming to a halt. The Aston Martin DBX has the best braking performance in the competition and credit to its large rotors and low weight, the SUV stops at a distance of 106 feet when brakes are stomped at 60 MPH.

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

Fuel economy is never really a concern for buyers in this class, but nonetheless, the new Bentayga V8 delivers 15 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on the highway. It gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 18 mpg combined which is pretty decent for a car of this size and in this class. The car has a fuel capacity of 22.5 gallons. Weighing over 5000 lbs, the W12 Bentayga returns 12/18/14 mpg city/highway/combined.

Models

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Lamborghini Urus

MPG (City)

15

15

14

12

MPG (Highway)

24

19

18

17

MPG (Combined)

18

16

15

14

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.5

23.8

22.5

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

338/540/405

357/452/381

315/405/338

270/383/315

The Bentayga has the highest fuel efficiency figures in the competition. It is closely followed by the Mercedes-Maybach which delivers 16 MPG combined. The other two rivals, the DBX and the Urus deliver 15 and 14 MPG combined respectively. In terms of fuel economy, only the Merc has a tank size of 23.8 gallons whereas the other three have a tank size of 22.5 gallons. The Bentayga offers the most range in this comparison, at 338 city miles and 540 highway miles. The Urus offers the least, at 270 city miles and 383 highway miles. The other two cars offer a 300-400 miles range overall.

Interior
7.0/10

The updated interior of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga is absolutely gorgeous and tech-laden. The cabin just feels so upscale and premium and there’s hardly any car in the market that can offer you such an experience. The Bentayga is offered in 4, 5, and 7 seat configurations and you can opt for the one that fits your purpose the best. Bentley also offers a long list of customization options and you can choose from the color and material of the hide, veneer, piping, stitching, floor carpets, and even the style of the steering wheel.

The seats are very comfortable, cushy and offer great support. The front seats are placed nice and high and offer you a good view of the outside world. The amount of head, shoulder, and legroom at the front is also good and tall people will not have any troubles in being seated at the front. You also get an amount of space at the back even with the standard bench seat configuration. 

There’s enough space for 3 adults to fit in. You can also get the third row by paying extra but those seats are pretty much redundant and best suited for kids and rob the cargo space as well. You can also avail of those 4-seat comfort configuration which deletes the rear center seats and instead you get a large center console with cup holders and a refrigerator to store your drinks.

2021 Bentley Bentayga SUV cockpit area

The seats as standard come wrapped in high-quality quilted leather and again there are a lot of options of different seat fabric materials for you to choose from. On the whole, the interior of the Bentayga is simply sumptuous and it feels serene on the inside. This is one of the plushest interiors you will find on a car and Bentley has left no stone unturned in making the interior beautiful.

Models

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Lamborghini Urus

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

4

Front Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38/NA/41.7

42.5/59.3/40.3

N/A

N/A

Second Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38/NA/40.9

40.2/56.1/43.4

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

17

18.4

N/A

N/A

If you compare just the numbers, it might look like the Bentley isn’t as spacious as the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the Bentayga has space for 5 adults as standard and no other car in the competition except the Aston Martin offers 5 seats. Also, the Bentley feels slightly more upmarket and comfier than all the other cars in the class and this British SUV certainly beats everybody else here in this area,

The 2021 Bentayga isn’t low on creature comfort features and equipment either. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • 16-way power-adjustable heated front bucket seats
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual-zone front and rear automatic climate control
  • Leather door trim inserts
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Full leather headliner

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Bentley has built a pretty intuitive infotainment system. The Bentayga comes equipped with a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display that sits in the center of the dash through which you control all the different infotainment and car settings. The system is quite sleek and simple to use and Bentley must be given due credit for thoughtfully designing the infotainment system. 

2021 Bentley Bentayga SUV infotainment screen

The climate control and heated seat settings can be adjusted through the screen. There’s also a fully digital instrument cluster and there’s a large screen behind the steering wheel that shows all the vehicle details and also integrates a navigation map like Audi’s virtual cockpit. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 20-speaker, 1920 watt Naim audio system
  • 10.9-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto
  • 4 USB type-C sockets
  • Voice control
  • Handwriting recognition system
Exterior
9.0/10

The 2021 Bentayga's new face and updated exterior design make it look bold and muscular, unlike the previous models. It has that large beefy front with a new upright grille and sleeker stretched back headlights. There’s the large chrome-clad rectangular signature Bentley matrix grille that looks very pristine. Also, there are those circular matrix LED headlights that just look gorgeous and premium. The car sits on a set of 21-inch wheels that give a very striking and commanding presence on the road. 

2021 Bentley Bentayga SUV 

The Bentayga doesn’t get many prominent lines, cuts, and creases on the body and Bentley has kept the design very subtle and sober. At the back, oval-shaped LED tail lights to look very pretty and very premium. This is a beautiful vehicle and will certainly turn a lot of heads as you drive down in one of these. Bentley's color palette consists of eight main categories like black, blues, greens, and so forth. Withing each of these categories there are another ten plus examples. In simple words, Bentley offers paint to sample, so you can have any color you want. 

Models

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Lamborghini Urus

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,379

5,919

4,949

4,844

Length (inches)

201.8

204.9

198.4

201.3

Width (inches)

78.7

79.9

80.7

79.4

Height (inches)

68

72.4

66.1

64.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.1

NA

7.5

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

117.9

123.4

120.5

118.2

The Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus share the same platform and hence are dimensionally identical to each other. The Mercedes SUV on the other hand is the largest of the lot while the Aston Martin is the smallest. The Bentayga also features a ground clearance of 7.1 inches which is not all that great for off-roading but quite decent for a car in this class.

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • 21 inch, 5-spoke aluminum with silver accents wheels
  • Rear-wing spoiler
  • Powered liftgate
  • LED brake lights
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Chrome side window trim
Safety
9.0/10

The Bentayga hasn’t yet been tested and rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS but Bentley isn’t a brand that would let safety go for a toss. It uses the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, both of which have high safety ratings. The 2021 Bentayga comes with dual front, front, and rear side curtains and front and rear thorax airbags, a rearview camera, traction and stability control, ABS brakes, and the basic crash mitigation and detection systems. The optional Touring specification package will add advanced driver assistance features like lane-keep assist, a head-up display, traffic assist, night vision, and adaptive cruise control.

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning with lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Night vision system
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • 360-degree camera
  • Automated park assist system
Competition
7.0/10

2021 Bentley Bentayga vs 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is yet another very popular and sought-after ultra-luxury SUV. The German SUV undercuts the Bentley by a few thousand dollars but is slower on the straight line despite having the higher power figures. 

However, the Mercedes-Maybach is the larger of the two and hence offers to touch more space on the inside than the Bentayga does. Both the SUVs are pretty similar to each other in terms of creature comfort and features although the GLS feels a bit modern and futuristic on the inside while the Bentayga has a contemporary interior layout. 

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC

Luxury SUVs are all about standing out in the crowd and that Bentley logo on the hood of the Bentayga will offer you more exclusivity and snob value than Mercedes' three-pointed star. So, we would pick the Bentayga over the Mercedes. It’s not that the GLS is a bad car but it’s just that the Bentayga has a slight edge over it and that’s why we think the Bentley is worth spending a few extra bucks over the GLS.

2021 Bentley Bentayga vs 2021 Aston Martin DBX

The Aston Martin DBX is the latest entrant in the ultra-luxury SUV class. The DBX is unmistakably Aston Martin right from its looks to its performance and driving dynamics. While the Bentayga is all about luxury and panache and sophistication, the DBX is a performance luxury SUV. 

2021 Aston Martin DBX

The DBX isn’t about the back seat and is built to offer the driver the thrills that any other Aston Martin supercar would and at the same time pamper its passengers. Now, if you like to drive and carry your family around all by yourself, then the DBX is the one you should go for. However, if you’re the one who would be spending her/his time in the back seat, then perhaps you should opt for Bentayga.

2021 Bentley Bentayga vs 2021 Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus is just a more practical Lamborghini supercar. The Urus is an all-out driver’s car and is the SUV for the race track. The Lambo offers an enthralling driving experience for the people who would want the thrills of driving a supercar and would like to carry a few people along with them. 

2021 Lamborghini Urus

The Urus is the priciest car in the competition but it is also the most powerful and the fastest. The Urus and the Bentayga are based on the same platform, yet there is so much difference in their characters. Again, if you like driving and if you never will be driven by a chauffeur, then the Urus is the one you should go for. If you are the honcho who spends time in the back seat, then the Bentayga is the perfect car for you.

Final Verdict

Well, yes, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga is totally a bang for the buck. It is beautiful on the outside and the inside. It comes with a very potent engine, it drives really well and pampers the passengers on the inside really well. 

The 2021 model saw many changes coming in and that has taken the SUV over to a whole new level. This is one of the most gracefully crafted vehicles you’ll ever see and if you have the money and really crave to be pampered in the lap of luxury, then this is the one you should totally go for.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$168300

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

244 cu in

horse power

542 @ 6000

torque

568 lb.-ft. @ 1960 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

202.4 in

wheelbase

117.9 in

width

87.5 in

curb weight

5264 lbs

Height

68.6 in

Ground Clearance

9.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

18 cu ft

cargo volume

62.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.


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