2009 Land Rover LR3 | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

2009 Land Rover LR3 driving in desert

The LR3 is the place to start looking within the range if more serious, yet accessible, action is high up on your wish list when searching for your new 4×4.

Many quality years of off-road experience all come together in the 2009 package, so whether or not you’re an experienced off-road driver, or are just looking to get into the desert for a little bit of weekend fun; the LR3 can deliver everything you need, and most certainly will not leave you stranded in the sand!

The tough, square and chiseled looks of the Land Rover model range are strongly present within the 2009 Land Rover LR3, with that angular, utilitarian face and front grille, working back through tough-looking wide wheel arches, solid side panels and a clean and uncluttered, easy-to-access rear end. The 2009 Land Rover LR3 is pure function over form, but all of this functionality all makes for a dependable-looking off-roader, and that’s exactly the feeling you’ll want from your 4×4 before you disappear into the desert.

2009 Land Rover LR3 offroad

Dune-bashing capabilities are taken care of by two engine choices here in the Middle East, namely the 4-litre, V6 petrol engine making 215bhp and 360Nm of torque, or the 4.4-litre, V8 petrol engine making 300bhp and 425Nm of torque. Both engines are coupled with six-speed automatic gearboxes and all of the tried and tested electronic systems all working together to select the best combination of traction application, power delivery, gear selection and braking force to suit any type of terrain and surface thrown under the wheels of the LR3. If you’ve got the guts to go for the big stuff, then the 2009 Land Rover LR3 is well up to the challenge.

The tall and wide cabin can seat up to seven passengers with the optional third row of seating in place. These third row seats can also be folded individually flat giving more and larger cargo carrying options. Safety equipment is of course, not forgotten in this ‘professional-spec’ off-roader, and includes ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, and between six and eight interior airbags. All LR3 models are equipped with power mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, CD/radio stereo and 18-inch alloy wheels.

2009 Land Rover LR3 steering

Options can include 19-inch wheels, leather seating, 240-watt Harman/Kardon audio system, sunroof, rear park distance control, directional Xenon headlights and sat-nav, all making-up a 4×4 that’s luxurious enough for all those motorway kilometers you want to crunch, whilst not being too pretty to risk a few scratch and dents in the desert – and that’s a great 4×4 combination for many Land Rover fans.



Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
SUV4.0215 360A

Price (AED): 175,000 – 199,000


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