Most Bentayga owners value the open road performance and off-road capability their Bentley is endowed with. But that doesn’t mean they use either daily. For many, the day-to-day advantages of the Bentagya are its commanding driving position and cosseting luxury in an urban environment. At the same time, they expect their Bentley SUV to be up to the task of a fast, luggage-laden grand tour as and when needed.
The Bentayga Hybrid could well be ideal for such drivers. With its EV range of 31 miles, it can be used for a short urban commute all week long without once summoning the 3.0 V6 petrol engine to life, recharging overnight at home or in just 2.5 hours using a high-capacity charging point. Yet the combined range of electric power and petrol engine is over 500 miles, banishing the kind of range anxiety suffered by owners of pure electric vehicles. The combined power output of the highly-efficient electric motor and new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine is expected to be around 450bhp which should give it a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of around 6 seconds or less, though Bentley hasn’t released official performance figures.
From the driving seat, you’ll notice an EV green sector on the rev counter before 0 rpm shows where the V6 cuts in. This, and an intelligent throttle pedal, gives you visual and sensory feedback when you’re in EV mode. As with other Bentayga models, there’s permanent four-wheel drive with a choice of four modes – Sport, Bentley, Comfort, and Custom. But on the Hybrid, in place of the auto Stop-Start switch there’s a choice of three electric modes – EV, Hybrid Mode and Hold. The first uses electric power only, while Hybrid mode intelligently selects between one or both power sources according to demand (and can even decide the best places to use EV mode if a destination is programmed to the sat nav). Hold mode conserves battery power for maximum performance in Sport mode.
Visually, the Bentayga Hybrid features copper-coloured Hybrid badging to the sides and rear, with a chrome grille and twin quad tailpipes. Wheel centres are also copper colour. A new interior hide Cricketball, joins a standard selection of five interior colours and the standard specification veneer is Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, but you can choose from Crewe’s wide selection of exquisite handcrafted veneers and hides in a range of colours. And to make even the act of home charging into an aesthetic experience, Bentley has collaborated with celebrated designer Philippe Starck to create a Power Dock that’s as striking as it is easy to use.