Lamborghini Urus review: We test the super SUV on UK roads

Lamborghini now sells an SUV.

That’s right, the iconic brand that once brought us bonkers low-slung models like the Countach, Diablo and Murciélago has joined the ranks of Bentley, Maserati, Rolls-Royce – and soon Aston Martin and Ferrari – by backhanding its sports car heritage with the release of a five-door family 4X4.

Called the Urus, it’s the first time Lamborghini has considered boot capacity, rear legroom and three-point turns to be equally important as cornering downforce, zero to 62mph times and top speeds eclipsing 200mph.

Does this mean the famed Italian supercar maker has lost the essence of what a Lamborghini is – or at least what we think it should be? I had a chance to get behind the wheel of one of the first right-hand drive examples in the UK to find out…

Urus in the UK: Lamborghini officially released the new SUV almost a year ago, but it's taken until now for the first right-hand-drive models to arrive here. And we've driven one... The LM002 was the original Lamborghini 'passenger' 4X4, though it was a totally different prospect to the new Urus Many aren't overwhelmed that Lamborghini now sells an enormous SUV that weighs the same as two Ford Fiestas The Urus shares a platform and many parts with this - the Audi Q7 SUV. Looking at the pair, it's hard to believe the two models are mechanically related at all Under the bonnet is Lamborghini's first turbocharged V8. The 4.0-litre unit produces 641bhp and 627lb ft of torque. Like most engines today it is hidden beneath a cover, however. Measuring in at over 5.1 metres, the Lamborghini Urus is 30cm longer than the average UK parking space Our car came specced with the optional four-seat layout with fully-adjustable chairs. As you can see, there's plenty of rear legroom (as there should be considering the size of the car) The boot can hold up to 616 litres of luggage - ideal for Ikea trips We were blown away by how well the Urus handles, despite its hefty weight and raised cabin. No matter how hard you corner, there's no sense of body roll or the car leaning to one side The Urus has an integrated front differential, central differential and active torque vecturing rear differential. Translated into English, that means it can decide exactly how much power needs to be delivered to which wheels to get best traction We conducted a mini test on a muddy track to barely test the offroading abilities of the Urus. Not that many will see anything other than tarmac anyway Prices start at £157,800 for a 'standard' Urus. However, the price will sky rocket once you add options. Ours, with bigger 23-inch wheels, the four-seat configuration, a head-up display, upgraded sound system and TVs in the back cost £208,000 The styling won't be to all tastes, though it does grow on you after a while. However, the Urus certainly looks less Lamborghini like from the rear  The Urus does have a menacing look about it. No other car I've driven this year has commanded so many gazes from onlookers How big is the Urus? Here it is eclipsing one of the Hull family members' Toyota MR2. The size difference is startling Is the Urus a proper Lamborghini? Now I know its capabilities on the road, I'd argue it's the most mental Lambo we've seen for some time It definitely isn't economical. On a mix of roads, including driving in the city, on motorways and Lincolnshire's best routes, it returned 21mpg. Although, that's not bad for a Lamborghini Get off my patch: This dog doesn't seem as impressed with the Lamborghini Urus as I was... Get off my patch: This dog doesn't seem as impressed with the Lamborghini Urus as I was...

Get off my patch: This dog doesn’t seem as impressed with the Lamborghini Urus as I was…

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