Luxury SUVs: The new normal

Bentley Bentayga

Right now a friend of mine is driving the new Bentley Bentayga around Europe. Lucky him you might say. And you’d be right – not least because the car has attracted a lot of positive attention along the way.

A few years ago this would have been unthinkable. The mere concept of a Bentley SUV had the purists spluttering into their Dom Perignon, but somehow the Bentayga (pronounced Ben-tiger I learnt the other day) has become an accepted part of the automotive landscape.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s a good fit for the brand. Bentleys have never been flyweight track cars. Ettore Bugatti famously described them as the world’s fastest lorries (there again, he had just been beaten by them five times at Le Mans) so a stately SUV with a sporting edge seems like quite an apt evolution. The same definitely goes for the forthcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan.

I may draw the line at a Ferrari SUV, though.