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2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

Test drivers said the 2012 Land Rover LR4 has a spacious cabin and is ready for off-road adventures, but isn't especially comfortable on pavement and gets poor fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb off-road performance
  • Plenty of cargo/passenger space
  • A lot of uncontrolled body motions on pavement
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Sluggish touch-screen controls




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Land Rover LR4 Overview

The 2012 Land Rover LR4’s V8 engine has plenty of power, critics said, and its six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but can be sluggish to downshift at times. The LR4 comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive. It gets an EPA-estimated 12/17 mpg city/highway, which is poor in comparison to other four-wheel drive, V8-powered SUVs. Land Rover's Terrain Response System, which features drive modes for different types of terrain, is standard, and test drivers said the LR4 is a very capable off-roader. On the road, they said that the steering is well-weighted, but the SUV’s tall body tends to lean in corners, and they added that there is a lot of body motion over bumpy roads and pocked pavement.

Some reviewers thought the 2012 LR4’s cabin is attractive and features upscale materials, but others noted that cabin build quality is somewhat poor. The front seats are comfortable and offer a great view of the road, test drivers said, and the second row has plenty of head- and legroom. Some test drivers added that the available third row is adult-friendly, though not all reviewers agreed. At about 90 cubic feet, the LR4 has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. The 2012 LR4 comes standard with leather seats, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker audio system with a touch-screen display, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, two USB ports and an auxiliary input. Available features include front parking sensors, a rearview camera or 360-degree camera system, voice-controlled navigation, front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a refrigerated center console, a Harman Kardon audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio and HD Radio. Some reviewers complained that the navigation system is slow to respond to touch-screen inputs.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has a vast cargo hold and test drivers said that passenger space in all three rows is spacious and comfortable. Reviewers added that the R-Class has a pleasant, smooth ride and feels planted around corners.

Test drivers praised the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, which also has a standard V8 and four-wheel drive, for its incredible capability off-road, but also for its great road manners and composed ride on pavement. They said that its cabin is built with handsome materials and shows excellent build quality.

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