Lamborghini Huracan review - Reliability and Safety
If you don't want an Audi R8, the Huracan matches it for safety and reliability
Although the Huracan’s 5.2-litre V10 has been thoroughly reworked, it has effectively already had 10 years of service in the Gallardo. During that time, customers raised no major complaints.
There are a few things to keep your eye out for, though: overfilling with oil or using cheaper alternatives to the manufacturer’s recommended lubricants have both been known to cause engine failure.
The electric architecture is taken from the VW Group parts bin and dressed with Lamborghini branding, which means it’s proven, robust and bang up to date. The build quality, too, is second to none, so if treated with care, a Huracan should age well on its way to becoming a classic. But if you plan to drive your car hard or take it on frequent track days, the tyres and brakes will inevitably suffer.
Euro NCAP’s independent crash testing doesn’t extend to exotic models like the Lamborghini, so we have to rely on manufacturer information for insights into how such cars perform if the worst happens.
There’s always an element of risk when getting behind the wheel of a supercar and driving it briskly. But the Huracan is arguably one of the safest and most accessible choices in its class, thanks to its combination of four-wheel-drive traction and its inclination to understeer rather than spin out of corners backwards.
The car’s construction is pretty cutting-edge, with an aluminium and carbon-fibre core that’s said to be 50 per cent stiffer than its predecessor the Gallardo.
As you’d expect, the Huracan comes with a full complement of airbags, plus stability and traction control. There’s nothing on offer in the way of more advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane assist or city brake assist, but perhaps that’s not wholly surprising in such a driver-focused car.
Lamborghini supplies its cars with one of the most generous warranties in the VW Group. Perhaps the brand has the biggest hill to climb in terms of reputation thanks to some horrendous tales about unreliability from its days before the Volkswagen takeover, but the four-year/unlimited-mileage package provides impressive peace of mind.
It’s recommended that the Lamborghini Huracan is serviced every 12 months or 9,000 miles. Main dealers offer fixed prices for annual maintenance, and you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £950 to £1,100 for a check.
In this review
- 1Lamborghini Huracan reviewThe Lamborghini Huracan is a flamboyantly styled supercar with performance that matches its looks
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Huracan is fast and loud, but the 4WD model isn't as good in corners as the 2WD model
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAnyone considering a Huracan is unlikely to be concerned about fuel and tax bills
- 4Interior, design and technologyStriking styling, beautiful build quality and an array of gadgets make the Huracan a pleasure to play with
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceEven though it looks extreme, the Huracan is a surprisingly usable and accessible choice for a supercar
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingIf you don't want an Audi R8, the Huracan matches it for safety and reliability