The Land Rover LR4 is a midsize SUV that has a permanent four-wheel drive system. It offers two or three rows of seats with room for five or seven, respectively. The LR4 represents the fourth generation of Discovery series models, a vehicle line introduced in 1989 in the U.K. and in 1994 in the U.S.
2010 to Present: Land Rover LR4
With the introduction of the LR4, Land Rover scrapped its earlier power plant offerings and went with a pair of engines supplied by its sister company, Jaguar. A 375-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission was used from 2010 to 2013. This model is EPA-rated at 12/17 mpg city/highway.
Beginning in 2014, Land Rover dropped the V8 and introduced a 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and paired it with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This model is EPA-rated at 15/19 mpg city/highway.
The silhouette of the Land Rover LR4 is boxy with straight lines forming from the front fascia to the windshield line. The windshield is canted, but the remaining three sets of roof line pillars are vertical.
The LR4 has a broad grille and oval lights that are set within a headlamp assembly with LED accents. There’s also a lower grille opening flanked by fog lamps. This SUV’s hood is massive and is otherwise flat except for a slightly raised middle section. The LR4’s side profile features distinct upper character lines, lower trim, side vents and pronounced wheel well arches. At the rear this model has a two-part liftgate, with a top section lifts up and a bottom section drops down. Oversized rear combination lights with oval lights are also present.
Inside, the LR4 offers standard seating for five in the base model and seating for seven in HSE and HSE Luxury editions. Bucket seats are up front while a split-folding second row is in the middle. In models so equipped, a third-row seat emerges from the floor in the cargo hold.
Land Rover generously applies leather across the dashboard, around the steering wheel, across the door inlays, on the center console and around the seats. Wood, metallic trim and soft-touch materials are also present. The front seats provide a commanding view of the road and are plush and bolstered. A tilt-and-telescopic steering column, steering wheel-mounted controls, power accessories and dual-zone automatic climate control are included.
The center console is neatly organized with a small color display at the top, followed by dials and switches to manage the audio system and climate control. At the base of the console is the 4x4 panel that enables this SUV to traverse off-road terrain with multiple settings to choose from.
The top competitors for the Land Rover LR4 include other three-row luxury SUVs. Consumers might cross shop the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Lincoln MKT, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX and Lexus GX. The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class should also be considered.
Earlier Land Rover Discovery and LR3 Models
Land Rover introduced what is also known as the Discovery series in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t until 1994 when a safety-compliant model with air bags installed was available in the U.S. Two years later, Land Rover was forced to replace the 3.9-liter V8 engine with a 4.0-liter V8 to meet U.S. emissions restrictions.
The Discovery II Series, also known as the LR2 replaced the original Discovery in 1999. That model stayed in production through 2004. Initially, a 4.0-liter V8 engine was used, replaced by a 4.6-liter V8 in 2003. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Land Rover LR3 was introduced in 2005 and stayed in production through 2009. For the first three years two engine choices were offered: a 4.0-liter V8 and a 4.4-liter V8. For the last two years, the smaller of the two engines was discontinued. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This model is EPA-rated at 12/17 mpg city/highway.
Key features of the third-generation model are its air suspension system, hill descent assist and a terrain response system. Later models brought in Bluetooth connectivity and a navigation system. A 2008 update added a Harman Kardon audio system and also refreshed the turn signal indicator lights and the bumpers.