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2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

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

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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 first thing that struck me when I sat inside the LR4 was how much it felt like the Range Rover Sports. The steering wheel and speedometer look identical, as does the basic layout of the dashboard and the glove compartment.

The screen placement between the a/c vents, control panel with the analog clock in the center and climate control are pretty much laid in the same way in both SUVs. The gearbox is placed towards the driver’s side in the LR4, and the Terrain Response system is a further ahead of the gear. No ‘Sports’ mode in the LR4, which reinforces the notion that the Discovery is meant more for the open fields and rough parts of mother nature rather than the streets of the city.

That said, it doesn’t matter where you’re driving, inside the LR4 feels extremely comfortable and safe. The ride height is one of the highest I have been in any SUV to date, and that’s with the air suspension set to medium height.

The seats aren’t too chunky, but the leather is inviting; not too cushioned mind you. The rear seats have ample space, and the last cargo area feels like a little room of its own. Further adding to the large interior of the LR4 are the three sunroofs on the front, middle and rear, which are only covered with a black sliding net. During the daytime, then, the LR4 feels exceptionally big from the inside.

The air suspension adapts nicely to the road, giving a supremely comfortable ride. However, it feels ‘floaty’ around corners, especially when braking hard. Road noise is just as low as in the Range Rover Sports, or any other Jaguar for that matter.

What with the comfortable ride, authoritative height and extremely roomy and pleasantly luxurious interior of the LR4, I cannot think of a better all-round SUV for long drives (whether across country or the continent) with your family.

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