2016 LR4 New Car Test Drive
The Land Rover LR4 is the classic Land Rover, an authentic off-road vehicle with a brashly squared-off profile and British character.
The Land Rover LR4 is tough and capable after leaving the pavement far behind. Yet it's also comfortable, and laden with conveniences. The LR4 can carry more passengers than other Land Rovers, seating seven or five, depending on configuration.
All Land Rover LR4 models come with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Generating 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the V6 is capable of delivering solid punch, including 0-60 mph acceleration in about 7.5 seconds.
Full-time four-wheel drive is standard, but two configurations are available: The standard system uses a one-speed Torsen transfer case. With the Heavy Duty Package, you get a two-speed transfer case with active-locking rear differential, plus a full-size spare tire. When properly equipped, with a braked trailer, towing capability can reach 7,716 pounds.
As for fuel economy, figure on being a frequent customer at the local gas station. Weighing nearly three tons, the LR4 is EPA-rated at 15/19 mpg City/Highway, which is not the worst imaginable, and more fuel-efficient than the old V8, yet hardly frugal. A standard Intelligent Stop/Start feature uses a twin-solenoid starter to shut the engine off at stoplights.
The LR4's height-adjustable air suspension offers four settings: Normal (for highway use), Access (for loading/unloading), Off-Road, and Extended. Each LR4 has plenty of valuable off-road electronics, including Terrain Response, which lets drivers set traction control and other drivetrain parameters to suit grip conditions. When peak grip is needed, a central-locking differential engages. Gradient Acceleration Control and Hill Start Assist modes help tackle steep slopes.
For the 2016 model year, the infotainment system gets a new screen with easier access to navigation, phone, and audio commands. An available suite of InControl Apps includes internet radio, media streaming, location services, and navigation through smartphone-based apps. The current generation LR4 was launched as a 2010 model.
Land Rover LR4 comes in standard, HSE, and HSE LUX trim levels. The LR4 ($50,400) comes standard with two seating rows, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensor, rearview camera, Bluetooth, side steps, sunroof, 11-speaker, 380-watt Meridian audio; and 19-inch alloy wheels. Seven-passenger seating is optional ($1,250).
HSE ($55,300) gets seven-passenger seating, power-folding mirrors, navigation with traffic alerts, and xenon headlights. HSE LUX ($60,600) provides even more luxury, with a center console cooler box, interior mood lighting, and 825-watt 17-speaker Meridian audio. Options include a Black Design Package with 19- or 20-inch wheels; Rear Seat Entertainment System with dual eight-inch screens; Vision Assist, including surround-view cameras and blind-spot monitoring; Adaptive Cruise Control with collision mitigation; and the InControl Apps suite.
Curtain airbags and side airbags are standard. Seven-seat models come with separate side-curtain bags to protect rearmost occupants.