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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.2

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
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 40 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great Long Distance Car

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Car for Long Distance Driving"

Cons: "Small tank"

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

"Great car - quiet and confortable regardless of outside conditions. LR4 with V8 we bought in 2010. I used it for daily commute 80 miles one way for 2.5 years in heavy NYC/NJ/Connecticut traffic and can tell that this is a great car. We drove it from Florida in Summer to Canada in Winter and this is the best car for family trips. Car is not simple and in the beginning it had some hiccups, but fortunately car was on warranty. I want new one with V8."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

By on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice heavy vehicle for long-distance driving."

Cons: "Fuel tank is way too small for long distance drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"* The fuel mileage is low. Why couldn't they just have a 4WD shifting mechanism to avoid the wear and tear and fuel mileage. * The 14/17 mpg is poor, but what makes it worse is the small fuel tank. * Radio - no tuning knob. A driver is distracted seeking stations, especially when changing distance ranges to seek other FM stations. I tried the SIRIUS radio. What a joke! Try attempting to go through their stations, and the regular radio, and the navigation system. One has to be a technical engineer. That's not driving enjoyment. * Vehicle is very noisy at highway speeds(70-75 mph). * Drivers side seat belt does NOT always detract when leaving the vehicle. * The low fuel indicator has always been off by 2.1 to 2.2 gallons. * The brake pedal is way TO CLOSE to the accelerator pedal when one needs to wear insulated boots in the severe cold and snow conditions. * This vehicle is nothing but a status symbol. impressive to some, but its practicality goes downhill very fast. * The running boards, although plastic, developed rust colorization from its steel structure."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Seriously Reconsider Buying this car

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,300

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "nice looking, drives well"

Cons: "Whistle sound that will drive you insane"

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

"I bought a 2015 LR4 in March, and thought I would share some information with prospective buyers. Land Rover USA has admitted that their is a problem in the air conditioning system of the 2015 LR4s, a problem that causes a high pitched whistle to be emitted from the dashboard area whenever the air conditioner is on (as it often is if you live in texas). Land Rover says this is a "characteristic" of the 2015 LR4s, and have offered no fix for the problem. If you are considering purchasing an LR4, I would seriously reconsider, until Land Rover has a fix for this issue. Though the dealership has tried, they have been unable to fix the problem, and my car has spent over 40 days in the shop since I purchased it."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Fun to drive and very dependable.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, comfy, beautiful"

Cons: "needs beverage holders in middle seats"

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

"An excellent investment in an excellent vehicle. She has never given me any trouble in ice or deep snow. We did put different tires on other than the factory ones, we have a lot of deep snow falls and just wanted to be prepared. Fun to drive and comfortable for hours. I get so many compliments on what a pretty car she is, she is a metallic black and shines like a star. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle!"

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Very nice ride.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is a very nice, well built SUV. It has good power and decent gas mileage considering its weight and horsepower."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I love this SUV. I feel like king of the road!

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

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: "Top of the line drive and look."

Cons: "Navigation system is cumbersome."

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

"This car is top notch. My only complaint is that the navigation system, like the car itself, is built to be driven off-road. This means that steps which should take one click actually require three or four confirmation steps. This gets real old after the first month. Why Land Rover didn't pair up with Tom-Tom is beyond me."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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