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.
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.