It’s not the first thing you notice, but when you drive the 2021 Lamborghini Urus around town, you smile a lot. You smile at how ridiculous the drive feels, and the ridiculousness of the same, but mostly you find yourself greeting strangers with a conscious smile.
The Urus is the Italian supercar maker’s answer to our culture’s unwavering demand for SUVs. With room for five people and plenty of cargo space, it’s definitely the most useful Lambo offers. But despite its “practicality,” the Urus still has the fiery spirit and personality of a supercar that will give your facial muscles a great workout every time you drive around.
The four-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to get the Urus from 0 to 60 mph in just over three seconds, and lock up the driver in about six seconds. Of course, when you put your foot on the ground, the engine screams. But at low rpm, the V8 is snarling, seemingly wondering why it shouldn’t be given more gas.
The eight-speed automatic shifts gears quickly and efficiently, and most drivers won’t want to use manual paddle shifters much, even though we did. With corners and twisting roads, the Urus feels poised and easy to control, especially in the stiffer, more responsive “Sport” and “Corsa” driving modes.
In the quieter “Strada” mode, the air suspension loosens up and makes it a comfortable everyday driver. For the grocery lover though, it’s a bit thirsty, with an estimated fuel economy of 12 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. It’s a lambo after all.
The interior of the Urus is styled with more than a few luxes. Heated bucket seats with the option to add ventilation and massage in the front make for a plush ride when you’re not carving in corners. The digital instrument cluster provides the driver with a wealth of information that changes with the driving situation. Two other touch screens control the infotainment system and vehicle settings respectively.
Overall, most of the driver entries in the Urus are easy and intuitive, but we did find some pretty weird. The red flip cap above the start and stop button is annoyingly meaningless, as is having to navigate all the way through the drive modes to engage the previous one. Another slight nitpick, the window switches are the same as those used on current Volkswagen and Audi lineups, which seems like an easy upgrade in a car that costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars. But it’s possible that most Lambo owners haven’t been inside a common Volkswagen, so they probably won’t even notice.
At the back
Buyers can configure the interior for either five or four seats only, which is certainly more comfortable for adult passengers. For those who need to do some hauling, the Urus offers 22 cubic feet of space in five passengers and 20 with four seats — more than enough for a week’s worth of luggage or a few sets of putters.
The aesthetic can be a little polarizing, but the Urus is unlike anything else on the road. The loud, glowing sound is Lamborghini’s hallmark and the design takes Lambo’s iconic lines and translates them into a look that fits the overall package. It’s not just the Huracan with the lift kit. It is a sophisticated interpretation and a work of art in itself.
Lambo to the core
The Urus is an eye-catching, exhilarating, amazing and extremely fast supercar. It’s also one of the best SUVs on the road – checking all the boxes anyone in the market for a Lambo could want. Is it bragging? definitely! This is another checkbox. Being over the top is hidden in Lamborghini’s DNA and the reason they put a smile on the face of even the most casual car enthusiast.
[From $218,009, lamborghini.com]
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