2012 Land Rover LR4

The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is ranked among the most competent off-road SUVs in the market. Indeed, it ‘out works’ other pickup trucks and SUVs, especially in snow, sand, mud or water landscapes.

The LR4 is fitted with elegant interior material and comfortable seats making for an enjoyable ride. The LR4 has an eye-catching and smart modern exterior, and is offered in three trim levels: base, HSE LUX and HSE trim levels.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $49,750.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.8 gallons (86 l) MPG: 12 city / 17 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 190.1 in. (482.8 cm) Wheel Base: 113.6 in. (288.5 cm)
Height: 76.3 in. (193.8 cm) Width: 79.6 in. (202.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 5617 lbs (2548 kg) Ground Clearance: 7.3 in. (18.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 42.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 5.0L V8 DOHC Compression Ratio: 11.5: 1
Horsepower: 375 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 375 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Max Towing: 7716 lbs (3500 kg) Maximum Speed: 121 mph (195 km/h)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:HSE MSRP: $53,975; MPG: 12 city / 17 hwy
Option:HSE Lux MSRP: $58,995; MPG: 12 city / 17 hwy

Engine & Performance

The 2012 LR4 comes with a 5.0L V8 powertrain that produces 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. This engine exploits the latest technology to offer outstanding performance, drivability and still achieve enhanced efficiency.

The performance is further improved by the 6-speed automatic transmission. This enables the SUV to cruise from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 121 mph.

A knob fixed at the center console allows the driver to select one of the five settings: grass/snow/gravel, general, mud and ruts, rock crawl, and sand. These settings optimize the transmission, engine and suspension settings for the condition at hand.

The LR4 can tow up to 7,700 lb and has a rating of 17 mpg while on highway and 12 mpg in cities.

Exterior

The LR4 is available in both solid and metallic color coats. These colors range from solid Fuji white to metallic Baltic Blue, Siberian silver, Nara Bronze to Santorini Black, just to mention a few.

Other features include: exterior color coded wheel arches, privacy glass, body-colored painted mirror caps, Halogen front lighting, automatic headlamps, 2-bar grille with mesh in Titan finish, rain sensing wipers and electric adjustable and heated mirrors.

The LR4 comes in standard 19 inch seven spoke alloy wheels, with the option of either a 20 inch ten split-spoke alloy or 20 inch five spoke gloss black alloy wheels.

Interior

The Land Rover LR4 has an exquisite and tactile design, reflecting the heart of luxury. To start with, all seats are made of choice materials and are comfortable. The base model is equipped with standard features such as: Bluetooth, dual zone automatic climate control, electric adjustable driver's and passenger's seats, and steering column with manual adjustment for height and easy reach.

In addition, the rear seats have ample head and leg room alongside large windows and a fixed rear sunroof. The modern look and feel is evident in the assorted switch gear and gauges, analog clock, state-of-the-art features including: 5 camera 360 degree parking assist system and touch screen navigation component.

Safety & Reliability

The Land Rover LR4 has safety and reliability features to ensure the safety of the occupants before, during and after an accident. Some of the safety features are: electronic parking brakes, traction and stability control, hill descent control, antilock disc brakes, child safety locks, rear head airbag, driver and passenger airbags, full length side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags and hill start assist.

The reliability of this car is warranted by a 4-year or 50,000 mile vehicle limited cover in addition to the 6-year or unlimited mileage corrosion warranty.

Pros

  • Powerful engine
  • Unbeatable off-road performance
  • Many standard features
  • Comfortable seats

Cons

  • Mediocre on-road handling
  • Weighty acceleration and fuel economy.
  • Electronics are hard to figure out.
  • Expensive base model

No doubt that the LR4 is suitable for people who care about luxury rides. Medium sized families can also benefit from this car, and with its off-road capabilities; then you can travel to almost any destination of choice using the 2012 Land Rover LR4.

Competition

If you are looking for an SUV under $50,000, along with the LR4, you may want to look at the BMW X5 (MSRP $47,500; 16 city / 23 hwy), the Porsche Cayenne (MSRP $48,850; 15 city / 22 hwy), and the Infiniti FX (MSRP $43,700; 16 city / 23 hwy).

Overall Rating
70 out of 100

What others say:

“A refined, quiet cabin and top-drawer comfort are hallmarks of the latest Land Rover LR4, but wedge adults into the third row and you'll be forgoing nearly all your cargo space.”Car Connection

“The steering is nicely weighted, and the tires are grippy. On road, LR4 suffers from noticeable body lean in fast turns. Off road, this SUV inspires confidence, as we would expect from a Land Rover.”Consumer Guide

“The LR4's powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine provides effortless acceleration and fuel economy of 15 mpg overall. The ride is supple but can get unsettled.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Whereas the vast majority of luxury SUVs employ a unitized body for greater on-road comfort, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 soldiers on as a conventional body-on-frame SUV.”KBB

“Though not without faults, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a solid choice for a luxury SUV, offering the expected off-road chops along with a top-notch interior and a strong V8.”Edmunds