Rolling in the royalty

Feast your eyes on the Bentley Bentayga

For most of history, Bentley has usually been a close cousin to the Goodwood relative but with this SUV, it’s leapfrogged the royal queue to the ute-throne.

While we still scratch our heads trying to reason with the practical uses of a 4 crore luxury off-roader that will cost a kidney to get a paint touch-up, Bentley must be filling up order books. So we’ll just shut up and usher you to the gala event. Having evolved from a concept car, it still bears some of the oddball looks but the exterior is quickly forgotten once you step into the leather and wood swathed interiors that could make the Range Rover look plasticky. A total of 15 veneered wood panels make up the trim and naturally tanned bull hide is offered to rub your hide against. 

It can be ordered to seat either four or five, but if you do manage to leave the fifth wheel behind, you will be treated to 18-way adjustable chairs at the rear and 22-way up front with massage function. Just in case the W12 engine with its 600bhp and 1000Nm of torque don’t tickle your fancy, the hot-stone massage while scaling a dormant volcano might. 

Assuming you made it to the said top of that volcano, fret not about coming back to ground level. Bentley’s 48-volt system adjusts ride height and traction to match up to eight different surfaces or drive conditions, hoping that one of them comes closest to your shoddy situation. Hill Descent Control makes rolling down the slopes a one-touch affair, but of course. 

For power picnics, a hamper set is neatly integrated into the boot that includes a refrigerator, custom Linley china and even fold out seats. Dom Perignon is not part of standard equipment.