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2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Swapnil Kulshrestha Content Writer Updated on: November 6, 2019


For decades, Land Rover dominated the luxury SUV market. Many manufacturers came into the segment such as Bentley and Lexus. Rolls Royce started teasing the Cullinan somewhere around 2016, it was high time they stopped beating around the bush and made a statement. Indeed a statement was made, the luxury SUV segment would be changed forever, doors will close at the push of a button. Luxury will be redefined. Nobody would ever look at a Bentayga and call it the most luxurious SUV ever- enter the all-new Rolls Royce Cullinan.

Take a Rolls Royce Phantom, jack it up, spice things by adding off-roading capability, unimaginable refinement, and superior build quality. The result that you will get will be the Rolls Royce Cullinan. The Cullinan marks the British manufacturer's entry into the SUV fragment. 

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Pros

Solid Build Quality

Mighty V12 Engine

Unmatched Craftsmanship

Cons

Extremely Low Fuel Efficiency

High Pricing

What's New?

Everything that the Cullinan boasts is new, since its the first SUV from Rolls Royce.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$325000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

412 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

627 lbs.-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

210 in.

width

79 in.

height

72 in.

curb weight

6069 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

21.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/14/2020 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / unlimited

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Arctic White color  2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Royal Burgundy Red Metallic color  2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Sand Gold Metallic color  2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Caldera Red color
Arctic White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Base

Base

power
563 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
14 combined

$325,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (6.8L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $325,000 MSRP (12/14/20) 563 hp @ 5000 rpm, 6.8 L, V-12, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


We will not be exaggerating if we tell you that the Cullinan is the epitome of ultimate build quality. Resting upon an ultra-modern aluminum spaceframe, with castings boasted by the body's every vertex, the Cullinan comes out as a solid entrant of the ultra-premium SUV segment. Cullinan's refreshed chassis is 30 percent more firm than any other Rolls, which lends Cullinan a true-blue SUV character.

2019 rolls royce cullinan grey front three quarters
2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan front three quarters
2019 rolls royce cullinan grey rear three quarters
2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan side view

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Features

The Rolls Royce Cullinan is offered in a sole trim only. There is not the narrowest of scope to get choosy since all you practically get nothing to choose from. However, this one trim is the pinnacle of ultimate craftsmanship and unmatched luxury.  

Model Rolls Royce Cullinan V12
MSRP $325,000
Key Features 6.8L Twin Turbo V12 Engine
  Stereo Camera System
  four-Wheel Steering
  Anti-roll Framework
  Touchscreen Focal Multimedia Display


Our Recommendation For The Best Trim

As we all know, Rolls Royce doesn't need trims in order to sell their vehicles. The Cullinan is offered in only one trim. If you want the best in terms of luxury and decent off-roading credentials, the Cullinan is the one to go for. 

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Engine and Performance

Engine and Transmission

The heart of this sophisticated beast is a 6.75L V12 engine, which is capable of fabricating a whopping 563bhp and 627 pound-feet of torque, which kicks in at 1600 rpm. The engine of the Cullinan is too refined to even make the slightest of noise. The V12 glides the Cullinan from 0-60 mph in around 5 seconds. 

The Cullinan optimizes a transmission that is an eight-speed programmed one, directing the power to all the 4 wheels (AWD) along with four-wheel steering.

Models

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga (onyx)

Lamborghini Urus

MSRP

$325,000

$195,000

$200,000

Engine

Twin-turbocharged V12

6.0L W12 Twin Turbo TSI 

4.0L V8 Bi-turbo

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

563bhp 

600bhp 

641bhp 

Torque

627 lb.-ft. 

568 lb.-ft.

671 lb.-ft.

Among these three top-notch SUVs, the Lamborghini Urus comes out to be the fastest car, offering the most horsepower and torque. Rolls Royce Cullinan comes out as the least horsepower car, but it has got an impressive set of torque figures to itself and its a well-renowned fact that Rolls are not just meant for straight-line acceleration. Rather a Rolls is determined by its character of a smooth and silent ride.

Acceleration

The Rolls Royce Cullinan is definitely a very powerful car, but acceleration does not seem to be its USP. The Cullinan requires approximately 5 seconds, in order to touch the 60 mph mark from a halt. Cullinan is just not meant for straight-line acceleration.

Models

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

0-60 MPH

5.0 sec

4.0 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

11.9 sec 

11.6 sec 

Engine

Twin-turbocharged V12

6.0L W12 Twin Turbo TSI 

4.0L V8 Bi-turbo

Urus seems to be the fastest premium SUV, accelerating from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 3.5 seconds. The Bentley Bentayga follows up at 4.0 seconds, whereas the Rolls Royce Cullinan lags, with a required time of 5.0 seconds, in order to showcase a similar set of skills.

Braking and Handling

The halting of the Rolls Royce Cullinan is handled by a pair of disc brakes. Due to the unavailability of 60-0 braking data, the braking performance remains untested. 

Model

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

15.8

17.32

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

15

14.57

Curb Weight (lbs.)

6069

5379

4850

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

111

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the Rolls Royce Cullinan burns some real deal of dead dinosaurs. The mighty SUV offers a bleak 14 combined mpg, with 12 in city and 20 on expressways. 

Model

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

MPG (city)

12

14

12

MPG (highway)

20

20

17

MPG (combined)

14

25

14

As we can see, the Bentley Bentayga leads the path in terms of fuel economy, followed by the Cullinan and finally the Urus. The Lamborghini Urus provides the least fuel economy, which is quite obvious since it's offering the greatest power. 

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Interior

We have a Rolls in question here. So do we need to talk about interiors? Anyway, the Cullinan, carrying its family legacy forward, offers a mesmerizing cabin aura. Everything you touch has a premium feel to it. The instrument dials have beautiful engravings, and the focal infotainment system has now been converted into a touch-screen panel. The Cullinan also offers a head-up display, which in itself is a pinnacle of class. 

Some of the most distinctive features of the Cullinan are:

  • Umbrella Holder in the door
  • Champagne Chiller
  • Front Massage Seats
  • Theatre Rear Sitting
  • Compass
  • Magic Carpet Ride Technology

Model

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

N/A

40.3/N/A/41.7

N/A

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

38.3/54.1/39.2

38.0/N/A/40.9

N/A

Infotainment

The Rolls Royce Cullinan's infotainment arrangement is a striking part of the SUVs interior. The infotainment arrangement radiates luxury vibes and is also very practical at the same time. Cullinan's infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and comes with an array of driver-assist features. 

Cargo Volume

Rolls Royce offers a massive cargo space in the Cullinan. The back seat row is foldable and tucks themselves away with poise at the touch of a single button. Rolls also offer a lot of modification options, that the owner can select based on his preferences. The most popular of these options is the option to install a set of folding leather seats and a cocktail table. Moreover, Rolls Royce also offers a glass sill that parts the luggage area from the passenger seats. 

Model

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

19.7

15.18

21.71

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

21.18

17.09

56.6

Lamborghini Urus leads the way in terms of cargo space, followed up by the Cullinan and then Bentayga. However, the coach door on the boot saves your hustle by making the loading procedure a cakewalk.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

When it comes to dimensions, the Rolls Royce Cullinan is a mammoth. With a curb weight of 5864.3 lbs, the Cullinan stands tall at 5.3 meters and boasts a wide stance of 2.1 meters.

Model

Rolls Royce Cullinan

Bentley Bentayga

Lamborghini Urus

Curb weight (lbs.)

5864.3

5379

4850

Length(in)

210.3

202.4

201.3

Width(in)

85.2

78.7

79.4

Height(in)

72.2

68.6

64.5

Ground clearance (in)

22

9.6

9.8

Wheelbase (in)

129.7

117.8

118.2

The Rolls Royce Cullinan beats both its rivals by a big margin when it comes to ground clearance which advocates that the Cullinan is really meant for the roads not taken. Moreover, it also comes out as the longest, widest and tallest of them all.

Exterior Features

Some of the prominent exterior features are as follows:

  • Coach Doors
  • Power-closing Doors
  • Stereo Camera Arrangement
  • Auto-leveling Sigil

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA data is not yet available for the Rolls Royce Cullinan.

The Cullinan comes packed with a fleet of safety features, the most prominent ones are: 

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Side Collision Beams
  • Low Tire Pressure Alerts
  • Back-up Camera
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera
  • Night Vision Assist
  • Rolls Royce Emergency Assist SOS
  • Front and Back Parking Sensors
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

Rolls Royce Cullinan vs. Bentley Bentayga

 Bentayga is the only SUV offering from the house of the pouncing cat. It is powered by a 6.0L W12 engine that grants the vehicle a whopping 600 bhp along with 568 lb-ft of torque. The Bentayga is surely a powerful set of wheels, that has the capabilities to conquer almost every road out there. However, when placed in front of a Cullinan, the Bentayga underperforms a bit, in almost every aspect (except for fuel efficiency and straight-line acceleration).

Rolls Royce Cullinan vs. Lamborghini Urus

The Urus comes out as the Italian carmaker's stepping stone in the booming world of SUVs. The Urus is a powerful vehicle, which puts on a show of menacing power and breath-taking performance. The Urus focuses more on performance rather than a luxury. Befitted with a roaring 4.0L V8, the Urus can churn out 641 bhp along with 627 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to cargo space, the Urus beats the Cullinan by a huge margin, however, both share similar MPG figures.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Final Verdict

The Rolls Royce Cullinan is a must buy (if you can). Priced at a hefty sum of $325,000 the Cullinan stands out to be the most luxurious SUV on the planet (well, as of now). Though it lags behind its competitors in some horizons, it possesses its own set of superpowers. However, the Cullinan is also the most expensive option among all the top-crust SUVs, but the luxury quotient justifies the price-tag (as seen from a Rolls' enthusiasts POV). The Cullinan is not just about luxury but is also a great performer. The Cullinan is built to take all sorts of roads out there.

The Luxury being offered by the Cullinan is unmatchable. Everything about the Cullinan screams power along with sophistication. Moreover, you don't need a reason to buy a Rolls, if you can buy a Rolls, just buy a Rolls.