2010 Land Rover LR4 | road test

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 by
The LR4 looks an awful lot like the LR3...

The LR4 looks an awful lot like the LR3...

AT A GLANCE

FOR

  • Wonderful engine
  • Premium feel
  • On and off-road performance

AGAINST

  • Looks too similar to LR3
  • Minimal boot space with third row of seats up
  • Electronics concerns

SUMMARY

The LR4 is a family-orientated SUV from , compared to the luxury focus of the Range Rover, which is more than 50,000AED pricier. We rather like it – it retains the off-road capability that the British manufacturer is noted for while being practical, well made and comfortable on the road. We’re not sure it warrants a new name, being an updated version of the LR3, but that doesn’t take away from its quality.

The LR4 is badged as the Discovery 4 in Europe

The LR4 is badged as the Discovery 4 in Europe

PERFORMANCE

Performance is wonderful, thanks to the 5.0-litre V8 engine also found in the rest of the range and in high-performance cars from Land Rover’s sister company, Jaguar. There’s lots of power (375bhp) and the delivery is hard to fault – it’s smooth, refined and quite with plenty of torque available from low down in the rev range, meaning there’s always grunt when you want it. The six-speed automatic gearbox is quick and unobtrusive – together, the performance should satisfy all on-road needs.

We’ve done some brief off-road stints in the LR4 too, and found it impressive – Land Rover has a very well respected heritage in tackling the rough stuff and it has the capabilities to tackle some very serious terrain, even in full road-going guise thanks to technologies like Terrain Response, which optimises the vehicle set up for different surfaces

The interior is well put together and features a commanding driving position

The interior is well put together and features a commanding driving position

HANDLING AND RIDE

Despite its power, the LR4 isn’t a sporty SUV in the style of, say, a Porsche Cayenne or the BMW’s X6. Rather, this strikes a balance between being comfortable and insulating you from the world outside, and having some kind of connection to the road; i.e. not being saggy or wallowy to drive.

While the ride is not as wafty as some other SUVs we’ve tried recently (the Toyota Sequoia being the benchmark), the LR4 still soaks up shocks from potholes or speedbumps while still keeping the driver aware of what’s happening under the wheels.

The turning circle is commendably tight and the steering is nicely weighted – the best compliment we can afford is that we didn’t notice particular lightness or heaviness when manoeuvring or at speed. Land Rover has heavily updated the mechanics of the LR4 compared to the LR3, and it’s generally very impressive. There’s a small amount of body roll in corners but its not excessive.

A dial and a few switches make it easy to set the LR4 up for off-roading

A dial and a few switches make it easy to set the LR4 up for off-roading

COMFORT

The LR4 feels really well put together with some great quality materials – soft touch plastics, good-quality leather and wood. That said, there are some details that grate a little – scratchy action on the air conditioning controls for one. Most dials are nicely damped, but the air con ones aren’t and don’t have the same feeling of quality.

One concern is that our test model’s electrics were extremely temperamental. In the few days we had it the entertainment and navigation system failed to start or failed to work properly on several occasions. We could just have been unlucky, but a browse of some Land Rover forums has shows that we’re not the only ones – let us know if you’ve seen any similar problems.

The dash design is rather cool – chunky and rugged, as reflects the LR4’s off-road capabilities. The driving position is very adjustable and lets you sit up high or down low, which is a nice change from the myriad SUVs that assume you want to be as lofty as possible.

PRACTICALITY

The space in the seven-seater LR4 that we drove was reasonable if not outstanding, which may be because the last row of seats is an option – the LR4 comes as standard as a five-seat car. The rear-most two seats are really only for children and fold down into the floor when not in use. Five adults will fit in the rest of the car with ease, and the three on the second row will have their own individual seats, not just a jump seat for the person in the middle. That does mean that there’s no fold down armrest however. There’s more than enough head and legroom for everyone, although perhaps not as much space overall as some other SUVs.

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The LR4 is adept on-road as well as off it

With the rear seats down (at the pull of a single lever), the boot space is decent, but not great with them up – you have a choice between luggage and extra passengers, so choose carefully! The middle row of seats also folds down flat. The tailgate is split – to just chuck something in, open the top part, or open the full door for larger items.

There are nice deep door pockets in the front and the back, two glove boxes, one above the other, and our test car came equipped with a fridge in the centre armrest, which was greatly appreciated during the Dubai summer but came at the expense of any other space in the centre console.

FEATURES

The LR4 comes with two electrical outlets, three sunroofs (one for each row of seats) and automatic climate control with separate air vents and controls for rear seat passengers. Also featured is a really good Harmon Kardon stereo with iPod connection and an intuitive interface. Nice touches include really bright interior lights – no pinpricks in the dark here.

New tail lights are among the minor visual updates on the LR4

New tail lights are among the minor visual updates on the LR4

We’ve already touched on the various off-road options. These are all easily selected by way of a dial and a few buttons on the centre console – it doesn’t really get any simpler.

Other notable features include the split tailgate, which seemed a little awkward to us during our short time with the car, but those living longer with it may well get used to it.

SAFETY

The LR4 comes as standard with ABS, eight airbags, emergency brake assist and electronic traction control. No crash data was available at the time of writing.

COSTS

The V6-powered LR4 starts at 220,000AED while the V8-powered, top-of-the-line HSE costs a pretty reasonable 255,000AED. This is slightly cheaper than the equivalent, less powerful Volvo XC90 (259,995AED) and the Audi Q7 V8 (260,000), which is also less powerful. The Mercedes-Benz ML500 (263,100AED) has more power, but we reckon the LR4 is a better off-road performer than all of its rivals.

The combined fuel economy is 13.9 litres per 100km, which gives the LR4 a theoretical range of around 620km from its 86-litre fuel tank.

Land Rover offers a five-year, 150,000km warranty on the LR4. Major services are due at 48,000km and 96,000km and will cost around 2,050AED at the time of writing.

2010

Engine: 5.0-litre V8
Max power (bhp/rpm): 375/6,500
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 510/3,500
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Driven wheels: Four-wheel drive
Kerb weight: 2,548kg
Price (AED): From 220,000 (range starts), from 255,000 (as tested)

2 Responses to 2010 Land Rover LR4 | road test

  1. Akram Reply

    June 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Hello. How is the performance of the 2010 V6 engine LR4 on mountain roads? Thank you.

  2. Abd-ulaziz Bokhari Reply

    October 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    nice car

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