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a cleaner and less utilitarian lookCar and Driver »
The overall affects of the freshening are very slight and aren't immediately obvious unless the LR4 is parked right next to an LR3Automobile Magazine »
exterior styling continues to evoke the LR4's boxy forefather, the Land Rover Discovery, but in a thoroughly modern wayEdmunds »
has an interior that is both practical and luxurious, and more in keeping with its cousins from JaguarNew York Times »
STYLING | 8 out of 10
a cleaner and less utilitarian look
Car and Driver
The overall affects of the freshening are very slight and aren't immediately obvious unless the LR4 is parked right next to an LR3
exterior styling continues to evoke the LR4's boxy forefather, the Land Rover Discovery, but in a thoroughly modern way
has an interior that is both practical and luxurious, and more in keeping with its cousins from Jaguar
New York Times
Frankly, this car makes some Audis look a bit drab and plasticky.
Even taking the iconic Range Rover into account, the LR4 is the most conventional, conservative-looking SUV Land Rover builds. From its earliest days as a Discovery, to last generation's LR3 badge, to now, the LR4 has banked on authentic, rugged appeal to distinguish it from the onslaught of car-based crossovers and their sexier curves and cues.
To our eyes, the LR4 works very well. It's safari chic done well--the boxy, tall body underplays its roots where other SUVs go the comical route. It fits in the Range Rover lineup easily, but it's easy to pick it out of the lineup thanks to the bump-up in its rear end. Gradual updates in 2010 and 2011 have refined the grille and taillamps, without inflicting too much radical change.The interior of the LR4 excels in the details—something that wasn't necessarily true with its predecessor, the LR3. It feels fresh, as it 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.
That said, just as in other Land Rovers, the interior is still a little busy, with more individual buttons than other luxury vehicles. There's been less condensing controls into a centralized interface—a trend that's followed the popularity of smartphones and the like—but many will appreciate it.
It's a sport-ute in the classic mold, but the Land Rover LR4 doesn't lack for modern, tasteful details.