MONTH 2 By Ben Miller
THE FESTIVAL of Speed’s only ¬law is that Stamford and Goodwood House are 155 tedious miles apart. But miles matter less in a Bentayga; they’re easier and ultimately inconsequential. You sit there, happy, and you arrive places. This is unusual. Land travel has always demanded eort on the part of the traveller – and a Bentley lets you o the hook. The air suspension smooths the M25 just as it ¬lattens the Duke of Richmond’s parched ¬ields and, should a gap appear two or three cars up the road, the V8 simply puts you in it at very little notice.
Flies in the ointment? The low-level but consistent anxiety that nd comes with running a 4.0-litre V8, with its attendant fuel consumption and, when we get creative with our route into Goodwood, the fundamental incompatibility of ancient Sussex lanes and a Bentley that feels every inch of its two metres wide.
LOGBOOK BENTLEY BENTAYGA V8
Price £136,200 As tested £213,875 Engine 3996cc 32v twin-turbo V8, 542bhp @ 6000rpm, 568lb ft @ 1960rpm Transmission 8-speed auto, all-wheel drive Performance 4.5sec 0¡62mph, 180mph, 260g/km CO2 Miles this month 1303 Total 2145 Our mpg 20.4 Oicial mpg 24.8
Fuel this month £389.41 Extra costs None
Ben arrives in the duke’s ield. Not shown, Ben selling belongings to pay for the fuel to get home