The Urus’ big challenge is to match the need for family-friendly comfort with the banshee insanity that Lamborghinis are renowned for. Thankfully, it does an excellent job. A mode selector in the centre console – called Anima (or Soul in Italian) – lets you flick between various different characters for your car. As standard, the car is in Strada (street) mode, and that gives you an impressively smooth and comfortable ride. It still feels taut and primed for action, but it’ll massage away the worst that a B-road can throw at you. Move the Anima lever into Sport or Corsa (race) mode, and things stiffen up and drop down on the air suspension. We haven’t had a chance to really throw the Urus around on a track, but based on our experience at a fairly rapid pace on the road, it’s very composed and confident through the bends. The steering could use a little more feedback to the fingertips but it’s well weighted and rewards the driver when you push on.
The Urus will also cope with off-road terrain, albeit not to the extent of some of its rivals. Where the likes of the Porsche Cayenne
and Bentayga, and indeed the ">Range Rover
, have some serious rock-clambering technologies, the Urus is more targeted at mud or gravel roads, and has Sabbia (sand) and Neve (snow) modes as well. It’s easily capable enough to cope with claggy fields or farm tracks, and it’ll do so at pace, but it’s not a full-on off-roader.