At the pinnacle of automotive luxury is one brand: Rolls-Royce. It’s as prestigious as brands get, thanks to a history of producing some of the most opulent vehicles ever to take to the road. In order to satisfy the demand for even larger cars, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the company’s first SUV. As such, it has the kind of presence and interior refinement we’ve come to expect.
In typical Rolls-Royce fashion, the Cullinan sets itself apart from very few rivals with the signature look and rear-hinged rear passenger doors that lend itself to being more of a chauffeur-driven vehicle than owner-driven. The rear accommodations also support this notion, with a long list of options to pamper those fortunate passengers. If there’s something that isn’t included on that list, there’s a very good chance the factory will create it for you — at substantial cost, of course.
The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a premium luxury SUV with seating for five. Under the bonnet (yes, we said bonnet) is a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 (571 horsepower, 626 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels.
In addition to typical luxury vehicle features, the Cullinan comes standard with your choice of 21- or 22-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, heated mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats with massage functions, a heated second-row bench, a leather headliner, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a wireless charging pad, a navigation system and an 18-speaker audio system.
Of course, nobody would dare buy a “standard” Cullinan. A proper Rolls-Royce should be customized to fit its owner’s needs perfectly, and there is no shortage of options. These include a variety of coachline styles (that’s pinstriping, if you want to be gauche) with your personalized emblem and a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament in solid silver, gold plated, illuminated frosted glass or uplit. You can also get the signature grille in a satin finish.
The second-row bench can be substituted for the Immersive Seating option (those are captain’s chairs — again, don’t be gauche) that replaces the center position with a fixed center console and includes ventilation, massage functions, and a glass partition behind the rear headrests. To that, you can add headrest cushions.
The optional Launch package includes the uplit Spirit of Ecstasy, a rear entertainment system, Rolls-Royce monogrammed headrests, seat piping, contrast stitching, picnic tables, lambswool floor mats, a Bespoke Audio system, adaptive cruise control, night vision and an automated parking system. Most of these items are available à la carte, as are two different clock choices, viewing seats (motorized tailgate seats) and integrated umbrellas. There are also recreation modules that fit perfectly in the cargo area and can be customized to suit any particular activity.
Forward collision warning/mitigation, a head-up display, a driver attention monitor, and lane departure warning are available, but isn’t that why you pay your chauffeur?
As a Rolls-Royce, there is a seemingly endless list of paint “colours” (yes, that’s “color” with a “u” — how classy), interior wood veneers, upholstery materials and stitching options. For the full effect and a truly bespoke experience, you can specify unique treatments that fit your tastes.