Skip advert
Advertisement

New Bentley Bentayga EWB is an SUV limousine

Bentley introduces a long-wheelbase version of its SUV after the cancellation of the flagship Mulsanne saloon

  • 18cm longer than regular Bentayga
  • New four-wheel-steering system
  • Electrically-operated rear seats and doors

The Bentley Bentayga is already one of the most luxurious cars on the road, but a new model promises an even greater level of opulence. Called the Bentley Bentayga EWB, which stands for ‘Extended Wheelbase’, this new model is longer than the standard Bentayga and is aimed first and foremost at chauffeur-driven passengers, with additional legroom in the rear.

Best large SUVsTop 10 best large SUVs 2024

Pricing for the new Bentayga EWB has yet to be announced, but we expect it to demand a premium over the regular Bentayga, with high-specification cars likely to top £300,000.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Bentley Bentayga is one of several luxury SUVs on sale, rivalling the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX. However, the new EWB model is intended to target a different niche in the market, previously filled by the now-discontinued Bentley Mulsanne limousine. 

As the name suggests, the new Bentley Bentayga EWB’s added length is in the car’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels). This should allow for greater comfort and legroom for rear passengers. The EWB measures at over 5.3m long - around 18cm longer than the standard model. To put this in perspective, the long-wheelbase version of the latest Range Rover is 7cm shorter.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

While the overall length of the Bentayga has increased for the EWB, the rear doors have also grown to enable easier entry and exit. The extravagance continues as, just like the Rolls Royce Cullinan, these are electrically operated and will close at the push of a button.

Stepping inside the EWB, customers have a choice of three different seating configurations; the four-seater Bentayga adds two first-class-style armchairs in the rear. Like the doors, these are electrically operated and offer 22 ways of adjustment, so even the most exacting of executives can find a comfortable position. The luxury does not stop there, however, as these seats also offer a massage function and fold-out tray tables so passengers can conduct important business on the go.

The five-seat configuration is similar to what you’d find in more plebeian SUVs, with a fifth centre seat. While not offering the same levels of comfort as the Bentley Airline Seats, the rear bench is still wrapped in sumptuous leather. The ‘four +1’ configuration offers a middle ground between the two, with larger and heavily bolstered outer rear seats and a third smaller, occasional seat in the middle. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

Just like all Bentleys, the Bentayga’s interior can be customised to fit the owner’s personal tastes. However, the Bentaya EWB is the brand’s most highly configurable yet, with up to 24 billion possible combinations for trim, upholstery, paint and wheel choices. Making its debut on the Bentayga EWB, the new Diamond Illumination option mounts LEDs behind perforations in the leather upholstery, to create a unique lighting effect in the dark. 

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Buyers that struggle when presented with too much choice can instead opt for one of Bentley’s pre-configured special edition specifications: Azure and the First Edition. The former gets 22-inch, 10-spoke wheels, exterior chrome detailing, model-specific embroidery and badging, quilted seats, mood lighting and a heated steering wheel. First Edition cars boast the aforementioned Diamond Illumination trim as well as an upgraded Naim sound system.

To compensate for the car’s colossal size, the Bentayga EWB is the first version of the luxury brand’s SUV to adopt a four-wheel-steering system. At lower speeds, this is able to turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction to those at the front in order to provide a tighter turning circle. This means that the EWB model has a turning circle of 11.8 metres – smaller than that even of a regular Bentayga.

Under the bonnet, the larger EWB Bentayga is powered by Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This produces 542bhp and can haul the Bentayga from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 180mph - despite the car weighing over two and a half tonnes. The standard Bentayga is also offered as a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of 25 miles; although it is not available at launch, we can expect a PHEV version of the Bentayga EWB to be offered further down the line.

Don’t want to spend six figures on your next car? Check out our list of the Top 10 best small luxury cars

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Porsche Cayenne review – one of the best-handling SUVs
Porsche Cayenne SUV
In-depth reviews
20 Jun 2024

Porsche Cayenne review – one of the best-handling SUVs

New DS flagship: chic, aero-focused EV to draw on 1960s heritage
DS electric car render
News
14 Jun 2024

New DS flagship: chic, aero-focused EV to draw on 1960s heritage

Mercedes G-Class review - iconic 4x4 adds EV power
Mercedes G-Class
In-depth reviews
13 May 2024

Mercedes G-Class review - iconic 4x4 adds EV power

Bentley Bentayga review – an opulent and comfortable SUV
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
In-depth reviews
17 Apr 2024

Bentley Bentayga review – an opulent and comfortable SUV

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
21 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

New Audi e-tron GT now has 912bhp in RS Performance guise
Audi RS e-tron GT front quarter
News
17 Jun 2024

New Audi e-tron GT now has 912bhp in RS Performance guise

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024