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The Bentayga is a hugely significant and accomplished addition to the super-luxury set.

It has been ushered in among cars that, in many cases, it comfortably outstrips on performance and kerb weight – some of them within Bentley’s own range – and that’s despite being an SUV. It adds greater capability and usability to Bentley’s arm than the firm has hitherto offered.

Versatile, genteel, luxurious SUV with a silken sporting edge

If anything, the Bentayga may have come too early to be judged for perpetuity, there being very few direct rivals – yet – against which to measure it.

Against the most refined limousines, it lacks only a degree of ride isolation – and, arguably, some grandiose presence and desirability at the kerb.

Against the fastest SUVs, it wants for that last sliver of speed and dynamic composure.

But viewed in the fairest terms, it must simply be acclaimed as one of the most complete and compelling luxury products in the world.

That is why the Bentayga grabs second spot in our top 5 super luxury category, behind the formidable Rolls-Royce Phantom, but ahead of the Bentley Mulsanne, Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and the Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB.