We took Bentley's newest Bentayga for a test drive and found a smooth operator with serious power

By Shaun Prince | 26 Oct 2017 | Move

How could we resist taking Bentley's first ever luxury diesel, the Bentayga Diesel SUV, for a spin?

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* The Bentley Bentayga Diesel SUV is the brand’s first ever diesel car

Driving through the winding roads of Berkshire, through the lush green gardens of Windsor Great Park where Guards Polo Club calls home, calls for a true thoroughbred with some serious horsepower. So, it was no surprise that when we test drove Bentley’s newest Bentayga through these lush surroundings, she soon stole best in show.

When the Bentley Bentayga first launched in 2015, it was hailed as the fastest production SUV on any market, marrying the brand’s luxury aesthetic with speed, power and precision. It was developed from the concept car EXP 9 F, which boasted an unfavourable design that prompted middling reviews from critics. In contrast, the Bentayga was a true original from the brand, fitting all the power and comfort of the concept into a more contemporary design. Now, as the brand launches the Bentayga Diesel SUV two years later, it seems Bentley has caught the bug of innovation.

The Bentley Bentayga Diesel SUV is the brand’s first ever diesel car – boasting an impressive 429 bhp from its four-litre, eight-cylinder, 32-valve engine – but maintains the classic feel of a traditional Bentley. The result is a smooth and quiet ride that belies the power at your feet. With a top speed of 168mph and achieving zero to 60mph in 4.6 seconds, we were also impressed with the reasonable rate of fuel consumption.

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* The Bentley Bentayga Diesel SUV is the brand’s first ever diesel car

More innovations come in the form of Bentley’s new ‘triple-charging’ feature, created for the SUV’s nature as an on- and off-road vehicle. Speaking of which, the vehicle also features a special fluted seat design to suit when off-roading. But despite these updates, Bentley enthusiasts can rest assured the interior still features the brand’s classic leather craftsmanship and design.

Modifications are available via a variety of colour and veneer options, and though there are not yet options for internal structural amends at this time, there’s very little about this powerful motor we would change after this galloping experience.

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* The Bentley Bentayga Diesel SUV is the brand’s first ever diesel car