2021 Lamborghini Urus review: Not outrageous enough

Victoria D. Doty

This Urus stands out no issue the circumstance.


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I have no disgrace in admitting that I am a significant enthusiast of super sporty SUVs. I adore the dichotomy developed by having a practicality focused entire body type which is typically intended for off-roading and providing it wild on-highway overall performance, in particular when the SUV in query is coming from a brand which is normally known for earning sports activities cars and trucks. So I was certainly stoked when Lamborghini launched the Urus crossover in 2017, its very first mainstream 4-door ever. Following paying a couple of days with a Urus, you will find no question in my mind that it is a great SUV. I just desire it had been additional thrilling.

Like

  • Extroverted styling
  • Excellent V8 engine
  • Good in-vehicle tech

Really don’t Like

  • Too sedate to generate
  • Uninteresting inside style and design
  • Way additional high priced than the competition

Updates to the Urus for 2021 are quite insignificant. There are additional shades in the shade palette, and you will find a distinctive Pearl Capsule Collection edition that options super-dazzling hues inside of and out. The Urus also comes conventional with earlier optional driver-guide options like adaptive cruise regulate, blind-spot checking and a head-up screen, and the accessible parking guide bundle has been upgraded to include automatic parallel and perpendicular parking techniques. You will find a new vital style and design, way too.

I adore how the Urus appears to be like — which is a controversial just take between my colleagues. It really is not necessarily fairly or interesting, but neither are so a lot of of my preferred Lambos. I feel the Urus’ styling appears to be like improved the additional absurd the spec — in silver or black, it blends in way too very well with other crossovers — so luckily for us my tester is completed in a searing shade of pearlescent Verde Mantis paint.

Incorporating to the visual effects, my Urus exam vehicle has $73,747 in alternatives, pretty much all of which are entirely cosmetic updates. That inexperienced paint costs $nine,344, and it is obtained a $3,157 security movie. The carbon-fiber end on the reduced elements of the bumpers and facet skirts is $fourteen,326, but that bundle doesn’t include the carbon wheel arches, which are $six,692, or the carbon rear spoiler, which is $1,478. The gloss-black 23-inch wheels price $5,358, though the matching inexperienced brake calipers are $1,262. Rounding out the visual alternatives are $884 matte black exhaust suggestions and a $2,848 panoramic sunroof.

This Urus has massive 23-inch wheels and plenty of carbon trim.


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This Urus’ inside isn’t virtually as extroverted as the exterior, with black leather covering pretty much each individual area. Aside from some style and design prospers like plenty of hexagonal shapes and angular trim parts, the Urus’ inside appears to be like fairly uninteresting, but anything is significant top quality and all the touchpoints sense awesome. You will find $2,103 well worth of matching lime inexperienced stitching and embroidered headrests, nevertheless, as very well as $six,a hundred in carbon-fiber trim and kickplates. This Urus also has the $3,157 comfort entrance seat alternative that provides eighteen-way adjustments and air flow and therapeutic massage capabilities, as very well as a bangin’ $six,313 3D sound technique.

The Urus employs a reskinned model of Audi’s terrific dual-display MMI technique and a model of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, but the super peculiar central equipment selector and the two generate-method toggles flanking it are all Lambo. Visibility is a good deal improved than I was expecting regardless of the Urus’ trim greenhouse, and you will find a excellent sum of back seat home. This Urus has the $3,788 4-seat configuration, which provides a preset rear centre console and presents the rear seats eight-way electrical adjustment, but the seat backs can nonetheless be folded down.

The Urus’ inside appears to be like a little way too typical for my taste.


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My greatest issue with the Urus is that it doesn’t sense thrilling ample to generate. Really don’t get me mistaken, the Urus is great when you get it on a excellent highway. It really is powered by a twin-turbo 4.-liter V8 engine putting out 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, a motor shared with other Volkswagen Team products. It really is absurdly quick, with Lamborghini quoting a 3.six-second -to-sixty-mph time, and the eight-pace automatic transmission rips off quick shifts. It really is super planted in corners with tons of grip from those 23-inch Pirelli P Zero tires, and the torque-vectoring all-wheel-generate technique and rear-axle steering make it sense additional nimble than its virtually 5,000-pound body weight would propose. The massive seventeen-inch brake rotors give superb halting ability, way too.

All around city or on the freeway is a distinctive tale, nevertheless. In the calmest Strada generate method the Urus is at ease and tranquil — you have no notion how much ability is at your disposal. Activity method normally takes matters up a couple notches, but the engine response and exhaust observe are nonetheless a little way too calm for what I want from a vehicle with a raging bull on the hood.

A person of the Urus’ greatest troubles lies in these exhaust suggestions.


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In Corsa method the exhaust seriously wakes up, receiving loud and rowdy with continuous pops, bangs and crackles when I change or enable off the gas. But the jerkiness and significant-strung character of the engine and transmission in Corsa tends to make the Urus pretty much undriveable and aggravating if you usually are not going quick. With the Moi swap you can create a personalized generate method setup, individually toggling by the configurations for the drivetrain, steering and suspension. But simply because the exhaust sound is tied to the generate method — you will find no swap to make it loud or tranquil individual of method — remaining in Corsa is the only way to make the Urus sound its finest. What the Urus requirements is a improved center ground: A sporty generate method that appears great and feels dramatic without remaining way too much for the street.

The 2021 Urus begins at $222,004 (including a $3,995 location cost), and my exam vehicle rings in at $295,751. That’s a whole good deal pricier than the $179,986 Aston Martin DBX, which I feel is additional distinctive to generate though seeking just as unique. Then you will find the Audi RS Q8 with which the Urus shares its powertrain, chassis and much of its tech and overall performance options. At $one hundred fifteen,595 the Audi is additional than $100K cheaper than the Lamborghini, and it is just as excellent to generate.

You will find excellent news on the horizon, nevertheless. Lamborghini is working on a facelift for the Urus, which could be called the Urus Evo and pack even additional ability and increased dynamics, and you will find also a plug-in hybrid model on the way. Here is hoping these new variants inject a little additional absurdity into this amazingly sedate SUV.

The Urus just isn’t as thrilling as it should be.


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