Say hello to the Cullinan, the first SUV from Rolls-Royce. This premium automaker has a storied history building some of the finest luxury sedans and coupes in the world. But fear not, you well-heeled readers -- the Cullinan SUV is as decadent a Rolls-Royce as any other.
That's because Rolls-Royce builds the Cullinan on the same (aptly named) "Architecture of Luxury" that underpins the new. And with an air suspension, all-wheel drive and a wealth of usable cargo space out back, the Cullinan is simply better equipped to not only take you places other Rolls-Royces can't, but bring all of your finest gear along, as well.
Power comes from a 6.75-liter V12 engine, producing 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. There's more than enough power for quick acceleration, and it all comes on with an effortlessly elegant rush. As I make my way up to cruising speed, the eight-speed automatic transmission does its thing invisibly -- seriously, I never feel it changing gears. And as I approach a curve or hill, the transmission uses GPS data to preemptively downshift (again, smoothly) so I'm always in the correct gear for what's ahead.
The Good The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan features sumptuous materials and a plethora of luxury features. The V12 engine provides plenty of power and the SUV rides like a dream.
The Bad The infotainment system is overwrought and complicated. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not offered.
The Bottom Line The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is an ultraswanky SUV for the 1 percent.
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