Does The Rolls Royce Cullinan Deserve To Be Crowned King Of SUVs?

The Rolls Royce Cullinan opens a whole new chapter for the historic British luxury brand in many ways.

For starters, it’s an SUV, even if Rolls Royce insists on describing it as an “all-terrain, high-bodied car”, because even the wealthiest of customers out there apparently want one. It’s also the first Rolls Royce to feature all-wheel drive. Suffice to say, there are plenty of firsts with the Cullinan than you can shake a stick at.

Power comes from a reworked version of the 6.75-liter V12, kicking out 563hp (571PS) and 627lb-ft (850Nm) from just 1,600 rpm, giving you plenty of poke to drive across the Sahara desert and keep on driving, if you so wish.

However, there’s no low-range transfer case, not even locking differentials, though Rolls Royce says that the Cullinan will go in places most luxury SUVs wouldn’t even dream of going thanks to the clever use of its assistance systems and the specially tuned air suspension.

That air suspension is also responsible with providing the so-called ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Rolls Royce is known for. Combine this with the practicality of a true SUV, and suddenly the Cullinan starts to make more sense than it did when we first heard about it.

So, does that make the Cullinan the undisputed king of SUVs? Let’s see what Autocar has to say about it on the video that follows.

 

  • DO ALL THE ENGLISH MUMBLE OR IS IT A DIALECT?

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      It says way more about you if you can’t understand him. I’m sure that someone who types in nothing but Caps Lock, like you, never went to school. Guess you were stuck at home fingering your sister.

      • Mr_Fanta_Pants

        Gold 👏

      • no25

        you win best comment! especially to this annoying MICHGO freak.

      • Mr. EP9

        DaMnSoNtHaT’sBrUtAl.

    • Christian

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      The only thing we have in common is I’m a d ick and you suck
      Otherwise one has nothin’ to do with the other
      None come close to skunk, bug, soldier
      Tongue, shrub, shoulder, one month older
      Sponge, mug, folder, nun, rug, holster
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    • Marty

      The man in the video speaks a language called English. That’s how the original sounds.

      It’s used all over the planet, so you’re probably used to some colonial dialect.
      Most of us who don’t speak it as a first language are quite used to different versions, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your own dialect.

    • Alx

      No, not all English do… He does, and it irritates the hell out of me!

      • MAT WATSON FALLS INTO THAT CATEGORY TOO. WHILE JAMES BACHELOR AND SHMEE ARE QUITE LEGIBLE, THO I CAN’T STOMACH SHMEE.

    • SteersUright

      You’re entitled to your opinion, dont pay any notice to the small-minded vitriol.

  • PhilMcGraw

    Let’s see it doesn’t have a transfer case, it has an air suspension that probably breaks the first time you take it mildly off roading and is expensive to replace, and the fact that Rolls-Royce has mentioned everything about this vehicle but the ground clearance has me believing it’s not the best.

    Your run of the mill Subaru is more sport utility than this thing. Only if you consider vehicles like the Chevrolet Traverse an SUV would I consider this the king of them.

    • Matt

      You’re confusing ‘SUV’ for ‘4WD’… also Rolls-Royce has tested this in rough off-road conditions and I don’t think they would have signed-off the suspension if it broke.

      Not saying it’s a serious off-roader but from the reviews it’s deeply impressive regardless.

      • PhilMcGraw

        Which reviews are you referring to? When CarandDriver drove it they said that they couldn’t take it anywhere that your run of the mill Toyota Camry could go off road.

        • Matt

          I think they meant they weren’t able to take it anywhere challenging off-road because the launch schedule probably didn’t allow it. It seems the only thing journalists were allowed to do was take it on a dirt/gravel road.

        • Matt
          • PhilMcGraw

            Going off road in a desert versus going off road where there’s rock, mud, and water, are different. It has 22 inch rims and has a massive weight problem that probably wouldn’t bode well trying to do any kind of rock crawling or would help it out of any mud situation.

            And I’ve read other reviews where they’ve mentioned that the Cullinan can handle 21 inches of water which is 14 inches less than the 35 inches a Range Rover can.

    • Andrew H

      It does have a transfer case. Same one as in a BMW 7-Series with xDrive.

    • benT

      Rolls Royce simply do not do half arced.
      This car will do what is required or change the driver.

  • David

    If an ogre can be king……..

  • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

    Looks quite douchey for an off roader.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    it looks like a large london cabby or a hearse. It’s awful looking, inside and out. I think Rolls missed the mark with this one.

    • paulgdeaton

      It would look perfect in front of a funeral home.

    • Cobrajet

      The styling made it looks traditional, I thought it could have been worse, but it is not that bad.

  • It’s the King of Posers. Want a real go-anywhere SUV, get a Unimog.

    • Bash

      well, a Suzuki Jimny will take you places those two cant. Unimog is great, but its a tank.

      • Mr. EP9

        And we love the Unimog because of it.

  • TheBelltower

    This isn’t appealing at all. It looks like a bunch of Rolls Royce bits were bolted to an industrial refrigerator.

  • Astonman

    I’d take this over the Bentley.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Some brands should not adventure in SUV territory and resist the temptation to extract money from that segment.

  • Andrew H

    It depends what the criteria is. King as far as cost and opulence. I doubt it has the off-road capability of the Range Rover, which was also a BMW SUV at one point, since it has the powertrain of a sedan. King as far as heritage would be a Jeep or Defender. If it’s being used in remote locations the king would be something easy to fix yourself with limited tools. There’s no way it’s going to win that title.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    They tried

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      They shouldn’t have.

  • Smith

    This is the most ridiculous and the ugliest vehicle on the road and it is an insult to Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce. Bad enough that the brand is owned by low price, low quality, mass production specialist VW, but to do this to the brand is just disgusting.

    • Matt

      *BMW

    • Trocadero

      VW owns Bentley not Rolls Royce

  • James Denz

    I like the Bentley Bentayga much more but I’m not an SUV person or rich enough to buy one.

  • Matthew Daraei

    No, it can’t, because it’s ugly, and ghetto style. For me in no particular order, Volvo XC90, Porsche Macan, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover, Audi Q8, and Mercedes Benz G class, are the SUV kings.

    • MPAMPIS

      Porsche Macan is king ?hahaha !

      • Cobrajet

        and the Volvo, Audi too, LOL.

  • StrangerGP

    Not a chance in my case, the car looks really bad on the outside and the interior also lacks that ultra luxury feel. If you compare the interior to the Bentayga’s you can easily notice how far behind it is.

  • Marty

    Range Rover is the Rolls Royce of SUVs. 🙂

  • charlotteharry57

    The more I see of this thing, the uglier the exterior gets. Some marques just don’t translate well to SUVs. Good thing it’s WAY out of my price range.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Short answer…yes. it’s a fortress on wheels. A gigantic vehicle if you ever get to see one in person on the road or at an auto show, just like the Phantom. Massive vehicles in comparison to other large sedans and SUVs.

  • ksegg

    Ford? FORD? That’s weird, everytime I type “FORD” my comment gets deleted by the moderators.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Mine too.

  • Blanka Li

    King of Ugly

  • Paul

    Butt it’s so ugly and blunt.

  • Bash

    Personally, the king is the Range Rover. I would take a Range Rover in an eye blink over this and won’t be sorry a bit.

  • ksegg

    Funny dialect or speech aside, I actually….like this thing.

    And I don’t usually like SUV’s.

    Car design needs to go back to being boxy!

  • Danny Boy

    Quite possibly the most unattractive SUV available! No, this IS the most unattractive SUV available!

  • Cobrajet

    No it won’t, not enough heritage.

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