2017 Bentley Bentayga: The Fastest, Most Luxurious SUV

When Bentley announced it was launching its first-ever SUV people wondered whether the brand, known for producing some of the most luxurious coupes and sedans in the world, could find the appropriate balance of luxury and performance for SUV buyers?

After driving the all-new 2017 Bentley Bentayga through Los Angeles we’re confident the answer is “yes!”

As you might expect, piloting the new Bentayga in West L.A. generated quite a bit of attention from pedestrians and drivers, a bit surprising given how many ultra-luxury vehicles litter the roadways in this area. Maybe it was the attractive Azure Purple paint, the Bentley badge, or perhaps the unique, unmistakably “that’s a Bentley” body lines. Probably all three, but one thing was clear: People immediately knew it was exclusive and very special.

The Bentayga has four Drive Dyanmics settings to choose from. The default setting is Bentley mode, which provides a refined and comfortable driving experience. The comfort mode lets the SUV glide even more effortlessly over potholes and uneven pavement. Sport mode, which was the one we used most of the time during our drive, provides a throatier exhaust note and sharper handling through winding roads without any serious hit to ride quality. Finally, the custom mode allows the driver to personalize suspension and engine settings to his or her preference.

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