The 2024 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

Bentley’s long and luxurious heritage meets the future in an efficient and gorgeously finished SUV with the 2024 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid.

2024 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
Photo courtesy of Bentley.

Should a Porsche Cayenne, or even the raging Audi RS Q8, seem a tad pedestrian for your tastes, Bentley, the U.K. branch of that family tree, provides the mildly audacious and hyper-luxurious Bentayga. It’s a sharp-looking and distinctive five-passenger SUV that captures the brand’s essence of old-school luxury—Bentleys have been in production since 1919, with the Bentayga offered since 2015—but takes advantage of that shared Germanic platform and high tech to produce a go-anywhere vehicle.

Sadly, Bentayga’s fulsome W-12 engine is no longer available, but a 456-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 plug-in hybrid setup makes this handsome automobile a more efficient option. It’s still capable of hitting 158 mph on a race track, as well as making 20-plus-mile all-electric jaunts. Its large SUV profile is somewhat reminiscent of its Volkswagen Group siblings, but striking details such as oval brake lamps, LED matrix headlights, and a chrome mesh grille set it apart. Classic black-and-white Bentley emblems, church organ-styled vent controls, and a gleaming analog clock face on a walnut dash up the glossy appeal.

Bentley’s luxurious superpower is customization, from 22-inch wheels and a carbon fiber body kit to 60 available paint colors, as well as options including a range of wood veneers or individualized contrast stitching and highlights for the leather interior. The 180-mph-capable V-8 model can add an electrified dynamic ride system or be ordered as an extended-wheelbase Azure edition, with Maybach-styled reclining executive seats and Rolls Royce-inspired remote-closing doors.

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