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The Bentley Bentayga made its name as the benchmark when it comes to luxury SUVs.

Nowadays it faces competition from the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX all vying for the top spot.

So how does the new Bentley Bentayga stack up?

2021 Bentley Betayga at a glance

So first up, let’s look at the criteria the 2021 Bentley Betayga must meet:

• The performance of a supercar
• The comfort of a limo
• The off-road ability of a Range Rover
• The semi-autonomous driving capabilities of cars not yet released
• And, of course, the craftsmanship you’d expect from a Bentley

No short order there.

We’ll start by saying the craftsmanship is on point, check out the full video for a rundown of changes made to the Bentayga, including some signature Bentley touches.

2021 Bentley Betayga interior

The interior is roomy – even in the back. In tweaking the backboard to the boot and improving the lean angle in the rear seats, Bentley have gifted passengers enough room to have a seriously comfy lounge.

This does come at the expense of the boot, which is 484 litres compared to 600+ litres in the DBX and Cullinan competitors.

You can opt for seven-seater or five-seater models. There’s also a four-seater, with which you get the option to add a Mulliner console bottle cooler (fridge, basically) that comes with two Cumbria-cut crystal champagne flutes and room for a 750ml bottle of fizz. Nice.

Upfront, the level of luxury is almost immediately evident.

There’s a gorgeous new vent and clock design, some beautiful stitch-work on the leather seats and steering wheel. Luxury is also forefront in the tech used. There’s an elegant contrast between the traditional control knobs and the liquid crystal display used for the 10.9-inch hi-res screen.

The rear passengers also get a 5-inch detachable tablet, which gives them control over seat ventilation, climate and the blinds on enormous sunroof.

What’s the new Bentley Betayga like to drive?

If you haven’t seen the full video yet, go now. In what could be the ultimate test of car luxury, Rory finds out whether a Martini can make it through a full a drive without a drop being spilt and we’re not spoiling the outcome here.

What we will say is that the Bentayga uses a 48-volt active anti-roll stabilisation to give it a very smooth drive over bumps, around corner and even when braking.

There are a few different driving modes in the new Bentayga, including off-road for those that want to take a £150,000 car out through the mud.

Those looking for the key performance stats, here you go:

• 0-62 in 4.4 seconds
• Four litre twin turbo charged V8 engine
• 550 horsepower
• 770 Newton-metres torque
• Top speed: 180mph

Bentley Betayga 2021: what’s the verdict?

Ahead of a full review, we’ll say the Bentley Bentayga is a bit of a driver’s car. It’s powerful, steers well and offers a fast, fun drive.

Competitors may beat it in various categories, but overall this is a well-rounded package and benchmark.

For more first drives and expert reviews, head over to our YouTube Channel.