Bentley Bentayga gets major facelift for 2020

Bentayga updated to reflect Bentley's latest design language

  • Radical design updates
  • New interior technology and software
  • Expected to start at £135,000

The Bentley Bentayga SUV has been given a major overhaul to bring it into line with the recently launched Bentley Continental GT and four-door Flying Spur. The new model is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year.

The Bentayga’s nose has received a thorough redesign, giving one of the world's most expensive SUVs an even larger, more imposing grille. New LED Matrix headlights are inspired by crystal cut glass and have 82 individual LEDs per unit. The position of the headlights has been lifted by 30mm to give the Bentayaga more road presence.

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The bumpers have also been reprofiled for a more sporting look, while the side vents on either wing have been elongated. The rear has come in for a new treatment too, with a wider tailgate and a lower position for the number plate, which is now found on the rear bumper.

Even more striking are the new oval rear lights, which are a complete change from the outgoing rectangular units. They're more similar to those on the Continental GT and are meant to look like faceted jewellery when lit.

There are also larger exhaust pipes, new 22-inch alloy wheels and two new paint colours. A Blackline package can also replace chrome trim with gloss black versions.

Interior updates and practicality

There are fewer design changes inside but the technology on offer has been updated. A new 10.9-inch touchscreen has ushered in a new centre console, and the display runs updated software with wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity for the first time, as well as Android Auto.

Traditional instrument gauges have also been replaced by a screen, and backseat passengers get a new tablet for controlling various aspects of the car. A dedicated on-board SIM card means the Bentayga is always online, and there's a wireless smartphone charging pad.

As before, the Bentayga is available as a four, five or seven-seater, with either two full-size rear seats, a three-seat rear bench or two additional seats that pop up in the boot. Go for the four-seat version and there's extra legroom and a further 100mm of tilt to recline, for a VIP experience. The rear bench will be able to lean back slightly further now too.

Engines and performance

A 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 petrol engine will be the only version offered at launch, producing 542bhp. This gets the heavy SUV from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to a 180mph top speed, where permitted. Every Bentayga gets four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Fuel-efficiency is rated at 21.2mpg, while CO2 emissions of 302g/km are nearly double that of the highest Benefit-in-Kind band, so it sits firmly in the 37% category for business drivers. Road tax will cost £475 in the first five renewal years.

The chassis has been kept largely the same but the rear wheels are now 20mm further apart from each other. This is said to complement the wider new tail design and improve the feel and response of the Bentayga's steering.

The updated 6.0-litre W12 Speed and plug-in hybrid Bentayga models will arrive after the V8 version has gone on sale.

Price, on-sale date and rivals

While there's no official word yet from Bentley on prices, the latest Bentayga is likely to start from just over £135,000 when it arrives later this year. It will face competition from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Lamborghini Urus and Audi RS Q8, along with range-topping versions of the Range Rover.

Read our full review of the current Bentley Bentayga and the world's other top SUVs - the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus and Audi RS Q8.

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