2011 Land Rover LR4 Review – Range Rover's competent little brother

Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Land Rover LR4
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Classic rugged styling
  • Foot in the country club door
  • Half the cost of a Range Rover, but not half the car

Misses:

  • Niggling annoyances from horn button to tailgate to seat latch
  • Thirsty for premium fuel
  • Third row seats more appropriate for monkeys and other agile creatures

In terms of the country club pecking order, the LR4 will get you onto the same putting green as the Range Rover, but you’ll be further from the cup than you might like. At close to a hundred grand, the Range Rover is a hole-in-one for the horsey set. The half-as-costly LR4 may be a two-put for par, but shares enough virtues with big brother to make it worthy of the family name. Both enjoy the same 375hp, all aluminum V8, the same two-speed electronic transfer gearbox for sublimely competent off road abilities, and similarly airy cabin space. The difference lies in price and attention to detail. If you can make do with simplified leather, lack of wood trim, and tighter packaging, than the all new LR4, base priced at $47,850, is a bonus bargain worthy of Costco.

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2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE – Inspector Gadget's personal SUV

Tuesday January 4th, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Posted by: bclark

By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • ‘Swiss-army’ versatility
  • Smooth ride
  • Luxurious cabin

Cons

  • T-rex size gasoline appetite
  • Minor electrical issues
  • You gotta pay to play

There’s nothing like some unexpected treats for the holidays. Family coming from Florida – expected.  Floridians wanting to go see the snow – expected. A freak snowstorm during an El Nina year two days before our Tahoe trip – slightly unexpected, but much appreciated.  Getting an email from my Editor, as we sat waiting for family at the airport, asking if anyone is in need of a Land Rover Discovery LR4 for the week – unexpectedly awesome!  What can I say, the sports car wasn’t going to do the trick and the sedan is in need of some repairs. I couldn’t imagine a better opportunity at a better time to test the latest premium SUV from the brand that practically invented the go anywhere, do anything vehicle.
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