Lamborghini Urus vs Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Prestige Against Power

The Lamborghini Urus and the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat are two of the least compatible cars for any comparison. Their similarities are few and far between, but they’re both SUVs, and they’re both pretty powerful. One was bred as a luxury vehicle from the start, while the other is a typical family car with a ludicrous engine jammed inside. Try to guess which is which.

Blue Lamborghini Urus parked in front of scenic backdrop
Lamborghini Urus | Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Urus blends luxury and performance

The Urus attempted to take that distinct Lamborghini look and merges it with the practicality of an SUV. And while the end result was both popular and controversial, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. With a 4-liter V8 that makes about 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque, the Urus is no snoozefest. And that power propels the car from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, and up to 190 miles per hour.

Obviously, a Lamborghini would have immense power, but even this large SUV managed to have Lamborghini handling thanks to the air suspension. Despite the higher ride height, the Urus manages to stay flat in the corners according to a RoadShow review. In other words, it’s a fine-tuned performance car.

And the attention to detail doesn’t end there, as the Urus is full of technology people use on a daily basis. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot detectors, and emergency braking systems just to name a few. They’re all included in this luxury SUV. But what if high society isn’t your style, you’re a blue-collar worker that has family values with a passion for power? If that’s the case, the Dodge Durango may be the answer.

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is a ludicrous display of speed

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV | Dodge

We mean ludicrous in the nicest way possible, as the Dodge Durango is so crazy it works. With a 6.2 L Hemi V8 that makes 710 horsepower, it’s got a 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds (.2 seconds faster than the Urus). You’d think an American SUV with that much performance would be loud and gurgly all the time, but you’d be mistaken. When the dust settles, the Durango is collected and smooth, only turning into a beast when you want it to.

The Durange is a genuine sport SUV that beats out the Urus in almost every way. For starters, the Urus can have either two bucket seats or a three-person bench seat in the second row, whereas the Durango has three rows of seating. The Urus’ sloped roof is the enemy to tall people, offering worse headroom than the Durango. And the Urus has a maximum cargo capacity of 56 cubic feet, whereas the Durango has 85.1 cubic feet.

Before, we said one was a luxury vehicle from the start while the other was an SUV with a ludicrous engine jammed inside. But really it’s the other way around. One was a performance car that got morphed into an SUV, while the other was designed as an SUV, the only difference is the ridiculous engine. In other words, the Durango is more SUV than the Urus will ever be. But which should you buy?

Which midsized SUV should you buy?

Lamborghini Urus and Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Lamborghini Urus (left) and Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat (right) | Dodge/Lamborghini

I made a point to leave the price until the end, as the difference is rather staggering. The Dodge Durango started at $82,490, whereas the Urus will cost you $249,231. But the careful reader will have noticed that the Durango “started” at $82,490. That’s past tense, it no longer costs that much, because you can no longer buy them.

The SRT Hellcat trim was a one-year-wonder, and boy was it wonderful. Now, the closest you can get to that is the Durango SRT, which will cost just $66,470. And while that shaves a significant chunk of change off the price tag, the power is downed to 475 hp, and the 0-60 slows to 4.7 seconds. Still incredibly quick for an SUV, and still packed with the gurgle of a V8, but not quite as strong as the Urus.

So the Durango is better at is being an SUV. Storage space, passenger seating, and general comfort are all marks for the Dodge. So at the end of the day, it’s a matter of how much power you want. If you’re willing to settle for a bit less, or just don’t have $200,000 sitting in your wallet, the Durango is an excellent choice.

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