These days there are two Bentayga body styles - the standard SUV one and the longer 'Extended Wheelbase' version which has 180mm of extra length between its axles, longer doors and an overall length of 5,322mm (30cm longer than a Range Rover). All Bentaygas benefit from the design upgrade introduced in 2021 which brought a larger, more upright matrix grille, pushing the LED matrix headlamps further apart and raising them 30 mm higher. These headlamps are elliptical - for the first time on a Bentley. They include the marque's now-signature cut crystal design, which makes them appear to sparkle even when not lit. At the rear, like the Continental GT, the Bentayga now features elliptical tail lamps. The lattice pattern offers a unique jewellery-like appearance when illuminated, with a deep, three-dimensional glow. This is still one of the largest SUVs on the road. Even the standard-shape version, at 5.14 meters long, is bigger than even a long wheelbase Range Rover, although slightly lower to give a sportier feel.
Step inside and you can really tell why the Bentayga weighs so much despite the high tech chassis. Everywhere you look, there's acres of leather and wood covering every surface imaginable, while if something looks like metal, it will be. The sweep of the dashboard is said to echo the wings of the Bentley badge and certainly looks very attractive - assuming you've chosen a tasteful colour scheme. With the 2021 year improvements, Bentley added new door trims and a revised steering wheel, plus a redesigned centre fascia and digital instrumentation cluster. These are complemented by rescultped seats that further improve on the industry-recognised benchmark for seat comfort. Infotainment was also been brought up to date with the adoption of a bigger and brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch centre-dash touchscreen, with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating and much improved touch functionality.
Three seating configurations are available in this Bentayga. Apart from the standard five-seat layout, an optional four-seat configuration features two individual rear seats separated by a centre console. A further three-row, seven-seat configuration offers more practicality and flexibility. As before, a removable 10.2" Bentley Entertainment Tablet can be provided for rear seat passengers.
The Extended Wheelbase body shape can't be had with seven seats, but four or five-seat layouts are offered plus, as standard, there's a third '4+1' configuration that puts an occasional middle seat between two larger outer chairs.
Out back, there's a 430-litre boot with the standard-shape model. With the Extended Wheelbase version, boot space varies between 380 and 484-litres, depending on the chosen seating configuration.