The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the first SUV that Rolls-Royce has ever produced, and as its name suggests it is a diamond in the rough. It’s an absolutely massive 4×4 and one of the most luxurious cars of any kind. Rolls-Royce has a long history of making sedans, this being its first luxury SUV, a risky move that has undoubtedly paid off.
The Cullinan SUV is without a doubt one of the most imposing luxury SUVs to be seen on the road. The windows are adorned with silver decorations which helps to embellish and hide its great silhouette a little.
Buyers of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan will probably never venture off-road with their new cars, but if they ever get (very) lost on the way to their destination, in contrast to the rest of the vehicle the Cullinan has silver bumpers on the bottom edges to prevent scratches.
The Cullinan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine producing 563PS and a remarkable 850Nm of torque. That’s enough for a 0-100 km/h time of five seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
As you would expect from a Rolls-Royce, the Cullinan is more refined than any other SUV on the move: the cabin is quiet and relaxing, while the pleasant sound of the engine remains muted even under hard acceleration.
It goes without saying that a hand-built, V12-powered 2.8-ton SUV is going to cost a lot to buy and maintain; Owners will be well aware of the level of investment required to put a Cullinan in their driveway and keep it there.
The Cullinan’s 19 mph isn’t that terrible, though: a long-wheelbase Range Rover P565 gets 19 mph. However, the Cullinan’s CO2 emissions are considerable at 341g/km, which is about 43g/km more than the aforementioned Range Rover. Do not forget that the Rolls-Royce is a heavy car with a large gasoline engine.
An eight-speed automatic transmission continues to handle gear changes and directs power to the standard all-wheel drive system. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s effortlessly smooth, thanks in part to its clever GPS-assisted technology.
The spacious cabin is trimmed in box-grain leather, lambswool carpeting, handsome wood trim, and milled-aluminum accents. If you want an even higher level of luxury, Rolls-Royce can customize almost every part of the Cullinan’s already lavish interior with whatever delights you can imagine.
The only flaws in this otherwise run-down space are the fully digital instrument cluster, which lacks the elegance of an analog setup, and the stock rear seats, as inflexible as a garden bench.
All Cullinans feature a large touchscreen infotainment system with a redundant remote in the center console. Apple CarPlay is also included on all models.
The Rear Seat Entertainment option adds a 12.0-inch screen to the back of each front seat. It includes a Wi-Fi access point and the sound system is made up of 18 speakers.
The Cullinan is packed with some very clever tech, but in typical Rolls-Royce fashion, it’s all subtly implemented: there are relatively few buttons on the dashboard and center console compared to other high-end SUVs.
The tech list includes a 360-degree parking camera, a head-up display, night vision and Wi-Fi on board, along with a large BMW-sourced infotainment screen that can be hidden behind a flap when not in use. The digital dials, housed in elegant bezels, feature traditional Rolls typography, while the central display can be hidden behind a wooden door when not in use.
Each of these details serves to keep the traditional Rolls feel intact despite the high-tech nature of the Cullinan.