The 2020 Lamborghini Urus is a good car, although lacking in some aspects, it manages to give its competitors a run for their money. Its performance and Interior make it a mouth watering SSUV but its price and Fuel economy, undermines its superiority.
The Urus is the result of Lamborghini’s meddling in the SUV category and boy, they are really hitting the mark although missing it in some places. The vehicle has amazing ground clearance, and equally superb looks. But the rate at which it consumes gas is something some people may not be able to afford.
This is not Lamborghini’s first attempt at SUV, with the LM002 launched in 1986 being the first.
But the LM002 was not as successful, and only a few hundred were made, before it was stopped back in 1996.
Little wonder it has been forgotten lately.
All these were back in the 20th century, times have changed now, and SUVs are now a big deal in the Auto market, Of course Lamborghini noticed and voila!. The Urus: an outlandish, well-designed Super Sport Utility Vehicle, with enough practicality to be driven as an everyday car, and enough power to go off road
Although, critics have correctly noted how expensive the Urus is in comparison to the Audi RS Q8, despite the fact that they share similar qualities.
A cursory look at the Urus 21″ alloy wheels remind us that this is not just any SUV. These wheels come with a standard air suspension that makes the ride comfy.
Though the Urus is not too comfortable with rough roads, this doesn’t mean it is explicitly uncomfortable.
The Urus is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine in combination with a twin-turbo setup. It also comes complete with an 8 speed automatic transmission, that completes the drivetrain producing a mind boggling 641 HP at 6,600 RPM and 627 lb-ft of torque at 2,250 RPM.
The powertrain is capable of pushing this monster SUV to about 190 miles per hour! This figure becomes even more fascinating once you take into account the size and weight of the vehicle (2.2 tonnes).
These numbers are usually associated with Sports cars and not SUVs. Though the maker has rightly called it an SSUV (Super Sports Utility Vehicle). Take this car to the racetrack and mash in the Corsa setting and you’ll feel like you’re in a racecar with five doors.
Take it offroad and it offers a plethora of modes for different terrains, these modes lift the air suspension, giving you more ground clearance. It can handle slippery surfaces but it’s not as capable as its Land Rover counterpart; The Range Rover SV Autobiography
Exterior and Safety.
The Urus is a beauty to behold, its exteriors are well crafted to give it an appealing look, not just because of the Lambo crest on it. In fact what I find most appealing is its Y-shaped LED daytime running lights. Similar to ones from more traditional Lamborghini models such as the Huracan.
The 21″ alloy wheel is another huge plus for the Urus, giving it a sporty look. Huge thanks to the angular wheel arch.
There are four quad mortar pipes that stick out from the rear, two on each side of the aerodynamic rear splitter, with the Lamborghini name boldly emblazoned across the rear between the LED taillight clusters.
Lamborghini may have advertised this as a practical vehivle, but the exterior design undermines its subtlety.
The Urus features a wide variety of safety features including anti lock brakes that detects when a tire has stopped rotating while braking and modulates the brake pressure, allowing the tire to rotate.
It also features stability control which automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.
Interior and Infotainment
Its interior is top notch, featuring quality interior materials like alcantra, leather, wood and even carbon fiber.
The Lamborghini Urus has a very spacey interior and its plush cabin is good enough to compete with industry rivals like the Bentayga and Maybach.
When the bench seat at the back is lowered, It can be converted to a five seater. The Urus roofline is bit sloped though. Despite that the back is still comfortable.
Around you is a high-tech interior with all the quality you get from an Audi, adapted to a Lambo. The air vents are hexagons adding a stylish look to the genral interior. The main switchgear, especially the starter button are under a flip cover including the gear selector. Which are all designed to feel chunky and industrial, as is the Anima lever that lets you toggle through your driving modes.
The Urus features vast tech features, similar to Audi’s MMI infotainment system. The central console features twi screnns that let you control almost everything in the car including climate control. These screen s have sharp graphics and high resolution.
The Urus infotainment system takes it ahead of the competition, beating the Bentayga and the Q7.
The Upper screen is the hub for your navigation complete with google maps, infotainment, your telephone and car settings.
The lower screen is the control center for settings such as climate control, heated seats and a virtual writing pad. The writing pad comes in handy if you’d rather scribble your destination in rather than scrolling and clicking.
Her’s a brief list of some of its features:
- 1,700-watt, 21-speaker Bang & Olufsen Ultra Premium Audio System
- Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
- A 3D view camera
- Traffic Management
- Bluetooth and Google maps Navigation
- AM/FM/DAB Radio services
- Multi-source rear audio controls
Summary and Specs
In all the Urus is a good car. It builds upon the Lamborghini legacy and produces an SUV that is worth the money. It scores very well in Performance, ground clearnce, interior and cargo space.
But it fails to excel in fuel economy, and it is available in only one trim. The latter is made up for with the numerous upgrades available
|Drivetrain||All wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Transmission||8 Speed automatic|
|Power||641 Horse power @6600 rpm|
|0-60 MPH (sec)||3.6|
|Top speed (MPH)||190|
|Engine||4.0L Twin turbo V8|
|Safety||Heads up display|
|Wheels||21″ -23″ alloy wheels|