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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
LR4 offers a commanding driving position
leather seating is firm but comfortable
Kelley Blue Book
vast cargo space
cargo space is to-die-for
Comfort and quality have to be dealt with in different ways with the 2010 Land Rover LR4.
For comfortable seating, the second-row passengers have it best. The LR4 requires a little taller step-in than crossover drivers will like, but the middle row has a good view of the world, and the bench seat is firm enough for long-distance comfort. ConsumerGuide calls it "unusually comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom."
In front, passengers get nicely shaped leather bucket seats with Land Rover's infinitely adjustable armrests-but they won't enjoy much room for their knees between the door panels and the wide center console. Car and Driver praises "the elevated seating position that places the driver high above traffic in the rarefied air of the Rover-sphere." According to Cars.com, "Eight-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats...are standard." The reviewer also notes that the "seats are comfortable and supportive despite firm cushioning." Jalopnik says the new optional seat has side bolstering, "a must-have for off-roading in order to avoid smacking your left side into the door on sudden, steep sideways descents," and compliments the "infinite-adjusting arm rests" for their user-friendly action.
"There are new seats for the first and second row passengers," Automobile reports, "but not for those forced to ride in the optional third row." The carry-over optional third-row seat is strictly for children, but the "pedestal" seating position and the LR4's elevated roof means a little more headroom and adult-sized room in an emergency. It's very difficult to access, but it tucks away nicely when not in use. Kelley Blue Book comments, "although the third row offers decent room, the seating mechanisms aren't as slick and easy to operate as we've experienced in the competition."
Instead of a third-row seat, five-passenger versions of the LR4 have a large cargo hold instead, and all LR4s have decent console and cubby storage, as well as a shallow top glove box teamed with a larger, lower compartment. Edmunds notes, "in terms of everyday usability, the LR4 shines, with fold-flat second- and third-row seats, and a vast cargo space with a maximum of 90 available cubic feet." MotherProof declares that cargo space is "to-die-for," remarking that they "shoved so much into the back of this car, and it swallowed everything and even seemed to want more." They also point out "two glove compartments and mucho cupholders."
The LR3 had a reputation for unreliable operation, and the LR4 swaps in new electronic controls for the entire vehicle and a new engine-so buyers should understand both before signing on. However, interior quality and fit and finish are good. ConsumerGuide notes that "interior materials are of high quality," and Edmunds admires the "comfortable and well-appointed interior," but they remind drivers "testing experiences have shown that build quality isn't universally solid"-as does Motor Trend, which concludes "our most serious misgivings are on the reliability front."
The 2010 Land Rover LR4 seats five comfortably; the third-row option has decent room but is tough to access. Reliability is a concern.