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you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for its big brother, the Range Rover
Kelley Blue Book
offers an unparalleled rugged image
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. Edmunds says the Land Rover LR4 "offers an unparalleled rugged image." The "upright, angular" look, with "short overhangs and a large greenhouse are familiar touches," Cars.com remarks, as it compares the LR4's "face and a split tailgate" to those of the "company's flagship Range Rover." Kelley Blue Book notes that "viewed from the front, you'd be forgiven for mistaking [it] for its big brother, the Range Rover." The cosmetic updates for 2010 include "new tail lights, a two-bar mesh grille (with matching fender vents - ooh!) and new front bumper and fenders," Jalopnik observes. The "black plastic exterior cladding goes body color and the front and rear lighting includes jewellike LEDs," Motor Trend adds, while Automobile reports, "The overall affects of the freshening are very slight and aren't immediately obvious unless the LR4 is parked right next to an LR3."
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. Reviewers that had no qualms complimenting the LR3's interior are shifting opinions after seeing the new LR4. Jalopnik recalls the old LR3's "straight-from-the-parts-bin interior" that "seemed to borrow more from the Ford parts bin than a luxury vehicle ought to," and credits the new design with a look that "approaches luxury rather than sidestepping it to save money." It's "a richer and more premium environment that is nearly on par with the top-of-the-line Range Rover," Car and Driver reports, and Motor Trend points out the details that give it the richer look, like "all ambient lighting, soft-touch surfaces, and available premium leather with stitching of Range-Rover quality." With the big changes inside, Edmunds asserts, the LR4 "looks like an entirely new vehicle, from the inside at least."
The 2010 Land Rover LR4 shows a softer inside to go with its rugged good looks.