Is the Bentley Bentayga Really the Fastest SUV on the Planet?

The 2022 Bentley Bentayga is the fastest SUV on the planet. Or is it? While that’s Bentley’s claim, is there data to back it up? Let’s take a look at the 2022 Bentley Bentayga’s speed and how it compares to other SUVs.

A red 2022 Bentley Bentayga against the backdrop of a city.
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Is the 2022 Bentley Bentayga the fastest SUV?

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The 2022 Bentley Bentayga claims to be the fastest SUV in the world. It has a top speed of 190 mph, though Car and Driver says that maybe, just maybe the Lamborghini Urus is faster.

The 2022 Bentley Bentayga has a twin-turbo V8 engine that can put out 542 hp and is matched to an eight-speed transmission. It comes standard with all-wheel drive. You can also upgrade to the Bentley Bentayga Speed and get a W-12 engine that makes 626 hp. This is the version of the 2022 Bentley Bentayga that’s thought to be the fastest SUV on the planet. It can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds.

Okay, but isn’t the 2022 Lamborghini Urus also super fast?

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Yes, the 2022 Lamborghini Urus is fast enough to rival the 2022 Bentley Bentayga. The 2022 Lamborghini Urus has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. You’ll notice that that’s slightly more powerful than the 2022 Bentley Bentayga. And yet the Bentayga just edges out the Urus for the fastest SUV on the planet title.

The 2022 Lamborghini Urus can also go up to 190 hp, but in kilometers, it’s a different story. While the Lamborghini Urus can reach up to 305 kph, the 2022 Bentley Bentayga can get to 306 kph. Translated back into mph, the 2022 Bentley Bentayga’s 190.1 mph is faster than the 2022 Lamborghini Urus’ 189.5 mph. So perhaps the 2022 Bentley Bentayga really is the fastest SUV in the world.

What does the Bentley Bentayga’s speed mean for its mpg?

With the 2022 Bentley Bentayga‘s sizeable engine, it’s no surprise that it consumes a decent amount of fuel. In fact, the Bentley Bentayga mpg for the W-12 engine is downright awful. It gets just 12 mpg in the city, 17 on the highway, and a combined 14 mpg. However, Car and Driver did say that they were able to get 23 mpg on their test run of the Bentley Bentayga’s fuel economy. The Bentley Bentayga V8 engine does better than the Bentley Bentayga W-12. It gets 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined.

If you’re buying the 2022 Bentley Bentayga, perhaps you’re not too concerned about its fuel economy. More likely you’re bing pulled in by its exquisite interior. The 2022 Bentley Bentayga interior is high-end, with leather and wood and luxury add-ons that will make you feel like you’re in an opulent, invite-only library. Or private jet. It really depends on how you customize it.

The 2022 Bentley Bentayga starts at $185,000, so it isn’t a cheap SUV. However, if you want a super expensive SUV that also happens to be the fastest SUV money can buy, the 2022 Bentley Bentayga Speed might be just what you’re looking for.

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