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What We Like: A dozen reciprocating cylinders under the hood is a magnificent start—from the velvety-smooth manner in which they alight, to the tastefully light snarl of the exhaust, and, of course, to never wanting for power. On the other end of the Bentayga’s performance spectrum, this latest version of the W-12 proved unexpectedly efficient, posting 23 mpg on our 75-mph highway test, substantially exceeding its EPA highway rating and matching the all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali , which has half the cylinders and about half the power. The Bentayga’s interior looks the $200K-plus part, with spectacular leather that extends all the way down the doors—where the cheapening out happens and leather turns to plastic on lesser vehicles—and over the entire headliner. (Of the 15 available standard colors of leather, our car wore a stunning two-tone brown/beige.) Other details worthy of the admiration of the numerous onlookers vying for a glimpse include an exquisite jewelry holder that clips into the front cupholders, elegant analog gauges (no digital cluster here to pander to the new-money crowd, thank you very much), the artfully rendered interior door handles, and a metal gas cap so weighty that those unaccustomed may fumble it during the first removal. There’s switchgear borrowed from Audi, such as the cruise-control stalk and the steering-wheel knobs, but at least it is slathered in enough chrome to set it apart. Although the Bentayga’s limits aren’t exceedingly high on the all-season tires our test car wore and the tire squealing starts early, it is ready to play near the cornering limit, where a dab of the brakes brings about a meaningful rear-end rotation. Plus, there’s a selfie app built into the Android tablets of the rear-seat entertainment system, which seems spectacularly on point.

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