2012 Land Rover LR4 vs. Its Competition

2011 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The closest rival to the LR4, in terms of price and luxury, is the Audi Q7.

Truly, the Q7 is a polar opposite of the LR4, though, with its sleek aero silhouette, its low stance, its more accessible third-row seat, and its modern perspective on off-road performance.

The Volkswagen Touareg is a little more closely matched, as it's positioned with a little more emphasis toward trucklike ability, while the Porsche Cayenne is the high-performance pick--a bit lighter and more road-oriented.

The Lexus GX 470 was new last year; like the LR4, its appeal is a rather narrow band that wants some off-road ability with a boutique interior.

The Mercedes M-Class offers another intriguing alternative for those who are conscious about gas-guzzling: the diesel ML350 Bluetec, which is much more fuel-efficient and has a beautiful new interior and improved refinement for 2012.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a burly off-roader with a luxurious, high-class interior; just don't expect it to handle or perform like a car or crossover.
8.6
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
7.6
The 2012 GX 460 is a good pick for those who need the serious towing ability of a body-on-frame SUV, along with the refinement of a Lexus. But gas mileage is dismal, and it has some pretty critical packaging flaws that limit its usefulness.
8.6
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
8.2
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne comes equipped to take on a rugged trail, the racetrack, and child ferrying, all in the same day.
8.0
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
MSRP From     
$48,900$46,250$53,245$48,990$48,200$43,375
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4WD 4-Door LUX Limited Editionquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Door Manual4-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
577555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4-Door SUV4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift