2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

MSRP $325,000 - $382,000

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

8.8

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2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Rolls-Royce vehicles have been synonymous with luxury and plushness. With the introduction of the Ghost and Phantom sedans, the brand marked its presence to the world by catering to the requirements of the ultra-rich who want to travel in style. However, with the SUV trend on the rise, it was about time that Rolls-Royce forayed into the segment. The Cullinan as the brand’s first-ever SUV screams grandeur and paramount comfort. It’s uber-luxurious and palatial and well, it commands a corresponding price.

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Pros

Cogent V12 powertrain

Smooth ride with all-wheel drive capability

Standard Apple CarPlay in an intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Lacks frugality

Optional packages increase price incessantly 

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$325000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

412 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

627 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

210 in.

width

85 in.

height

72.3 in.

curb weight

6069 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

68.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

7275 lbs.

payload capacity

3439 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/16/20 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$325,000 onwards

Black Badge$382,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Arctic White color
Arctic White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.2

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.8

Overall Rating


The Cullinan, like every other Rolls-Royce, feels like a palace on wheels. It shines brightly amongst a crowd of super-capable SUVs from distinguished carmakers. It gets a potent V12 engine under its hood and keeping in mind power, performance, and pricing, it competes against the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Aston Martin DBX in its segment. 


8.2/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Features

The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes in two trim options. While the base variant that is priced at $330,000 in itself feels heavily equipped and carries a state-of-the-art stature, the Black Badge trim adds more power and features and is almost 50 grand more expensive than its base counterpart. As standard, the SUV gets class-leading specifications like a four-zone climate, adaptive cruise control, and heads-up display. For the purpose of this review, we only take into consideration the base variant, while the top-tier Black-badge trim will be separately reviewed. 

Trim

Base

Black Badge

MSRP (FWD)

$330,000 

$382,000

Key Features

6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine (563 hp/627 lb-ft)

6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine (592 hp/664 lb-ft)

 

22-inch alloy wheels

22-inch forged alloy wheels

 

Four-zone automatic climate control

Blacked-out exterior trim

 

Power-adjustable front seats with memory

Retuned suspension and transmission

 

Adaptive cruise control

Colored brake calipers

Which Trim should you buy?

Available as a single trim offering only, we do not have much to suggest when it comes to the 2021 Cullinan and with the Rolls-Royce badge and the spirit of Ecstasy shining brightly, you’d seldom want to look at other SUVs. The base variant of the Cullinan is a package in itself, it’s a land-barge you do not want to miss out on. Power and performance are top-notch and undoubtedly luxury is held in the highest regard. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes equipped with a twin-turbo 6.7-liter V12 engine that produces 563 hp and 627lb.-ft of torque. This unit is refined and sophisticated in its performance and feels well insulated. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system that shifts seamlessly and adapts to the driving dynamics. Power is transferred to all the wheels of the SUV and this AWD setup allows for a stable performance. 

For those looking for more power and exhilaration, Rolls-Royce also offers the option of a 600hp V12 engine with additional driving modes with the Black Badge edition, however, it carries an additional cost. The base engine is delightful in its performance and the SUV can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile sprint in under 13 seconds.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Lamborghini Urus

2021 Aston Martin DBX

MSRP

$330,000

$250,000

$218,000

$189,900

Engine

6.7L Twin-Turbo V12

6.0L Twin-Turbo W12

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Turbocharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

563 hp 

626 hp 

641 hp 

542 hp 

Torque

627 lb-ft 

664 lb-ft 

627 lb-ft 

516 lb-ft 

0-60 (seconds)

5.0 seconds

3.1 seconds

3.1 seconds

4.3 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

12.9 seconds

11.5 seconds

11.3 seconds

11.7 seconds

Top-speed (mph)

155 MPH

190 MPH

190 MPH

181 MPH

In the segment, the Lamborghini Urus with its twin-turbo 8-cylinder is the most powerful option producing 641hp and 627lb.-ft of torque. It is also the fastest and quickest SUV in the segment accelerating to the 60mph mark in 3.1 seconds. Surprisingly, the Bentley Bentayga with a 15hp deficit manages similar timings as the raging bull. 

On the other hand, the only other V8-powered SUV, the Aston-Martin DBX is the least powerful option producing 542hp, yet it is more than half a second quicker than the Rolls-Royce, thanks to its lower curb weight, which allows intelligent weight-distribution management for added performance.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Handling

The Cullinan is an embodiment of Rolls-Royce as a brand itself. It drives smoothly and bestows maximum comfort to the passengers on the inside. It’s agile and nimble in its ride and feels relaxing. The Cullinan is not tailor-made as an aggressive and performance-focused SUV, rather it concentrates on sophistication with a tint of sportiness. 

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has a versatile chassis that grants an affable ride quality. Though not meant for high-speed cornering, the SUV benefits from an adjustable-air suspension. Additionally, it vaunts aplomb handling capabilities and the steering system in itself has ample feedback. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Braking

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan makes use of Brembo brakes to execute its performance. It sits on a pair of 15.5 and 15.6-inch rotors at the front and back, which might not be the largest upfront, but effectively manages the ridiculously high curb weight of the SUV while decelerating. The SUV also comes equipped with 4-wheel ABS and stability control that help in improving performance. When coming to a halt from the 60mph mark, the 2021 Cullinan covers a maximum of 107ft, which is appreciable and lower than most of its competitors. 

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Lamborghini Urus

2021 Aston Martin DBX

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.5

17.3

17.3

N/A

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15.6

14.5

14.5

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

5864

5500

4,850

4940

60-0 (feet)

107

114

107

N/A

While the performance statistics of the Aston Martin are not yet known, the Lamborghini and Bentley feature similarly sized rotors of 17.3 and 14.5 inches at the front and rear, respectively. However, their curb weight is the driving factor that distinguishes their performance. While the 2021 Urus has a similar halting distance as the Rolls-Royce, the 2021 Bentayga takes 114ft to come to a standstill. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Fuel Economy

8.0/10

As expected, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan performs underwhelmingly when fuel efficiency is concerned. Though it is not an outright guzzler, the SUV’s efficiency is rated at 12/20/14 MPG in the city, on the highway, and combined. However, its fuel tank is a saving grace and can hold 26.4-gallons, allowing it to average 369 combined miles. 

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Lamborghini Urus

2021 Aston Martin DBX

MPG (City)

12

15

12

14

MPG (Highway)

20

24

17

18

MPG (Combined)

14

18

14

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26.4

22.4

19.8

22.5

Range (city/highway/combined) in miles

316/528/365 mi

270/382/315 mi

237/376/337 mi

315/405/337.5 mi

In comparison, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga undoubtedly leads the segment with its highest combined efficiency of 18 MPG. However, it does not lead in terms of range, which feels surprising considering that it also sports a sizable fuel tank. On the other hand, the Lamborghini Urus manages similar efficiency as the Rolls-Royce, and despite the least voluminous tank 19.8-gallons has a better range to vaunt. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Interior

9.9/10

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan gets adorned with all class-leading specifications like lambswool carpeting, wooden inserts, and premium upholstery that looks and feels appealing. There are a number of customization options available with the SUV, but even the factory-fitted elements would work wonders for traditional buyers. The cabin looks contemporary with a digital gauge cluster.

In terms of interior space and comfort, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan can seat five passengers. While front seats feel plush and comfortable and bestow a leisurely experience, the rear seats feel rather flat and rigid. However, with the optional seat massage functionality, comfort can be improved manifold. On the other hand, the cargo capacity of 21 cu.-ft is adequate and class-competing. You get a wide opening trunk which makes accessibility easier and can fit almost two and a half luggage bags. 

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Lamborghini Urus

2021 Aston Martin DBX

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

21

17.1

21.8

22.3

Like the Rolls-Royce, standard seating capacity is five passengers, while the space available on the inside is not specifically known. Each SUV sports a luxuriant cabin with all the luxuries you’d look for at the price point. Thus, the major point of contention here is the cargo capacity, which is the highest in the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus of 22.3 and 21.8 cu.-ft, respectively. While Bentley lags considerably in this aspect. That said, some salient interior features of the 2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan include:

  • Dual-tone leather upholstery
  • Optional captain seats for the second row
  • Four-zone Climate control
  • External Temperature Display
  • Woodgrain interior trim

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Infotainment

The infotainment system available with the 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is distinct, intuitive, and appealing.It comes standard with a 12-inch screen with a controller mounted on the central console. It features Apple CarPlay connectivity and also comes with specifications like a Wi-Fi hotspot and a custom audio system with 18 speakers.

  • Voice Activated Radio
  • Satellite Radio Service
  • Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Primary Monitor Touchscreen
  • Internet Access
  • Equalizer Amplifier

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Exterior

9.0/10

Grandiose, awe-inspiring, and resplendent are all synonyms to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Like every other vehicle from the brand, it is fitting for making grand entries and making an impression. The rectangular headlamp clusters, gleaming Pantheon grille, and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot give it a commanding appearance upfront. Given its SUV proportions and stance, the Cullinan is different from typical Rolls-Royce’s, however, one glimpse at the traditional rear suicide doors and you continue to fall in love with it.

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan looks beefy and is the heaviest option in the segment with a curb weight of 5864 lbs. It is the longest option with a wheelbase of 130 inches that justifies the space on the inside. It stands taller than most of its competitors and its 22-inch alloy wheels with self-lighting provide it with a proportionate stance. It is 85 inches wide, while its ground clearance is not yet known. 

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Lamborghini Urus

2021 Aston Martin DBX

Curb Weight (lb)

5864

5500

4,850

4940

Length (inches)

210

202.4

201.3

198.4

Width (inches)

85

87.5

79.4

80.7

Height (inches)

72

68.6

64.5

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

9.7

9.8

7.5

Wheelbase (inches)

130

117.9 

118.2

120.5

In terms of design, it’s difficult to make a solid preference. If you like coupe SUVs with aggressive styling then the Lamborghini Urus makes for an undisputed choice. However, if soberness is the name of the game for you, then the 2021 Bentayga and DBX, are rather practical choices. 

On the other hand, when dimensions are concerned, each contemporary SUV is smaller than the Rolls-Royce. However, the Bentley and Lamborghini stand higher from the ground with a clearance of almost 10 inches. Each SUV has a smaller wheelbase and even the Aston-Martin that ranks second is almost 10 inches shorter. Some salient exterior features include:

  • Coach Doors
  • Split Tailgate
  • LED head and taillamps
  • Hand-polished stainless steel front grille
  • Power Closing Doors

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan bears a price tag over $300,000, which makes it clear that it will not be tested by the federal and non-federalagencies. Yet its standard features provide assurance of how the SUV will fare in this aspect. It comes with basic specifications like a surround camera, side collision beams, and low tire pressure alerts. Along with these fairly standard features, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan also comes with a slew of additional top-of-the-line driver-assistance features, including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Rolls-Royce Assist Emergency SOS
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Night Vision Assist

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan VS 2021 Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga and Rolls Royce Cullinan are the most closely matched luxury SUVs without a doubt. They look palatial and have striking exterior designs that are undoubtedly ostentatious. While the 2021 Bentayga is the better performer, the Cullinan comes with additional features and is uber-luxurious. However, it commands an insanely higher price tag and while the Bentley is also well-equipped, saving $100,000 will be beneficial. But if budget is no constraint, who would want to say no to a Rolls-Royce. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan VS 2021 Lamborghini Urus

Just like the Bentley, the Lamborghini feels more performance-focused. It also comes with a luxuriously appointed cabin, that is ergonomic and filled with niceties. However, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the epitome of luxury and to beat the SUV in terms of luxury is next to impossible. Yet again, the Lamborghini Urus is considerably lower-priced, making it the more practical option. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan VS 2021 Aston Martin DBX

The Aston Martin DBX perhaps is the most impractical competitor in the lot. But its sheer performance and a luxury brand name tag put it right in the competition. Though quicker, the Aston Martin does not stand ground against the Rolls-Royce, the latter feels like a mansion on wheels and has ample space, and is highly practical. Though it costs almost double than Aston Martin, the additional money spent on it is worth every penny.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Final Verdict

The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan reflects bespoke engineering and with its feature-load and unmatched luxury, redefines the standards of the segment. Its oneness lies in its practicality while being a true embodiment of refinement and sophistication. Given its potent powertrain and air suspension system, it works impressively both on and off the road. Though it is expensive, think of it as an investment that reaps benefits in luxury and stature.

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