What if it was the most comfortable car in the world?

In the game of who owns the biggest SUV, Bentley scores points with this new version of the Bentayga, called the EWB, for its extended wheelbase. Spanning 18 cm at the wheelbase as its name suggests – 3.18 m instead of 3 m – the English SUV is now 5.31 m long! It is very close to Rolls-Royce Cullinan (5.34 m) and far ahead of the “small” Long Range Rover (5.25 m) and other Mercedes GLS (5.21 m). The Bentley Bentayga EWB, which already takes 45% of Bentley sales, or about 7,000 copies in 2021, aims to attract new space-loving customers. Not necessarily in Europe, where cities and parking are seldom suitable for “high volume” vehicles, but especially in the United States.Where large sizes are not a problem.

Bentley Bentayga EWB: Palace on Wheels

However, it is enough to share some time with the Bentley Bentayga EWB that you want it. To experience it, as we have had the opportunity to do in Canada, North Vancouver, is to discover that you are treated as well in the driver’s seat as on the “couches” in the back, and you deserve the best business class in the world. Here at least with the two single seats called “airline seats” (you can also choose a 3-seater configuration). Because far from the exceptional space that allows you to lie almost in the back – from the right seat you can, electrically, move the seat forward in front of you and tilt the footrest – The two rear seats are gems of technology. Bentley simply describes them as “the most advanced seats ever installed in a car”.

Bentley Bentayga EWB rear seats.
Bentley Bentayga EWB rear seats.© Bentley

And we want to believe it: with 22 possible settings, multiple massages available and even automatic two-position adjustment on demandJust using it is an experience. The head is mounted on a feather-soft headrest, our fun, with a removable color screen placed between the seats, to make a measuring bench. The magic, especially that over the miles, the chair itself decides to massage your upper back, lower back, and/yes thighs. Add to this a very elegant soundproofing, and the image is perfectly bordered. It just freezes because if the air suspension isolates you too well from the road, they can’t eliminate all the wheel strokes generated by 21 inches – the generic Citroën C5 X does better than the Bentley Bentayga EWB at this point!

Amazing driving pleasure

The other good news is that the rear seats aren’t just that enviable. The driver is handled very well. It must be said that to compensate for the additional volume and weight resulting from it – the machine declares 2.5 tons empty, that is, a hundred kilograms more – Bentley Bentayga EWB Offers Rear Wheel Steering (Not entitled to Bentayga). This does not turn this large SUV into a GTi and it is appropriate to keep it at the front. But, behind the wheel, we really enjoy driving this behemoth that looks a lot lighter than it is.

The Bentley Bentayga EWB is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 550 horsepower.
The Bentley Bentayga EWB is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 550 horsepower.© Bentley

Few road users realize that the “my” Bentayga delivers sporty performance thanks to its V8 biturbo engine. It’s the first engine available with a tall chassis and coming out front. Soft and almost inaudible at low speeds, the 4.4-liter makes a nice sound when jostled at it, and thanks to 550 hp and 770 Nm of torque, it is able to propel the machine from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. It is clear that without rushing passengers, the four-wheel drive system and various electronic aids ensure that English always remains worthy …

Suffice it to say, the road is beautiful aboard this rolling mansion that strives to take care of every detail. With such a long list of possible customizations, Bentley rarely makes the same model twice. But, of course, all this is not free: in the end Azure, the EWB is offered at €271,058 against €250,886 in the “regular” Bnetley Bentayga. A fairly reasonable additional cost, even if it is necessary to put a hand in the wallet to get the famous “airline seats”. Personalizing all this a bit, 300,000 euros is crossed before he says it…

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