Poll: Bentley Bentayga or Porsche Cayenne Turbo S?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Über-lux SUVs are the subject of today’s AutoGuide.com poll! Would you rather have the supremely ritzy Bentley Bentayga or Porsche’s swift-and-sporty Cayenne Turbo S?

That’s a tough choice, indeed! Each of these top-shelf utility vehicles provides scads of performance and more opulence than a royal palace. But they differ in key areas; one focuses on obscene luxury, the other on delivering peak performance.

Starting with the Bentley, this British beast brandishes a turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine. Those dozen cylinders provide 600 brake horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, plenty for cruising down Rodeo Drive or making your tee time at Pebble Beach.

Aiding and abetting this massive engine is a resourceful eight-speed automatic transmission. Overall, this powertrain dream-team can rocket the husky Bentayga to 60 miles an hour in just four-seconds flat. Top speed is rated at a brisk 187 miles an hour.

Unlike its Volkswagen Group stablemate, the Cayenne makes do with just a 4.8-liter V8. But thanks to twin turbochargers, it delivers 570 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque, numbers that aren’t too far off what the Bentley offers with 50 percent more displacement.

Similarly, an eight-speed automatic transmission handles gearchanges, routing torque to all four tires through an “active” all-wheel-drive system. Beating its luxurious rival, the sprint to 60 takes as little as 3.8 seconds, with a top track speed of 176 miles an hour.

As for pricing, the Turbo S starts around $161,000, including delivery charges. However, with the Bentayga you’d better plan on shelling out at least a quarter-mill to get even a base model.

Which of these high-performance SUVs do YOU prefer? The Bentley is likely far more luxurious inside, but the Porsche is practically guaranteed to offer more driver engagement. Compare these rarified vehicles here and make sure to vote in our poll.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Feb 25, 2017

    Porsche is safer... Because Bentley will only get you hunted down and bagged ... by someone who will leave you 3 years later with 80% of your stuff Then go on Oprah to tell the world how you abused her mentally

  • RWS RWS on Feb 27, 2017

    I have a Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid. Its "nose" is much more aerodynamic than that of the Bentley. Mine has "only" 416 hp, not 570, but I've never felt any lack of power; the acceleration in electric mode, as well as in engine mode, is quite astonishing....