Bentley Bentayga review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Most buyers won't be too bothered by 17mpg, but fuel range is an issue - that's where the hybrid comes in
If you’re already considering forking out £161,375 on an SUV, it’s unlikely you’ll be put off by the Bentayga’s high running costs. The hefty 2,440kg kerbweight and mammoth 6.0-litre engine result in hefty 296g/km CO2 emissions, placing the car in the top tax bracket – which is just what buyers will expect.
If money is a concern – or, more likely, you reckon you may get annoyed by making regular visits to the filling station, then the Hybrid model is the best choice. Bentley claim a combined a fuel economy figure of 80.7mpg, with an all-electric range of up to 24.2 miles.
On test, our Bentayga W12 managed only 17.5mpg. That’s not much worse than the 21.6mpg Bentley itself claims for economy on the combined test cycle, but most owners will accept that.
Regardless of which model you choose, the Bentley’s high list price makes it a pretty costly company vehicle, so limo and private hire firms will probably prefer the Audi Q7.
With its staggering performance, and a breath-taking price, you won’t be surprised to learn the Bentayga falls into the top Group 50 insurance category regardless of engine.
Initial strong demand and a long waiting list meant nearly new cars were selling at a premium, with First Edition versions advertised for nearly £300,000. The Bentayga V8 models are expected to hold onto around 50% of their original value over three years and 36,000 miles, although the four-seat variants take more of a hit, retaining 45% on average. A facelifted model is due to be launched later in 2020, and this will likely impact on used prices of current vehicles.
Whatever model you choose you will see a significant drop in value over the three year period, but again that’s nothing out of the ordinary in the luxury sector. However, the bespoke nature of the Bentley brand means those owners lured into shelling out small fortunes for special interior trims, finishes and accessories could be faced with actual residual values far below those predicted for the standard model.
In this review
- 1Bentley Bentayga reviewThe Bentley Bentayga is one of the most accomplished and glamorous SUVs around, but you pay for the privilege
- 2Engines, performance and driveMonstrous performance is the Bentayga’s most obvious strength, and it handles like a car half its size
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingMost buyers won't be too bothered by 17mpg, but fuel range is an issue - that's where the hybrid comes in
- 4Interior, design and technologyUndeniably ostentatious inside and out, the Bentayga is crammed with high-tech features, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePassengers are supremely cossetted, but the luggage space is tighter than you might imagine for a car this size
- 6Reliability and SafetyVW Group technology should help to keep Bentley’s Bentayga on the road, and you safe if you fall off it…