Lamborghini Urus

At the Heart of the Lamborghini Urus is a twin turbocharged V8 engine displacing 4.0L and making 641 horsepower. This engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to all-four wheels offering the best power-to-weight ratio in the SUV segment. Braking is handled by enormous carbon ceramic disc brakes front and rear, allowing the big SUV to stop in sports car-like distances. Acceleration as expected, is incredibly rapid, with 0-60 mph achievable in well under 4 seconds, while Lamborghini claims that the Urus is capable of travelling 190 mph flat out. And while those all sound like supercar numbers, the Urus also has several different off road modes, along with air springs at all four corners that can raise the ride height of the vehicle for traversing tricky terrain.

Lamborghini doesn't really offer different trim levels on the Urus, instead giving buyers a plethora of options to customize their Urus exactly as they want it. This feeling of customization carries over into the driving experience through Lamborghini's drive mode selector, which features no fewer than three on road settings and three off road settings, as well as a personalization setting that allows drivers to mix and match various drive modes. A few of these featured modes include Sport, Strada and the firmest setting Corsa. This Corsa setting is best for track or your smoothest continental roads. You will also find the Urus equipped with four-wheel steering, increasing its agility, stability and reduces the turning circle at low speeds.

Some of the plentiful options available to style the Urus include a choice of four different wheel types, ranging in size from the standard 21-inches all the way up to 23-inches, brake calipers that can be painted one of six different colors, a panoramic sunroof, carbon fiber body pieces around the bottom of the car, or over the fenders and exhaust tips that can be ordered in bright chrome, satin chrome or matte black.

Inside buyers are presented with a ton of upholstery options. Single or multicolor leather seats can be ordered in a variety of hues with contrasting stitching if so desired, while a more luxurious "Elegante Leather" option also exists with its own color palette. Of course, some buyers prefer something a little less slipper for serious track work, so the single or multi-color options can also be ordered with Alcantara rather than leather to provide a little more grip.

The choice of materials continues to the steering wheel which can be ordered with suede, perforated leather or just plain leather as well. The dashboard and surrounding area can be trimmed in either carbon fiber or wood, with several options there as well including an extremely handsome stained black wood option.

Electronic interior feature packages are similarly exotic, with an available night vision package to aid night driving using an infrared camera that displays its output next to the speedometer. A hands free tailgate can be opened by kicking a foot under the rear bumper, while a heads up display projects vital information such as speed and RPM on the windshield. A Bang & Olufson premium audio system and rear entertainment package highlight this already tech packed vehicle.

Standard advanced driver assistance technology include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation and rear-cross traffic alert as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

Editors' Review

I have no shame in admitting that I'm a big fan of super sporty SUVs. I love the dichotomy created by taking a practicality focused body style that's traditionally meant for off-roading and giving it wild on-road performance, especially when the SUV in question is coming from a brand that's typically known for making sports cars. So I was obviously stoked when Lamborghini launched the Urus crossover in 2017, its first mainstream four-door ever. After spending a few days with a Urus, there's no doubt in my mind that it's a fantastic SUV. I just wish it were more exciting.

Updates to the Urus for 2021 are fairly minor. There are more shades in the color palette, and there's a special Pearl Capsule Collection edition that features super-bright hues inside and out. The Urus also comes standard with previously optional driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a head-up display, and the available parking assist package has been upgraded to include automatic parallel and perpendicular parking systems. There's a new key design, too.

I love how the Urus looks -- which is a controversial take among my colleagues. It's not necessarily pretty or attractive, but neither are so many of my favorite Lambos. I think the Urus' styling looks better the more absurd the spec -- in silver or black, it blends in too well with other crossovers -- so luckily my tester is finished in a searing shade of pearlescent Verde Mantis paint.

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The Good ~Extroverted styling ~Fantastic V8 engine ~Good in-car tech

The Bad ~Too sedate to drive ~Boring interior design ~Way more expensive than the competition

The Bottom Line While the Urus may look awesome, it's not exciting enough to drive.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 9

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