2015 Land Rover LR4 | new car review
Off-road engineering makes it an absolute monster off the tarmac.
Great features to boot.
External appearances require some getting used to.
Sometimes you have to look hard to see true beauty, and should you put this into practice when staring at the LR4, then you’ll have to stare extra hard. It is not beautiful in common context, with its tall posture and boxy back-side making it look almost Ford Flex-ish. But, eventually, you begin to see the appeal. Yes, the rear third of the car looks as if it has been retro-fitted, but it’s original if nothing else.
Inside, things certainly feel like a Land Rover. Combinations of leather and chrome have all been fitted where you would normally expect to find plastic. Somehow, Land Rover have modernised traditional interior; they’ve taken very traditional British styling, and made it “Star Trek-like”. Take the “touch disc” gear selector. This unique method of changing gear with one finger, akin to spinning an LP, is fitted within a beige and walnut console. It all feels “traditionally modern”.
The 2015 Land Rover LR4 has been designed to deal with intense off-roading, and comes with an array of bits and pieces to help service that function. The under-shields that have been fitted to both ends are solid, and the car boasts a ground clearance of 310mm. A ladder is available for the rear, so that you can access the roof should you wish. Boot space is 1260 litres, but should you opt for a third row of seats, then you will lose most of that. Go the other way and fold down the second row and you’ll have 2,600 litres at your disposal.
What’s on offer?
For 2015 the LR4 comes in two variations, with the HSE LE starting at AED 239,000, and the HSE coming in at AED 269,000. Both models come with the same 3.0 litre supercharged V6, bringing 335 horses and 450Nm of torque to the table. The difference is that the more expensive HSE comes with an active rear differential, which will improve off-road performance. The 2015 Land Rover LR4 is tremendously well-equipped, too much to list here, but it will be a handy tool for those off-road excursions.
The LR4 might not be the best looking option, but owning one will make you look like you know something that other car-buyers don’t. Some might ask why you picked it over the better looking X5, and when that happens, take them out to the desert and show them why…
|Specifications||2015 Land Rover Defender 90||2015 Land Rover Defender 110|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.2 litre / 4 cyl||2.2 litre / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|120 hp @ 3,500 RPM||120 hp @ 3,500 RPM|
|360 Nm @ 2,000 RPM||360 Nm @ 2,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||15.8 secs||17.0 secs|
|Top speed||145 km/h||145 km/h|
|Price||AED 170,000||AED 180,000|