2015 Land Rover LR4 | new car review

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by
2015 Land Rover LR4
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AEDAED 239,000 - 269,000
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  • 2015
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The LR4 (aka: Discovery 4), is a large SUV like no other. Its odd appearance might put some off upon first glances, but looks can be deceiving.

Pros

engineering makes it an absolute monster off the tarmac.
Great features to boot.

Cons

External appearances require some getting used to.

Looks

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.

2014 Land Rover LR4 front

Feels

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”.

2014 Land Rover LR4 interior

Engineering

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.

2014 Land Rover LR4 side

Summing it

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

Specifications2015 Land Rover Defender 902015 Land Rover Defender 110
Engine/ Cylinders2.2 litre / 4 cyl2.2 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
120 hp @ 3,500 RPM120 hp @ 3,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
360 Nm @ 2,000 RPM360 Nm @ 2,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h15.8 secs17.0 secs
Top speed145 km/h145 km/h
PriceAED 170,000 AED 180,000

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