- Up to four passengers can share supercar experience with driver
- Immense acceleration and supremely enjoyable handling
- Luxurious commuter with high-quality interior materials
- Getting unending thumbs-up on the road
Ever wondered what it'd be like to fit four people into Lamborghini's Huracan? The 2020 Lamborghini Urus is a spectacular 641-horsepower solution. The Urus provides the acceleration and handling you'd expect from Huracan but with ample cargo space and seating for four or even five. It's automotive entertainment for the whole family.
Of course, the Urus can't quite match the low-slung feel of the Huracan sports car. But in return it's a lot more relaxing to drive daily. As Lamborghini's second-ever SUV (following the legendary LM002), the Urus is just as comfortable cruising on the road as it is consuming it at blinding speed. Part of the credit goes to the fact that the Urus shares most of its underlying structure, engine and electronics with similarly luxurious Audi, Bentley and Porsche models.
The Urus is part of a group of hyperexpensive and hypercapable SUVs that include the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga, Mercedes-Maybach GLS and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. How does it fit in? Well, it's certainly the loudest-looking and most fun to drive. Just keep fuel economy expectations in check. The EPA rates this Lamborghini at 14 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
It's easy to be skeptical of the Urus, with its overstated design and mechanical relation to the Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne. But this super SUV backs up its flamboyance with stunning performance and luxury. It merges an unabashedly Lamborghini driving experience — including thumbs up from onlookers — with advanced, problem-free technology that you don't usually get with a small-volume automaker. Brash and fast, or quiet and refined, at the driver's whim, the Urus is the ultimate performance SUV.
How does the Urus drive?
You'd expect staggeringly quick acceleration and riotous, high-limit handling from a Lamborghini, and the Urus does not disappoint. At our test track it posted numbers that fall in line with some of the quickest vehicles we've ever tested. We measured a 3.3-second sprint to 60 mph, a 11.4-second quarter-mile pass and 1.03 lateral g average on our skidpad.
Also impressive is that the Urus can generate these extreme performance figures without hurting its day-to-day drivability. The steering is accurate and properly weighted, and the engine doles out the power right when you want it. The sole annoyance we noticed during our evaluation was the noisy and clunky antilock braking during our 60-0 mph test. We'd expect more refinement in a vehicle like this.
How comfortable is the Urus?
It's remarkable that the Urus makes no perceptible compromises to comfort. The front seats are exemplary in their pampering with heating, ventilation and massage functions. The optional rear captain's chairs ensure adequate lateral support for the entire family too. Climate functions are likewise quiet and powerful.
The cabin is quiet in the standard drive modes. But select the Sport or Corsa mode, and the sound of the engine and exhaust makes a welcome appearance. Aside from the occasional thunk over bumpy surfaces (likely exacerbated by the 22-inch wheels on our test car), the ride is flat and composed in the standard drive mode.
How’s the interior?
Getting in is easy thanks to the relatively generous door openings and friendly ride height in this streamlined SUV. Wheel and seat adjustment ranges should suit occupants of most sizes, and those on the larger side of the spectrum will find no shortage of interior space. Large mirrors and generous windows make exterior visibility mostly a nonissue.
The central entertainment screen is split in two — the upper screen controls the majority of features (navigation and audio, for example) and the bottom is for the climate controls. The touch-sensitive parts of the displays are generally large, making them easier to adjust when driving. Similarly, the large and chunky reverse and drive mode levers are satisfying.
How’s the tech?
Each of the Urus' three primary displays present clear and easy-to-read graphics. The voice controls respond to natural language and support your phone when using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Connectivity includes four USB ports total (although no USB-C), wireless charging and four 12-volt outlets. The clarity and presence from the optional 21-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo make it a worthy upgrade.
As for driver's aids, the proximity sensors proved a touch sensitive at first, but you can adjust their intensity. Extensive exterior cameras help reduce the chance of curbing a wheel or a bumper, and the adaptive cruise control reacts smoothly and effectively.
How’s the storage?
It's adequate for an SUV of this size and sporty intent. In a nice touch, you can raise and lower the rear suspension from the cargo area, but the optional second-row captain's chairs don't fold down and consequently limit cargo-area flexibility. We fit a reverse-facing car seat without issue and minimal impact to front seat comfort.
The front and rear seating areas each offer two cupholders, and the front and rear door pockets can easily hold large water bottles. While front occupants don't have a large storage area under the armrest, there's a pocket behind the center console that can accommodate a small handbag.
How economical is the Urus?
The Urus get an EPA-estimated 14 mpg combined (12 city/17 highway). While that seems low, it's pretty typical for SUVs that offer 600 to 700 horsepower.
Is the Urus a good value?
Most in this small group of SUVs that cost a quarter of a million prioritize luxury, and the Urus is currently the only one that also delivers a supercar-like experience. Like the others, the Urus offers an exceptional array of exterior and interior customization choices, and the resulting interior materials, from leather to fabrics, are gorgeous. (What's also noteworthy is that its closest competitor in terms of price, the Bentley Bentayga, uses the same underlying structure and electronics as the Urus.)
The bumper-to-bumper warranty of three years/unlimited miles is somewhat lacking compared to competitors. Maintenance is included during that warranty period as well. A small interior trim piece did fall off the inner door handle on our test car.
You have certain expectations when you're buying or experiencing a Lamborghini, and the Urus handily delivers with bold styling and a range of bright color options. That character remains consistent throughout the interior too (as long as you ignore the Audi-sourced switchgear).
But the Urus' true success is a driving experience that is far more engaging and delightful than it needs to be. This is a shockingly good vehicle to drive quickly on a mountain road, and its unending thrust and barking exhaust provide endless entertainment for the driver and all occupants.
Like other Lamborghini models, the Urus does not have traditional trim levels. Instead, buyers can choose from a plethora of tailor-made options. Regardless of those options, each Urus starts with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Other standard features include:
NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Lamborghini Urus, but since the 2020 Lamborghini Urus is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
2020 Lamborghini Urus
2020 Bentley Bentayga
These two SUVs have similar engines and electronics and deliver unmatched on-road refinement. But from there they diverge. Lambo raises your expectations for performance, while Bentley prioritizes personalization. Exclusive options on the Bentayga range from a hybrid drivetrain to a Breitling timepiece whose mother-of-pearl face sports eight diamonds.
At nearly half the price, you can think of the RS Q8 as a budget-friendlier and more subtle Urus alternate. Like the Bentayga, the Audi shares its engine, underlying structure and electronics with the high-performance Lamborghini, though it doesn't reap the same performance. Its turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 produces a paltry 591 horsepower to the Urus' 641 hp.
The Lamborghini shamelessly broadcasts its thoroughbred performance much the way Rolls-Royce flaunts the prestige and exclusivity that come with the power-retracting Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. Other Cullinan perks include nearly limitless customization and the signature 6.75-liter V12 engine. It's exactly what you'd expect at effectively double the starting price of the Lamborghini.
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lamborghini Urus:
The least-expensive 2020 Lamborghini Urus is the 2020 Lamborghini Urus 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $207,326.
Other versions include: