Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

WHEN the Bent­ley Ben­tayga ar­rived in 2016, it re­set the bench­marks for SUV lux­ury and per­for­mance. With its tra­di­tional hand-fin­ished cabin and prodi­gious power, noth­ing cur­rently comes close in this class.

While a more ef­fi­cient plug-in hy­brid is com­ing, the re­cently in­tro­duced 4.0-litre diesel is the most ef­fi­cient ver­sion. It has nearly as much pace as the W12, but ev­ery­day econ­omy is around 25mpg, rather than in the teens. Price range: £137,055-£234,055 Our pick: 4.0 V8 Auto En­gine: 4.0-litre V8 diesel, 429bhp Trans­mis­sion: 8-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 167mph Econ­omy: 35.8mpg CO2: 210g/km

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