2017 Bentley Bentayga video review


Even among big SUVs, it's the little things that make all the differences. One-touch windows, real radio knobs. Yeah, that's the good stuff.

This machine? Its little things are a lot different. How about a custom-made picnic basket, 115 paint colors, and a $170,000 watch stuck in the dash?

Sounds like it's time for a road test of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga.

MORE: Read our first drive review of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga

First—if you must—the Bentayga starts at $229,000 for the privilege. Such money may seem like lunacy, but the big Bentley isn't alone: There's a Range Rover for nearly that much; Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and others aren't far behind.

Second, no two Bentleys should ever be alike with what's possible here.

2017 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga

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You want details? There are 115 available factory exterior colors. 10 wheel combinations. 24 swatches to choose from when selecting the hides. 2 stitch combinations. 7 wood veneers.

Should we keep going?

The point is that the Bentley Bentayga is built to feel special and it does. It's unlike anything we've seen for a while and a pinnacle for the luxury brand. And we haven't even covered the $170,000 Mulliner Torbillon clock.

The body side is the single largest piece of aluminum stamping in the car business. Hand crafting one of these behemoths takes 130 hours—up to 6 times longer than a normal car. The panoramic roof is an acre and a half of glass. The carefully crafted hand-stitched seams wouldn't be out of place in a Savile Row tailor.

But this suit is meant to haul class too.


 
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