Cabin appointment – working with wood, leather and metal to quite breathtaking effect, and applying standards and techniques that no other car maker could hope to match – is what Bentley does best.
Under Volkswagen’s careful custodianship, this has become Crewe’s gift to luxury car making.
This is our second acquaintance with a Bentayga’s cabin, and yet that bit of familiarity didn’t make sitting in the Bentayga Diesel any less of an event.
The driving position is far from typical of a large SUV’s. It’s only moderately high, although widely adjustable and superbly comfortable – so if you want a more lofty view of the road, you can have one.
Leave the seat in a typical setting, though, and you get an almost perfect balance of cocooning and commanding impressions from behind the wheel.
The door consoles rise higher at your side than you expect them to. The window profile above that is slimmer than in a traditional SUV and the roofline just a touch closer to your scalp (although head room remains beyond reproach).
The effect is of a cockpit that you might imagine belonged to an exotic saloon, albeit one suspended at least a foot above where it ought to be on the road and a generous cut above what’s happening beneath.
The main control interfaces include a large, chromed, no-nonsense gear selector that is well placed and easy to use.