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TheCarConnection.com's editors tested the 2010 Land Rover LR4 and have written this road-test summary from firsthand driving impressions. Editors compared the LR4 with other off-road SUVs and assembled a companion full review that digests opinions from other car reviews into a comprehensive, easy-to-read review.
The 2010 Land Rover LR4 returns for the new model year with its new name; last year, you knew it as the LR3. With the new initials comes a revised powertrain lineup of big V-8 engines, some cosmetic tweaks to its skin, and a revamped interior with a warm, upscale feel. The 2010 LR4 carries a base price of about $48,000 and competes most closely with the BMW X5, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the Audi Q7, the Volkswagen Touareg, and the Lexus GX 470.
It's been slightly tweaked for the new model year, but the LR4's styling mostly stays true to the former LR3. The upright, safari-chic look shares plenty with the smaller LR2 and the big Range Rover-though it's certainly the most vertically inclined. The cosmetic updates include painted bumpers, a new honeycomb grille, new headlamps, and tail lights. The LR4's interior earns the new-model name; it's completely fresh and swaps out the plasticky bits of the LR3 for a suave leather-trimmed dash with rich wood trim, softer-touch materials, and far more logical placement of controls. High-end trims get perks like walnut trim and premium leather with new stitching.
The LR4 sheds all its old Ford and BMW heritage (both companies owned the brand in the past) by adopting a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine. With 375 horsepower-75 hp more than last year's model-the LR4 feels almost fleet and nimble, with plenty of power to move it to 60 mph in under 7.5 seconds. A six-speed automatic transmission teams with four-wheel drive in a body that weighs nearly 6,000 pounds-which explains the LR4's dismal 12/17 mpg fuel economy. Rover fans know real-world driving will run toward the lower end of that scale.