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Meet the world’s fastest SUV

PROS

  • Supercar-baiting performance for an SUV
  • Should be fun to drive
  • Audi build quality, tech and features

CONS

  • Expensive to buy at £165k
  • Outrageous styling may deter some
  • Is it special enough to warrant the premium?

Verdict

The Urus is the fastest SUV available. and one of the most expensive - it's ideal for extroverts...

It’s a sign of the times when Lamborghini, a purveyor of brutal top-end supercars, follows Porsche’s lead and wades in to the high-performance SUV market.

The new Lamborghini Urus is the model that enters uncharted water for the Italian maker. This is no ordinary SUV: it’s the first turbocharged production car in the company’s history; it’s the fastest off-roader in the world; and you’ll probably turn more heads in this than any rival such as the Bentley Bentayga, BMW X6 or Porsche Cayenne.

Applying the rakish looks and ostentatious detailing of a Lamborghini to a mud-plugger is a moot point. You’ll either get it, or not. And whether the Urus is on your shopping list in the first place may depend on the state of your bank balance, as well as your taste account.

Lamborghini Urus UK prices, on-sale date

The new sporty SUV was revealed to the world in early December 2017 ahead of a planned UK showroom launch in late summer 2018. We’d bank on being able to buy the new Lamborghini Urus in time for the 68 registration next autumn.

Only one model will be available at launch: the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol model, and it is expected to cost around £165,000 in the UK. That makes it around £10k more expensive than the cheapest Huracan sports car.

In time, hybrid petrol-electric models and further derivatives are likely to stretch the range into further niches and price points, although we do not anticipate a diesel Lamborghini joining the line-up like with the Bentayga.

Specs, performance credentials

The lofty price of the sole launch model is justified by the extraordinary performance of the Urus. The 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo is familiar from the Audi and Bentley branch of the Volkswagen empire, and here it develops a muscular 650hp.

Combined with a startling 850Nm of pulling power, claimed top speed is 189mph while the 0-62mph benchmark sprint takes a scant 3.6 seconds. Yes, this thing is quicker than many supercars…

Lamborghini claims the Urus will handle unlike any other SUV, too: air suspension is used to mop up the worst road scars and tailor the ride height for tarmac-hugging sportiness or tip-toe ground clearance for light off-roading duties. And a whole host of electronics is used to mete out drive to all four wheels for the optimum traction, no matter what the weather or road surface underfoot.

How practical is the Urus?

This is a big car, stretching the tape measure to more than five metres in length. So there is plenty of space in both rows of seats (this is a four- or five-seater only; there is no third row of seats available).

The boot is a good size, at 616 litres’ capacity. Furthermore, owners can split the rear seats 40:20:40 - all the better for carrying uneven-length loads - and reversible carpets will let you protect the smart boot lining from the worst gunk your wellington boots or dog can trample in.

One of our favourite practicality features is the adjustable boot height: press a button in the loadbay, and the air suspension raises or lowers the back of the car to make it easier to lug pets or luggage in and out.

Lamborghini Urus review

We have driven a prototype of the new Lambo SUV but have yet to drive the finished production car, so it’s too early for us to rate all aspects of Urus ownership.

Come back for the full Parkers Lamborghini Urus review in spring 2018, as we test it fully before its showroom launch.

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