The new Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid is the venerable British brand’s cheapest vehicle. Certainly, with a base price of $158,000, it is not inexpensive by any stretch. In fact, it costs more than four times the average price of a new vehicle purchased in America this year. But after driving an advance version of the marque’s first plug-in through the horror-scape that is Silicon Valley, we were reminded of the old saying: You get what you pay for.
We will preface this review by stating something that should be obvious: The Bentley Bentayga is our least favorite Bentley. Its proportions are inelegant, its shape nondescript. Though we know it is hand-built in Crewe alongside the rest of the marque’s wondrous new lineup, it lacks the specialness, a sense of occasion that should be endemic. This isn’t just because it’s a sport utility vehicle, and thus