Want to buy a Lamborghini but need space for people and things? Check out the Urus. Lamborghini's newest SUV offers Italian supercar style and performance, plus everyday comfort and practicality. The Urus was introduced for 2019 and has gone on to become the brand's best-selling vehicle. That's not much of a surprise—few other vehicles combine daily usability with exotic thrills like the Urus does.
Is the Urus a real Lamborghini? Looking through its spec sheet you'll notice more than a few similarities with Audis, Porsches, and other Volkswagen Group products. As soon as you drive the Urus, though, you'll know for sure: It's a real-deal raging bull.
Blistering acceleration, physics-defying handling, and track-ready capability are Lamborghini hallmarks, and the Urus has them. It's riotously entertaining on the road and can lay down seriously impressive lap times. Plus there's the styling, which looks as aggressively, ridiculously Lamborghini as any other vehicle from the Italian brand.
At the same time the Urus functions well as an SUV. It's spacious and practical, with tech and luxury features that make it a nice daily driver. Even off smooth pavement, it's capable, versatile, and lots of fun. With all this performance and panache, we say the Urus is indeed a real Lamborghini—and an excellent one at that.
The Urus packs a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD, the same setup used in several performance cars in the Volkswagen Group. In the Urus' case, the drivetrain is rumored to have been tuned by Porsche Motorsport for an extra-racy feel. The result? A mighty 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. For reference, the Huracán Evo makes 630 hp and 443 lb-ft from its 5.2-liter V-10. The Urus is nearly as quick as the Huracán, too, launching to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat—making it the quickest SUV MotorTrend has ever tested. It races through the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 120.1 mph and, according to Lamborghini, maxes out at around 190 mph.
Unsurprisingly, the Urus' awesome performance comes with abysmal fuel economy. The EPA rates it at 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Even with its gas tank able to glug down about 22.5 gallons, the Urus will cover less than 400 miles between fill-ups—assuming no heavy-throttle shenanigans.
The Lamborghini Urus can seat four or five passengers depending on the configuration. As standard there are two deeply bolstered sport bucket seats in its front row, and a three-across bench seat in its second row. In the four-seat setup, dual second-row bucket seats are added. Those seats are heated and power adjustable, with an armrest in between taking the place of the middle seat. We've found the Urus' interior to be surprisingly spacious, unlike what its rakish exterior might suggest. You'll find about 22.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row upright, or over 56.0 cubic feet when they're folded. Finally, the dream of a daily-drivable Lambo has come true.
Like many Lamborghinis, the Urus is equipped with standard AWD. Unlike its (mostly) road-focused counterparts, however, the Urus is designed to take on mixed terrain. On the left of the shifter is a lever labeled Anima, which flips to switch between six driving modes. Three—Strada, Sport, and Corsa—are of increasing intensity for paved driving. Moving down the Anima order goes through Sabbia, for sand, Terra, for gravel roads, and Neve, for snowy winter conditions. Ride height and powertrain calibration change depending on the mode, but the result is consistent: The Urus is a thrilling performer, on pavement or off.
For even greater capability there's an off-road package for the Urus, which increases ride height from 8.4 to 9.8 inches, and adds protective underbody skidplates. Still, it might not be able to match the rock-crawling capability of the LM002.