Bentley Bentayga Hybrid 2021 long-term review

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid 2021 long-term review

Not good, then. But one more reason to plan ahead, take your time, sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s what this car is best at.

Love it:

‘UBER-BENTLEY’ MODE There is nothing more refined than an EV, and when it is in this mode, the Bentayga feels very Bentley indeed.

Loathe it:

SUB-BENTLEY ENGINE The off-the-peg 3.0-litre Audi V6 is not a very Bentley engine, but thanks to hybrid torque, you rarely need to use many revs.

Mileage: 5420

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Gives more than you expect – 24 November 2021

In my quest to keep running costs within faintly affordable limits, I’ve been going as far as I can on electricity. The blurb says 24 miles is all you’ll get out of the battery, but even without trying I’m seeing 30 or more. It also regenerates so much that by descending a nearby hill I can add three miles. Hopefully such measures will help keep me from debtor’s prison for a while yet.

Mileage: 5344

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Welcoming the Bentayga Hybrid to the fleet – 17th November 2021

It’s a sign of the times that I’m even writing this. Ten years ago, the very idea of a Bentley SUV would have seemed hard to imagine, although I’m not entirely sure why, given that the brand built its name on huge, heavy, do-anything, goanywhere cars. But the thought that Bentley might not only build such a car but then equip it with the smallest engine ever fitted to a Bentley, the first with six cylinders since the 1950s and the least powerful in the modern history of the brand? That would have been closer to unthinkable. 

But we must move with the times, whether we like the direction of travel or not, and you can’t blame Bentley for doing so, because the statistics say my new long-term Bentayga Hybrid will cover 83.1 miles for every gallon of unleaded I buy and emit only 82g of CO2 for every kilometre travelled. In environmental terms, it makes a 1.0-litre Volkswagen Up look like a Sherman tank. Or rather it would were such numbers not utter rubbish. Their only relevance is to the taxman, ergo the reason for the car’s existence. And the truth is that, for this reason alone and rightly or wrongly, there will be people who are able to park a Bentley outside their house who might never have been able to dream of doing so before.