Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Review

Price: £133,000

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Bentley’s first trip into the luxury plug-in hybrid sector. Traditional Bentley craftsmanship without typical Bentley mpg… as long as you remember to plug it in. 

Score

7/10

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  • Battery size: 17.3 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 124 g/km
  • Range: 24 miles (electric)
  • Fuel economy: 80 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 24/04/2020・Updated: 1/08/2022

Ginny Says

“Massive SUVs really aren’t the best if you’re looking to go greener, but if you must have a posh, plush plug-in, then this is right up there.”

Tom Says

“Not the most desirable Bentayga - the V8 fits that bill - but a decent semi-electrified luxo-barge that allows for limited urban EV-only running.”

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Bentley Bentayga Hybrid s

A big Bentayga means big servicing and ownership costs, and you can forget about grants to help ease the pain. The fuel consumption should be lower though.

  • Price: £133,000
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging) :£2.84
  • Company car tax :18% (2020-21)
  • Insurance group:50E T1
  • Warranty:3 years / unlimited miles

Pricing

The very cheapest way of getting into a new Bentayga is to hand over a cheque for £133,000. But no-one does that in reality, as part of the beauty of a car like this is being able to have it built to your own personal specification. There’s a bewildering array of trims, colours and other options, as will be visible if you stroll down any street in the posh parts of British towns. If the standard choices aren’t enough, Bentley’s Mulliner department will cater for your whims - for a price.

The company also likes to keep itself busy with various limited-edition models which package together colours, trims and equipment. They’ll usually have something like a picture of a horse randomly embroidered into the seats. 

Running costs

The 80+mpg which is suggested by the official WLTP fuel consumption figures is about as reliable as a sofa showroom’s sale discounts. It will only really makes sense if you plug the Hybrid in quite a lot and use the electric motor as much as possible. Otherwise you’re looking at 30-ish mpg, which really isn’t that good compared to something like an Audi SQ7 or diesel Range Rover. It also doesn’t meet new criteria for tax breaks, seeing as it won’t manage 50-miles on EV-only WLTP. 

The massive savings will come if you get your accountant to wangle the Bentayga through the company books though. The benefit-in-kind for the hybrid will be at least £10,000 a year less than the V8 version. If you’re going that route though, we’d recommend you also look at a pure electric car such as the Tesla Model X. It might not be built with the same care and attention, but the zero rate for company car tax might persuade you.

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