2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

By on June 15, 2012
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More for the wild outdoors than the streets.

Good: Comfortable interior, easy to use Terrain Control system, adjustable ride height thanks to air suspension and adequately powerful engine.
Bad: Atrocious fuel consumption, sunroofs have netted covers so during daytime the inside is always lit, drive feels sluggish on the roads due to the gearbox not changing gears fast enough and the overall weight.
Price: AED 264,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Land Rover Discovery series has been the staple SUV for many families across the world who want a combination of powerful off-roading capabilities along with a good family hauler for the suburbs. While the Range Rover has always been the premium SUV in Land Rover’s lineup, over the past decade the LR3 has a reputation for great looks and a luxurious interior, a tradition now carried successfully by the new LR4 (Discovery 4).

On the outside, one will be hard pressed to see much of a difference between the LR3 and LR4, but look closer and you’ll see subtle changes that Land Rover has brought in to be in line with the rest of the automotive industry.

The most obvious change is that the LR4’s front looks very much like the Range Rover Sports, thanks to the headlight structure and front grill. The body colored trim, air vents and wheel arches, even the wheels themselves, further add to the similarities between the LR4 and the Range Rover Sports.

Come to the sides and you’ll see the traditional Discovery form factor, with large windows and an even larger rear space, pronounced by the increased height of the roof from the passenger area onwards.

On the rear we have very large tail lights that come in crystal white housing and LEDs. The rear window slopes downwards half way in traditional Land Rover fashion. Apart from that there’s not much to be said about the rear end of the LR4, except that it looks huge.

Now you’ll notice that our test model comes with some extra garnishing, the most obvious addition is the small ladder on the back door and the bulbar on the front. This comes as part of the ‘Pursuit’ body kit which costs an extra AED 12,000 (USD 3K). The bulbar up front has a metal core, wrapped in thick rubber. Additionally the headlights and tail lamps get an eyeliner effect thanks to the thin plastic trims.

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