2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is an all-terrain, all-season SUV. Drivers journey in confidence, knowing that Cullinan’s limitless performance capability underpins every excursion.

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes with state-of-the-art features that qualify it to be an SUV as well as a luxury all-purpose vehicle with a starting price of USD$350,000.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

 

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s twin-turbo 6.7-liter V-12 provides 563 horsepower and is whisper quiet, lest it disturb the VIPs in the cabin. In our testing, we recorded a 60-mph time of just 4.5 seconds—impressive for a vehicle that weighs about three tons.

All-wheel drive is standard, although we suspect buyers will never venture off the tarmac and risk damaging the paint. The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan rides on an air suspension that receives information from a road-scanning camera and automatically adjusts the vehicle’s height to compensate for imperfections in the pavement.

Ride comfort is beyond the standards of regular luxury vehicles, as the Cullinan wafts down the road and transmits nothing unpleasant to the people inside.

 

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Per the EPA’s methodology, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s V-12 powertrain will consume 12 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Believe it or not, those figures aren’t the worst in the class.

The V-12-powered Bentley Bentayga boasts ratings of 12 mpg city and 17 highway, and the Mercedes-AMG G63, 13 mpg city and 15 highway. We ran the Cullinan on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The spacious cabin is lined in box-grain leather, lambs-wool carpeting, beautiful wood trim, and milled aluminum accents. If you want an even higher level of luxury, Rolls-Royce will customize almost every part of the Cullinan’s already lavish interior with whatever delights you can imagine.

Only warts in this otherwise decadent space are the fully digital gauge cluster that lacks the elegance of an analog setup and the standard rear seating that’s as inflexible as a park bench. At least buyers can rectify the latter issue by optioning the two-seat second row with adjustability and massage functions. The exterior is classic Rolls-Royce, but the vehicle’s liftgate configuration allowed the brand to fit the cargo area with an optional Viewing Suite consisting of a pair of leather-wrapped seats and a small table that pop out of the floor 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

This is by far the most luxurious way to take in a polo match at the country estate. Even though this SUV is a clear break from tradition for the storied British brand, it’s still an uncompromised Rolls-Royce in every way.

 

Full Specifications

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$410,575 (base price: $327,750)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
412 cu in, 6749 cc
Power
563 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque
627 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.6-invented disc/15.7-invented disc
Tires: Continental ContiSportContact 5, F: 255/45R-22 107Y ★ R: 285/40R-22 110Y ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 210.3 in
Length: 129.7 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 72.2 in
Cargo volume: 21 cu ft
Curb weight: 6086 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 10.5 sec
130 mph: 18.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 111 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 151 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.83 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 12 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 21 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/12/20 mpg

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