The new Bentley Bentayga is one of the most luxurious SUVs ever made. Customers who can afford its £160,000 asking price can enjoy the pinnacle of automotive luxury both on and off-road, but most of us will never own one. Instead, here are six choices which are far, far cheaper.
1 - Range Rover (1970-2012)
We’ll start with the car that really popularised the idea of a posh 4x4. Despite being around in one form or another since 1970, the ingredients have stayed pretty constant: lots of leather and wood inside, a torquey motor up front (ideally a V8) and a split-folding tailgate at the back.
Modern Range Rovers may cost upwards of £60,000, but you needn’t spend anywhere near that much. There’s plenty of choice around £5000 and below if you’re brave, but we’d recommend spending around £10,000. This will give you a selection of first, second and even third-generation models. Just make sure everything works. Range Rovers can be very expensive when they go wrong.
2 - Audi Q7 (2005-2015)
Of all the cars on this list, you could argue that this is the closest you’ll get to a Bentayga - if only because the new Bentley shares a platform with the second-generation Q7. Naturally, it’s the first version we’re looking at here.
After years of offering four-wheel drive on cars, this was the first time Audi had created an out-and-out SUV. With the most common powerplant a 3.0 V6 diesel, it offers bearable fuel economy, and its classy interior has the added practicality of seven seats.
Less than £20,000 will get you behind the wheel. Just watch out for excessive front tyre wear and electrical gremlins.