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Land Rover LR4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 375 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Land Rover LR4

  • The 2010 Land Rover LR4 is a significant upgrade over the outgoing LR3, offering the expected off-road chops along with a top-notch interior and a world-class V8.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent off-road capability, beautiful interior, up-to-date technology features, powerful V8.

  • Cons

    Nearly 3-ton curb weight, unimpressive on-road handling, historically spotty reliability.

  • What's New for 2010

    The 2010 Land Rover LR4 debuts as the replacement for the LR3 boasting an all-new interior, improved electronics and a much-need injection of horsepower.

Full 2010 Land Rover LR4 Review

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Land Rover LR4 debuts as the replacement for the LR3 boasting an all-new interior, improved electronics and a much-need injection of horsepower.


The new 2010 Land Rover LR4 is to its LR3 predecessor as the LR3 itself was to the old Discovery -- a small step stylistically, but a giant leap overall. Indeed, the LR4 is virtually unchanged on the outside from last year's LR3, but that barely begins to tell the story. Under the hood there's a new Jaguar-sourced 5.0-liter V8 that's considerably better than the old 4.4-liter V8, and inside there's a completely redone dashboard layout with all the technology that premium SUV buyers expect. With these focused changes, Land Rover has taken its midsize offering from also-ran to almost one-of-a-kind status.

Well, can you think of any other SUV with a cabin this luxurious, an engine this potent and off-road skills this formidable, all for a base price of under $50,000? In fact, we wonder whether Land Rover itself isn't having second thoughts about the LR4's price point. Consider that the Range Rover costs a whopping $30,000 more despite employing the same 5.0-liter V8; what's more, the LR4's new interior is arguably nice enough to be mentioned in the same breath as the Range Rover's, and it even offers a third-row seat.

The LR4's starting price puts it smack in the middle of the German premium crossover SUV battle, where we expect it will fare rather well. The Volkswagen Touareg is cheaper but less powerful, though it offers an excellent turbodiesel option. The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class has a comparably opulent interior, but it's no match for the Land Rover in the dirt. The BMW X5 is far more composed in corners, but it, too, is largely tarmac-bound. The Audi Q7 is pricier with its optional V8; the Porsche Cayenne, even more so.

Interestingly, one key competitor this year, the Lexus GX 460, is also substantially new. Formerly known as the GX 470, the 460 has both the technology and the off-road chops to compete with the LR4, though its smaller V8 puts out considerably less power. Move up the cost ladder to larger off-road-worthy SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser or even its Lexus LX 570 sibling and you'll find that the 2010 Land Rover LR4 is still an enticing proposition.

It's true that many people have little need for an SUV in the traditional sense. And for them, one of the previously mentioned crossovers might work better. But for those who require true SUV off-road functionality or who just want the image of such, the LR4 requires remarkably few on-road compromises beyond its predictably ponderous handling and questionable reliability. We admire Land Rover for fixing what was broken about the old LR3. The result is one of the most desirable SUVs currently on the market.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Land Rover LR4 is a midsize luxury SUV offered in a single trim level. Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear foglights, heated exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a power tilt-and-slide front sunroof, a fixed rear sunroof and a nine-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and a 5-inch display.

Many options are grouped into the HSE series of packages. The HSE package adds different 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, a Cold Climate group (front and rear heated seats, heated windshield-washer jets and a heated windshield), Bluetooth, an iPod/MP3 interface, satellite radio and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and mapping capability for both on- and off-road.

The HSE Plus package tacks on HD radio, interior mood lighting, keyless entry/ignition and a back-up camera; a third-row seat is optional. The HSE LUX package adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, higher-grade leather upholstery, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a center-console cooler box and driver seat memory settings. The HSE LUX Plus package adds a 360-degree camera parking system as well as the Heavy Duty package (with active locking rear differential and full-size spare tire).

Some of the package features, such as Bluetooth, the Heavy Duty package and the third-row seat (including third-row side curtain airbags, second-row climate controls and second- and third-row air vents), are available la carte. Also optional is a rear-seat entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 LR4 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 375 hp and 375 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. Using a rotary knob, the driver can select one of five settings (general, grass/gravel/snow, sand, mud and ruts, and rock crawl) that optimize everything for the conditions at hand, from throttle response to the differentials. The LR4 also features a fully independent suspension that utilizes electronically controlled air springs to automatically adapt to virtually any terrain or off-road challenge.

Land Rover estimates that the LR4 will run from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds -- not bad for a vehicle that weighs nearly 6,000 pounds. It's not surprising, then, that the LR4 is rated at just 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined. Properly equipped, the LR4 can tow up to 7,700 pounds.


Safety features on the 2010 Land Rover LR4 include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control (with rollover mitigation technology), hill descent control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (including the third-row seat when it is specified).

Interior Design and Special Features

Whereas the outgoing LR3 had a rugged, bare-bones look to its interior, the new LR4 boasts a cabin design that's reminiscent of the high-buck Range Rover's. High-quality materials abound, and the dashboard's flowing curves and rich colors impart an immediate sense of luxury and exclusivity. Technology is on the cutting edge as well, with all sorts of knickknacks on offer, from a five-camera surround-view parking system to a hard-drive-based navigation system that can even tell you where to go in the woods.

In terms of everyday usability, the LR4 shines, with fold-flat second- and (available) third-row seats and a usefully square cargo hold with 90 cubic feet of maximum space. A commanding driving position and elevated stadium-style seating give the driver and passengers a clear view of the road (or trail) ahead.

Driving Impressions

The LR3's power deficit is no more; the 2010 Land Rover LR4 has plenty of get-up-and-go, thanks to the same 375-hp V8 found in fleet-footed Jaguars. The six-speed automatic transmission is quick-witted yet smooth. Decent feedback from the steering gives the LR4 a crisp feel behind the wheel, and a tight turning circle makes it fairly maneuverable in parking lots and campgrounds. However, the vehicle's high center of gravity inevitably gives it a somewhat tippy feel when negotiating corners, though some tweaks have been made to the LR4's suspension to mitigate this tendency. In any case, the highway ride is quite comfortable. And of course, the sophisticated four-wheel-drive system has more off-road capability than most owners will ever exploit -- it's one of the best in the business.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

My wife and I bought our LR4 used with 44k miles on it. We have had it right at a month and it has been in the shop for three of those weeks with various issues. Brakes (we read the reviews and know that they are an issue already) oil dripping from under the engine, and the air suspension gave out on us on a road trip. When we took it to the our local dealership LR Austin, they told us that the brakes were after market that there was nothing they could do. We got them looked at elsewhere and they were in fact OEM and the exact ones the dealer installs. They told us the oil leak could not be found (even when there are drops of oil in out garage) and the suspension went out, can find prob?Junk

Lr4 rocks

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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

This is my second LR. Owned an 08 LR3 which was bullet proof, pretty much brought it in for scheduled services and changed the tires. Current LR4 is at 21K, and the only 2 trips to dealer were for the first service and for an insp. sticker. Vehicle is refined and holds up well. 17.9 mpg. on avg. I have two friends that have Range and they are looking into picking up a LR4.

2010 lr4 lux intermittent electrical

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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Love our LR4, just wish I didn't have to bring it in for repairs every few weeks. Tire monitoring system keeps throwing codes, the NAV and radio goes out once in a while and then there's the windshield wipers that suddenly shut off and stay off. I read about other people with the same issues, lets just hope Land Rover gets it figured out so we can buy another one. Otherwise, we won't do this again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Third lr

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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Loved my previous 2005 and 2008 LR3s. This is the best of all. Smoother, much quieter, significantly more powerful. Speeding ticket within 3 hours of ownership! Outside facelift is a huge improvement, much classier looking, head/taillights, grille. Inside, overall much nicer and higher quality except a few pieces, better leather, inside of doors is a huge improvement. Miss the old headrests with the handles on them, adjustable headrests should be better, but love the old handles. Off road is amazing, love climbing boulders in this thing. No significant problems in any of the 3 LRs. Gas mileage is a little worse than previous LR3s. Sound system is improved somewhat, nav also...both are fine.

Close to being perfect

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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Have driven 6000 miles in 5 months on all terrains and can't say enough about the comfort, utility and off road capability. The air suspension allowing the vehicle to be lowered makes getting in and out easy. Pickup with the powerful 8 cyl engine is great and one feels really safe in the LR4. Wish it had better fuel performance or the choice of a diesel engine. Otherwise nothing to complain about. Great car.

Buyer beware. i tried to

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Vehicle: 2010 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)

Great seats. Power when you need it. Awesome stereo, when it works. And therein lies the rub. Routinely the nav/stereo/phone would go out, no sound, no screen, etc. Been to the dealership 5x and they still didn't fix it (or replace 1 part). Sent letter to lr intl pursuant to lemon law. They arranged for 1 more opportunity to fix it. Didn't fix it. Acted up again requiring me to drive over for the 7th time (with company in town for dinner no less). In the process of trying to get my money back based on ky lemon law. Dealership has been great (not their fault) but lr intl who approves warranty repairs hasn't done jack. I'd never buy one. If asked, I'd tell my friends never to buy one

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