Like every vehicle with a Land Rover badge, the midsize LR4 is best known for its uncanny ability to traverse the most demanding terrains: steep, slippery, rocky or loose. An LR4 manages such tasks while seating up to seven adults, and providing an abundant helping of luxury amenities and craftsmanship. Body-on-frame construction, a height-adjustable air suspension, and its standard Terrain Response system help make these feats possible.
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2016 Land Rover LR4 Overview
What's New for 2016
Except for one new body color, little has changed for the 2016 model year. The infotainment system has a refreshed home screen, said to offer convenient access to navigation, phone, and audio.
Choosing Your Land Rover LR4
All LR4 models use the same powertrain: a supercharged 3-liter V6 that develops 340 horsepower, mating with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The LR4 has a steel unibody mounted on a boxed full frame. Full-time four-wheel drive with a single-speed transfer case is standard. An optional Heavy Duty Package includes a two-speed transfer case with an active locking rear differential and rock-crawl mode, as well as a full-size spare tire.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response system helps increase traction when in four selectable surface conditions. The air suspension may be raised to increase ground clearance when off-road, or lowered to smooth the ride while rolling along solid pavement. Fuel economy is estimated at 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway (16 mpg combined).
Three abundantly-equipped trim levels are offered:
Any LR4 can be fitted with optional black lacquer interior trim (including matching steering wheel) and 20-inch wheels. A Black Design package includes black exterior trim and black 19- or 20-inch wheels.
Any LR4 delivers refinement and on-road comfort, as well as off-road expertise. Because the difference between trim levels is around $5,000, we recommend taking the middle ground and picking an HSE. That choice gives you navigation and seven-passenger capacity, as well as access to more safety features.
2016 Land Rover LR4 Review
The luxurious 2016 Land Rover LR4 offers supercharged power and plenty of off-road capability in a rather civilized up-to-seven-passenger package.
Pricing and Equipment
The supercharged V6-powered 2016 Land Rover LR4 is available in three trim levels; an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are standard.
LR4 models include:
- The nicely-equipped BASE LR4 which includes a 380-watt, 11-speaker Meridian audio system with CD and USB, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 19-inch wheels. Pricing starts at $50.400.
- The $55,300 LR4 HSE model adds a seven-seat comfort package, xenon headlamps, upgraded alloy wheels, hard disk drive navigation, front park distance control, passive keyless entry and a rearview camera.
- The top-trim LR4 HSE LUX includes everything listed with the HSE model, plus an 825-watt Meridian audio system, more leather touches throughout the interior, and technological goodies.
The 2016 Land Rover LR4’s supercharged 3-liter V6 engine produces 340-horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque; partnered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the duo is enough to catapult the three-row 6,000-pound SUV from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
- The LR4's height-adjustable air suspension offers four settings: Access, Standard, Off-Road, and Extended.
- The LR4's "Terrain Response" system allows the driver to adjust the traction control and various parameters of the LR4's suspension and drivetrain to suit various off-road conditions.
- Hill Start Assist helps the LR4 keep moving in the right direction when facing steep inclines.
- When properly equipped, the LR4 can tow up to 7,716 pounds.
- Ground clearance is an impressive 10.2 inches.
- The LR4 is a large SUV, thriving in the off-road environment rather than typical day-to-day commutes.
- Gas mileage is poor -- even with the new V6 engine, fuel economy is limited to 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
The LR4 lives up to the Land Rover reputation for building off-road vehicles with a higher level of luxury. The cabin is large and comfortable. Even in the BASE model, the seats are leather-trimmed, surfaces are soft touch, and the fit and finish is excellent.
- The first two rows of seating are roomy and the seats are very comfortable; long trips in either row are welcome occurrences.
- The cabin is quiet, even at highway speeds.
- The available technology in the luxury SUV is excellent, especially in the HSE and HSE LUX trim levels.
- Cargo space is substantial at 44.5 cubic feet, or 90.3 cubic feet with seats folded.
The third-row seating is cramped. Even though there is excellent head room, the inability to spread out will have even small children complaining that the space is too constrained and claustrophobia inducing.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The relatively inexpensive price tag found on the LR4 is refreshing in the current luxury SUV marketplace, especially for a brand with the upscale reputation like Land Rover.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The LR4 lacks the dynamic handling found in many of the luxury SUV’s competitors. While I enjoyed the high level of comfort while cruising along the highway, I found city driving to be too subdued for my taste.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a somewhat affordable five-plus-two passenger SUV that loves to be taken off-road, the 2016 Land Rover LR4 is worthy of consideration. I actually tried to get the LR4 stuck in some soft sand during my review and found it impossible. The luxurious cabin is bright, comfortable, and welcoming.
Keep in mind that the LR4 is a bit thirsty, but the excellent versatility and utility of Land Rover’s SUV may offset the additional cost of fuel.