These days even legacy luxury automakers like Bentley need an SUV in their stable, and the 2024 Bentayga doesn’t skimp on the ultimate posh experience that the brand’s Continental GT and Flying Spur models are known for. Step up into its cabin and the Bentayga’s aromatic leather wraps you in a gentle hug. Scan the dash and take in the gorgeous metal trim and rich wood inlays mixed with modern infotainment tech. Press the Bentayga’s console-mounted start button and one of two available engines—a velvety V-8, or a silky plug-in hybrid V-6—smoothly comes to life behind the appropriately imperious grille. You’re in a Bentley, for sure, even if it takes the less alluring shape of an SUV. Performance is admirable with any of the powertrains, but the V-8 proved quickest in our testing, hitting 60 mph in a scant 3.5 seconds. But performance may not matter if you plan to be chauffeured, and if that’s the case, the extended wheelbase Bentayga is the one you should opt for—and make sure to order the reclining rear seats for maximum relaxation.

What’s New for 2024?

The Bentayga gets a new range-topping Mulliner trim for 2024 that comes with unique exterior design elements and can be specified in almost 4000 different interior color combinations. Bentley says it’s also used more sustainable materials inside the Mulliner than other Bentleys, including carpets made from wool or recycled nylon, and leather tanned using a byproduct of olive oil. The Mulliner can be had only with the Bentayga’s extended-wheelbase body and the V-8 engine. The rest of the Bentayga lineup receives some subtle styling changes, namely the grille and wheels. The S and Azure models receive a rear-wheel steering system. A pair of cushy bucket seats for the second row are now available too. The W-12 engine is no longer an option for the Bentayga as the brand phases it out in favor of more fuel-efficient offerings such as hybrids and EVs.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Filled with rich-smelling leather, real wood trim, and glitzy metal accents, the Bentayga’s cabin stays true to its luxury breeding. Bentley allows buyers to customize just about everything. Buyers can opt for front and rear buckets, seating four, or they can select a three-across second-row bench. While the rear seat doesn’t feel as lavish as that of the Bentayga’s key rival—the Rolls-Royce Cullinan—it still offers plenty of space for adult passengers to stretch out in. The new long-wheelbase model offers more legroom and additional amenities, so that’s the one to buy if you’re planning on being chauffeured.

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