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Meet the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

All Bentleys will be hybrid by 2026. Here's one of them

Published: 04 Jan 2021
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This is the newly updated Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. On the face of it, it’s big news: a notable step towards Bentley being fully hybrid by 2026, and an electric-only brand by 2030. But in truth it’s a simple update of the plug-in hybrid Bentayga launched in 2019, with a big restyle and a handful of new features.

Its power source is as before, a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 paired with an electric motor for a total output of 443bhp. Which puts it 100bhp down on the regular, V8 petrol Bentayga. But you won’t be buying this one for performance anyway: Bentley says ‘nearly 100 per cent’ of the first-gen Hybrid’s buyers use EV mode, and half of them consistently use the car for journeys below the 31 miles possible on electric power alone.

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Without the engine in play, the Bentayga has 126bhp and an 84mph top speed. Which, presuming those journeys are all urban, will be more than enough.

As before, you’ve a variety of EV, Hybrid and Hold modes to choose from, so you can decide when you deploy the near silence of emissions-free driving (the Bentayga emitting a small sound in EV mode so as not to startle pedestrians). Or you can simply use the in-built nav, which’ll calculate when best to utilise petrol or electric power depending on where you’re headed, taking all the decision-making out of your hands. A haptic buzz on the accelerator pedal is designed to give you a heads-up on when best to lift off the throttle to cut engine power and go electric-only.

The battery is a little stronger than before, 17.3kWh versus 13, but takes a similar amount of time to refill, achieving a full charge in 2.5 hours if you’ve plugged it into something decent.

All told, the Bentayga Hybrid offers a 536-mile range with a full tank and full battery, which is probably its most relevant boast as a big luxo-SUV. Tempted?

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