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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 Land Rover LR4 is powered by the same 5.0 liter Gen III V8 that Jaguar uses in Range Rover and most of their sports fleet, such as the XF, XK, etc. Creating 385HP @ 6,500RPM and 510Nm @ 3,500RPM, the 5-liter powerhouse shifts the 3.2 ton hulk from 0 to 100kmph in 7.9 seconds. It also guzzles gas at roughly 17 liters/ 100km with a mix of city and highway driving. The petrol tank goes down like there’s no tomorrow, no matter how lightly you push the accelerator.

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When driving on the road, the LR4 is pretty composed, or rather forced to be due to the weight. Now the 5-liter V8 is no slouch, indeed this 385HP monster makes a raucous sound when it resides under the hood of the XK and XFR. However, in the LR4 that engine sounds comfortable in its surrounding, that is to say that it’s a powerful, yet sensible SUV that’s designed to looks smart and go anywhere in the world.

The ZF HP28 6-speed automatic gearbox handles the high torque very smoothly, and the gear changes are almost imperceptible, it’s so well behaved. The downside to this smooth driving experience, and lack of ‘Sports’ mode, means that if you want to push the LR4 at highway speeds, you’ll have to push the accelerator all the way down for it to drop a gear a charge onwards.

The LR4 is truly more focused towards the wilder parts of the country; I guess the excessive prowess for the streets are left for the Range Rover SUVs. The ‘Hill Start Assist’ is very useful in that the LR4 applies the brakes automatically for a few seconds, just in time for you to push the accelerator and move upwards.

Another cool feature I experienced was the ‘Gradient Acceleration Control’ mechanism that basically slows down the LR4 when going downhill in tandem with the acceleration. If I let go of the accelerator and the inertia starts building up, the LR4 automatically slows down to a crawl of 5kmph.

The Terrain Response system coupled with the ride height control makes for a great range of places the LR4 can easily go to. The LR4 is without a doubt one of the most versatile SUVs I’ve been in, combining street smart looks with a comfortable interior and an impressive engine and chassis.

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