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2016 Land Rover LR4 Review

The 2016 Land Rover LR4 is an exceptionally capable off-roader, but it ranks at the back of the luxury midsize SUV class because of its low reliability rating, higher-than-average ownership costs, and slow-to-respond touch screen.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low fuel economy estimates




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Land Rover LR4 Overview

Is the 2016 Land Rover LR4 a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 LR4 is not a very good luxury midsize SUV. The LR4 has terrific off-road ability and a roomy interior, but those attributes are outweighed by the SUV’s poor fuel economy, higher-than-average ownership costs, and low reliability rating. Unless most of your driving is off road, this is not a great pick.

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How Much Is the 2016 Land Rover LR4?

You can expect to pay between $49,500 and $64,000 for a used 2016 LR4. These figures are based on 200 listings for the 2016 Land Rover LR4 on our site. The average list price is $56,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Land Rover LR4 Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to pay $33,400 on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for the 2016 LR4 – or about $6,700 per year. Those costs are above average for the 2016 luxury midsize SUV class. With five-year costs of around $26,600, the 2016 Acura MDX has some of the lowest costs for a 3-row SUV in this class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LR4?

Land Rover discontinued the LR4 after the 2016 model year, so you won’t find any new LR4s for sale. However, if you are interested in a new off-road oriented SUV, you may want to check out the 2018 Land Rover Discovery – the LR4’s all-new successor. The seven-seat Discovery has similar off-road ability. However, it rides better on road, offers more advanced safety features, and boasts a higher towing capacity. It can also be equipped with a diesel engine that gets better fuel economy. The 2018 Discovery's starting price is about $4,600 less than the average price of a used 2016 LR4, which makes it a relative bargain. Plus, since it’s new, you won’t have to worry about questionable vehicle maintenance from a previous owner.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Land Rover LR4?

The 2016 LR4 has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Land Rover LR4 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for the 2016 LR4. Land Rover identified a fault with the driver's air bag. In some models, it may not properly inflate in the event of a crash. Before buying a used LR4, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Land Rover LR4 Is Best?

The Land Rover LR4 debuted for the 2010 model year – replacing the LR3 – and it remained on sale through the 2016 model year. Land Rover made few changes to the LR4 over these seven years, but the most substantial updates arrived in 2014. That year, Land Rover replaced the LR4’s V8 engine with a more fuel-efficient supercharged V6. It also added an eight-speed automatic transmission and available blind spot monitoring. These updates make the 2014, 2015, and 2016 models better options than earlier models.

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Which Used Land Rover LR4 Model Is Right for Me?

Land Rover offered the 2016 LR4 in three trim levels: LR4, HSE, and HSE LUX. The base model LR4 has Bluetooth, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, cruise control, push-button start, leather seats, climate control, a sunroof, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Land Rover LR4 HSE trim is far better equipped than the base model. It adds a navigation system, keyless entry, front parking sensors, and third-row seating. The Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX trim adds heated seats (front and rear) and a cooled center console. Available features include satellite radio, rear-seat DVD screens, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the LR4?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2016 Land Rover LR4.

All 2016 LR4 models come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around turns.

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2016 Land Rover LR4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Land Rover LR4 or 2016 Lexus GX?

The 2016 Lexus GX is by no means a class leader. Many of its cabin materials are unremarkable for a luxury SUV, its second and third rows aren’t particularly spacious, and its on-road handling is ponderous. That said, it’s still a better buy than the LR4. The GX has a rugged drivetrain and great off-roading ability. Its infotainment system is easier to use, and it rates much higher than the Land Rover for reliability. Go with the Lexus.

Which Is Better: 2016 Land Rover LR4 or 2016 BMW X5?

The 2016 BMW X5 is also a better pick than the LR4, but for different reasons. Though it’s not well-equipped for off-road use, the X5 tops the LR4 with superior on-road handling. It’s one of the best SUVs to drive in this class. The X5 also offers better fuel economy, nicer cabin materials, more-advanced safety features, and a higher reliability rating. Additionally, it’s available with a third-row seating package that bumps the X5’s seating capacity to seven. As long as you aren’t looking to venture too far off the beaten path – the BMW is the better luxury SUV.

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2016 LR4 Performance

How Does the 2016 Land Rover LR4 Drive?

The LR4 has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are standard. The V6 confidently hauls the SUV up to speed and provides ample punch for around-town driving. The refined transmission changes gears smoothly and downshifts promptly when more power is needed.

There’s no disguising that the LR4 is a heavy vehicle, but even so, the SUV’s adjustable air suspension does a fine job of keeping that heft under control. The suspension soaks up potholes and bumps without fuss, and it keeps the Land Rover fairly stable when rounding corners. It can also raise and lower to provide easier cargo loading or up to 12 inches of ground clearance. This ride height helps the LR4 maneuver over off-road obstacles. Additional off-road tech includes a transfer case with low-range gearing, locking differentials, and Terrain Response – a system that adjusts the SUV’s traction control for snow, sand, mud, and other driving conditions. Few SUVs – and far fewer luxury SUVs – are as capable off road.

Does the 2016 Land Rover LR4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The LR4 gets just 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is very low for a luxury midsize SUV.

2016 Land Rover LR4 Towing Capacity

The LR4 is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds, when equipped with its available towing package.

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2016 LR4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 LR4 Seat?

The LR4 is available in two seating configurations. Base models seat five; models with the optional Comfort Pack seat seven, thanks to a pair of third-row seats. The front seats are comfortable and provide a commanding view of the road. There’s generous head- and legroom in the first- and second rows. Average-sized adults can fit in the third-row for shorter trips, but these rear seats are better suited for kids and younger teens. The LR4's cabin is handsomely styled, and most of its interior materials look and feel upscale.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Land Rover LR4?

The LR4 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats on the outboard second-row seats. There are no lower anchors or top tethers in the available third row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate this LATCH system for ease-of-use.

2016 Land Rover LR4 Features

The 2016 LR4 comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, and two rear-seat DVD screens. The climate controls are simply arranged on the dashboard and easy to adjust while driving. The infotainment screen is straightforward as well. Its graphics look dated, however, and it has a tendency to respond slowly to inputs.

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2016 Land Rover LR4 Dimensions

Land Rover LR4 Cargo Space

The LR4 has just 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its available third-row seats. With these seats folded, and in 2-row models, it has a much roomier 44.5 cubic feet. Total cargo space jumps to a spacious 90.3 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.

2016 LR4 Length and Weight

The 2016 Land Rover LR4 is 15.8 feet long, with a curb weight of 5,655 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Land Rover LR4 Built?

The 2016 LR4 was built in Solihull, England, along with the 2016 Range Rover and 2016 Range Rover Sport.

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