2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)
We cross shopped the BMW X5 4.8is, X5 3.0 (0nly one with a manual) and Volvo XC90 V8. LR3 won out over others for features at price point and legendary capability of the marque. So far so good. Mileage has been better than average (approx 19.7mpg) LR3 is very stable at triple digit speeds on the autobahn. Utility, versatility and ergonomics are great. Steering feel is perfect and not overboosted like the Volvo. Only wishes really are for a manual tranny, cloth seats/rubber mats (leather is too much to upkeep) and Tdi options stateside. Navigation could have better input control such as a column stalk/selector. Touch screens tend to get tedious. Voice Command is really unnecessary.
Favourite feature is the exterior design, bold and modern. Love the electronic diffs and the seat configurations are handy. Price ($48K loaded HSE7) About $10K better than comparably equipped competitors
Include Rubber Mats as standard. Better Navigation controls such as a stalk input device would be more ergonomically sound. Navigation DVD player location is ridiculous. Stero Speaker Enclosures could be better as low Freq. rattles are a common problem. Interior could be dressier for price range