Land Rover LR4

The Land Rover has only recently made a splash in the United States, mainly due to the Range Rover line, as well as the Discovery. The Discovery, better known as the L4 in the States, is a midsize SUV first introduced in 2009.

The Land Rover company currently produces the L4 in North America.

More on the Land Rover LR4
About the Land Rover L4

The Land Rover L4 is known for its impressive off-road capabilities and hauling power. Although not as tough as the Hardtop 90 or 110, it is still an SUV for those who want a power performer.

Land Rover L4 Features

The 2012 L4 is available in three trim levels: the LR4, the HSE, and the HSE LUX.

The LR4 is the base model. Standard 19-inch seven-spoke alloy rims come standard, and 20-inch 10 split-spoke and 20-inch five-spoke wheels are optional.

Inside the LR4, the buyer can get an attractive grain wood finish or an equally-attractive black lacquer. Seats have a height and lumbar adjustment. The leather steering wheel is placed high above the road, giving the consumer what Land Rover calls a ""command"" position over the road.

Underneath the hood is a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with six-speed ZF automatic transmission. This allows the heavy 5,700-pound L4 to go zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 121 mph. To keep the vehicle on the road a Dynamic Stability Control system is installed as well as Roll Stability Control. A Trailer Stability Assist is also included.

The LR4 has a lot of safety options as well. Six aid bags including side curtain and side thorax air bags are standard. Electronic brake assist, perimetric alarm system and push button start keeps your car secure. ABS is also standard. The LR4 has hill descend control, four-wheel traction control, and four-corner air suspension. The car also has remote steering wheel audio controls, telephone integration, a touchscreen on the dash, and Harman Kardon speakers.

The HSE has a few extra features available. Heated steering wheel, rear climate control, and dual climate control are offered as options. Passive keyless entry is standard, increasing security of the car.

The HSE LUX provides all of the climate controls offered optional on the lower modes as well as an alpine roof, interior mood lighting, a center console with leather lid and other interior amenities.

Land Rover L4 Evolution

The L4 is the successor of the L3 Land Rover. Although the exterior of the vehicle stayed almost the same, inside the L4 was an improvement over the previous model.

The L4 was the first vehicle in the fleet to include daytime running lights. The L4 also received a new engine at its release: the TDV-6 Gen III 2.7-liter. The Gen III engines have advanced turbo-chargers with Variable geometry. The turbocharged engine has an increased output while also reducing CO2 emissions by 10 percent.

Instead of the old six-speed manual transmission, the ZF six-speed transmission was made standard. This increased the hauling capabilities of the vehicle, since the new transmission was able to handle the increased torque of the Gen III. Better brakes were installed on the vehicle as well as anti-roll bars to prevent the passengers from being crushed during an accident. The electronic handling system made standard on the L4 also increased safety by detecting understeer on the vehicle. When understeer is present the electronic handling kicks in the brakes to prevent fishtailing and spin outs. Locking differential on the air suspension system was made standard on the L4, and a rear-locking differential was offered as an option.

The interior also received a new design. The instrument panel was redesigned to appear clearer and user friendly. All the old electronic controls were replaced by a touchscreen, allowing more precise adjustments than previously realized. The center console was also redesigned. The seat was revamped as well.

The L4 also received parking cameras on the bumpers allowing the driver a better view when parking in difficult situations.

Trim options on the L4 were also increased to allow the consumer a wider variety when selecting the look of their vehicle.

In 2011, the 2.7-liter engine offered on previous models was dropped and two 3.0-liter models, the TDV-6 and the SDV-6 were made optional.

The L4 is a pricy option when looking for an SUV. If you’re looking for an off-road vehicle that can also handle the pavement, the L4 may be the vehicle for you. It does offer luxury to boot. Try to find the most recent L4 if possible; some of the earlier models are known more for their time in the repair shop than on the road.

Select a Land Rover LR4 Year

2016 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2015 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2014 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2013 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 has sold over 1 million units for a reason.

2012 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

After going through minor changes to the adjustable Terrain Response System last year the LR4 remains unchanged for the 2012 model year.

2011 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2011 Land Rover LR4 is a full-time all-wheel drive, midsize luxury SUV that can go comfortably from city streets to offroad adventures without missing a beat.

2010 Land Rover LR4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

As noted, the LR4 is a thorough refresh of the highly praised LR3 that preceded it. Everything is better -- including the much-appreciated horsepower increase. This beauty will easily carry seven adults, too.