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The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Urus doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac Escalade are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lamborghini Urus has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Urus doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Escalade has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Urus doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Urus doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To help make backing safer, the Escalade’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Urus doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Escalade has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Urus doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Escalade and the Urus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.
The Cadillac Escalade weighs 734 to 1012 pounds more than the Lamborghini Urus. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
There are over 27 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Lamborghini dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade first among large premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Urus isn’t in the top three in its category.
On the EPA test cycle the Escalade 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the Urus (14 city/21 hwy vs. 12 city/17 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade’s fuel efficiency. The Urus doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac Escalade uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Urus requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Escalade has 6.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Urus’ standard fuel tank (26 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escalade has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Urus’ optional fuel tank (26 vs. 22.5 gallons).
The Escalade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Urus doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac Escalade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Urus.
The Cadillac Escalade’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lamborghini Urus only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Escalade has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Urus doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Escalade has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Urus, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Urus.
The Escalade’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Urus’ (56% to 44%). This gives the Escalade more stable handling and braking.
The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Urus doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Urus doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escalade 4WD is quieter than the Urus:
The Escalade offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Urus can only carry up to 5.
The Escalade has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Urus (120.8 vs. 105).
The Escalade’s cargo area provides more volume than the Urus.
Third Seat Folded
51.6 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
21.8 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
94.2 cubic feet
56.4 cubic feet
The Escalade’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Urus’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The Escalade’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Urus’ (8100 vs. 7716 pounds).
The Escalade has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Urus doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Escalade’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Urus’
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escalade has a standard rear wiper. The Urus doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Urus.
The Escalade’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Urus doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Escalade is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Urus doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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