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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

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Today, American roadways are practically teeming with car-based luxury SUVs, but the 2012 Land Rover LR4 preserves the English marque's traditional recipe of blending exceptional off-road capability with modern luxury vehicle refinement. The LR4's deftness in the dirt is owed to its impressive arsenal of off-road features, which include 4-corner air suspension, a multi-terrain traction control system and an available locking rear differential. Among mid-size challengers such as the Lexus GX, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Infiniti JX, the Land Rover LR4 offers a distinctive taste of classic English craftsmanship steeped in iconic heritage.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your definition of go-anywhere versatility involves family ventures off the beaten path as opposed to frequent weekend trips to Home Depot, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 suitably fits the bill.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a 7-passenger luxury SUV and extraordinary off-road capability ranks low on your priority list, the superior handling and significantly more fuel efficient Infiniti JX or the Acura MDX are worth a closer look.

What's New for 2012

The Land Rover LR4 receives a series of audio and navigation system upgrades for the 2012 model year.

Driving the LR4

Driving Impressions 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. Despite its rigid...

construction, the LR4 delivers a supple ride that belies its truck-based platform. The LR4 tackles U-turns and tight corners with sedan-like poise thanks to its 37.5-foot turning radius (shorter than a Honda Accord sedan). The potent 375-horsepower V8 performs brilliantly both on and off-road, though it devours an overwhelming amount of fuel. When the roads begin to bend, however, the top-heavy design of the Land Rover LR4 produces excessive body lean in high-speed turns and ultimately hinders confidence behind the wheel. With a reinforced ladder frame, sophisticated 4-wheel-drive system and height-adjustable air suspension, the LR4's natural habitat clearly lies outside the confines of urban civilization. So to help even the most inexperienced drivers overcome extreme off-road situations, the LR4 comes equipped with the Terrain Response system, which improves traction and overall drivability on a variety of terrain conditions with the turn of a dial.

4-CORNER AIR SUSPENSION
When the going gets tough, the LR4 gets going. A simple push of a button and the LR4's electronically modulated air suspension raises the ride height by nearly five inches, making quick work of tall obstacles that would stop lesser vehicles in their tracks.

HILL DESCENT CONTROL
Land Rover believes you don't need to be an off-road aficionado to enjoy the world's most demanding trails. Supplementing the Terrain Response system is Hill Descent Control, which lets you automatically maintain a relaxed, consistent speed down steep grades, all without ever touching the pedals.

2012 Land Rover LR4 Details
Interior

Land Rover designers possess a brilliant talent of constructing a cabin that emanates the upscale ambiance of a modern luxury vehicle with the rugged feel of a serious off-roader, and the LR4 delivers this unique character in spades. In terms of everyday versatility, the LR4 is a capable performer, with an available 35:30:35 split second-row seat and a third-row seat that folds flat to reveal 76.8 cubic feet of cargo space. While the LR4's cargo area may not be as cavernous as its competitors, it does offer a class-exclusive folding tailgate that makes loading cargo easier. Interior controls are also unexpectedly intuitive and legibly labeled – a welcome change from Land Rovers of yesteryear.

Exterior
2012 Land Rover LR4 photo

The 2012 LR4 shares the majority of its design DNA with Land Rover's legendary flagship model, the Range Rover. Beyond the familiar boxy silhouette, the LR4 boasts a distinctive arrangement of LED headlamp accents along with aggressive, off-road-inspired overfenders. At first glance, you might ponder the idea of buying a step ladder before entering the LR4. To our surprise, step-in height is quite manageable, particularly with the air suspension at its lowest setting. Whereas the standard 18-inch wheels and tires are the ideal setup for off-road adventures, Land Rover recognizes the demands of its core customers and offers a choice of flashy 20-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is available in three generously appointed trims: Base, HSE and Lux. Standard fare across the lineup includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, a panoramic roof with a power front moonroof, Terrain Response, air suspension, electronically controlled 4-wheel-drive, and a 7-inch color touch screen. Moving up to the HSE model adds a third-row seat for 7-passenger capacity, a backup camera and Jaguar/Land Rover's latest navigation system. Meanwhile, the range-topping Lux trim will net you heated seats, high/low beam xenon headlights and premium audio. Safety comes in the form of six airbags, all-terrain antilock brakes and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation.

Optional Equipment

To avoid swapping paint with hidden objects, the 2012 LR4 offers the Vision Assist Package with a 360-degree Surround Camera System. Additionally, restless rear-seat passengers will find relief in the available the DVD entertainment system, complete with two headrest-mounted displays, wireless headphones and a remote. Unlike the Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Infiniti JX, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 does not offer adaptive cruise control or a pre-collision system.

Under the Hood

The sole powertrain combination for the 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a torque-rich V8 matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to driver-adaptable shift programming, the automatic gearbox features a sporty sequential mode that quickens shift times by ten percent. We understand that a 5.0-liter V8 hauling over three tons of automobile will inherently guzzle fuel like it's going out of style, but during our road test we found ourselves struggling to breach the 15 mpg mark. When it came time to fill-up, the big V8's unquenchable thirst for premium fuel left a sizable dent in our corporate wallet.

5.0-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg

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2012 Land Rover LR4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 31 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Amazing SUV overall and truly reliable

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of power, comfortable, good looking, real 4x4"

Cons: "2010 model did not have bluetooth music streaming"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used because it was in like new condition and I was looking for a SUV with the following feature: - Need to seat 7 - Must have a tow rating of at least 7500lbs - Must be a "real" 4x4 (low range) - Must have a tight turn radius and be compact enough to fit in a parking space (I have to park in a parking garage where I work) - Must be fun to drive! I tried the q7, x5, MBs, grand cherokee, sequoia, but couldn't find anything that would meet all my demands...Until i tried a used LR4 and fell in love right away! But then I did some research and was concerned with the reliability of the vehicle. After 6 month of hard use (long road trip, off road in Colorado, towing of a 21ft/4000lbs camper for 3000 miles)I am happy to report that the only cheap part I had to replace on my LR4 was a spare wheel winch, broken by a not so bright mechanic... It's been a reliable, fast, comfortable, family car, and I average 17.5 MPG in mixed use. Towing will drop the MPG to a dismal 11 mpg, but it is expected when towing above 6000 feet. I am seriously considering buying a second one for my wife so that she stops stealing my ride! Final note: I have tested the 2014 version of the LR4 and found it underpowered, and the absence of a low range case make it a no go for me."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Nothing Compares To This Car!

By on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Overall performance, quality and design"

Cons: "Opening top hatch door and audio touch screen"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car excels beyond my expectations. Performance is excellent. Passing an 18-wheeler on a highway is effortless. The interior is absolutely top quality and is superior to any other luxury car I have experienced. The materials are exceptional and when you touch the doorknobs, the seats or the steering wheel, you are constantly reminded of it. This car has the perfect combination of elegance and function. It truly stands alone. I will never buy anything else after having owned this car."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle!

By on Thursday, June 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to drive and very sporty!"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This big SUV drives like a dream. The large windows give me a clear view at all times. It's easy to park, and the turning radius makes this vehicle so easy to maneuver. There is plenty of room for carrying everything that's important. The best vehicle I have ever owned!!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Much improved over our LR-3. Great SUV

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A perfect car for the mountains of Colorado"

Cons: "3rd row seats hard to open and close"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We love our LR-4. The interior is super luxurious. Lots of backseat room as well as storage space in the rear. The handling I'd much better than our old LR-3 and the more powerful engine really improves performance on steep mountain roads"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

25 years of Land Rovers. This LR4 is the best!

By on Saturday, May 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FANTASTIC CAR! VALUE! Powerful engine & LUXURY!"

Cons: "5 liter engines chew gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

This is the Nara Bronze (the color I chose).

"I've owned Land Rover Discovery, LR3s, and LR4s, since the very first Discovery came out with its solid axles. Although there has been much improvement over the years, this LR 4 (HSE with luxury, HID lighting package, 3 rows of seats, Harmon Kardon audio, surround camera viewing with sonar, and every other package) is far and away the best I've ever had. Ironically, I was about to switch to BMW, but the LR 4 is simply a BETTER VALUE than anything from BMW, MB, or Lexus (when you take in all the equipment, features, and abilities)! With a 5 liter V8 that throws off 375 hp and 375 lb/foot of torque, the car finally has the engine it deserves. Similarly, the Harmon/Kardon sound system is out of this world. Lastly, the leather and wood that comes with the luxury package is just head and shoulders above any car interior I've seen in a vehicle priced under $75,000. FANTASTIC CAR!!! I've loved every minute of it. Fantastic car!"

This is the Nara Bronze (the color I chose).

Love it despite the issues

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, room, towing ability, quiet"

Cons: "Poor reliability, sparse and indifferent dealers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Bought my 2011 LR4 new, now has 51,500 miles....and in the shop, again, for numerous warning lights and messages though it is running fine. This will be our first out of warranty repair.....had warranty repairs for malfunctioning fuel gauge (took two trips to fix), radio (four trips to fix), rear view camera, defective door locks, alarm going off for no reason, and broken driver door latch cable. We tow with it, need the 4WD for snow, go skiing with it, need the third row with our kids, and have towed a travel trailer many times with it. It also looks great and the paint and interior still look good after a lot of tough use. So in many respects it is an ideal family car for us, but it is the most troublesome car I have EVER owned. It has never stranded us, but has had many serious problems. The service experience has been lacking as well, I blame some of the problems on poor diagnosis or repair efforts."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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