Go
2015 Land Rover LR4 Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$45,864
BASE MSRP
$50,400
On Performance
Truly in its element off-road but not completely clumsy on-road, the 2015 Land Rover LR4 is a performance pick for off-road purists.
7.0 out of 10
Shopping for a New Land Rover?
See your Price
Shopping for a new Land Rover LR4?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE

PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

for such a large car the LR4 really moves gracefully and with little strain
Winding Road

responses from the helm are quicker and without the lumbering pauses that befell the LR3
Car and Driver

We actually prefer the feel and weight of the LR4's steering to that of the hyper-sensitive Range Rover Sport or ultra-insulated Range Rover.
Automobile Magazine

its turning radius is fantastically small
Cars.com

handles predictably and can be pushed harder than anyone has the right to expect from something this heavy
Popular Mechanics

Last year heralded an all-new powertrain for the LR4. While we said that the previous V-8 didn't really leave much room for improvement, fuel efficiency was its obvious sore point; and with a new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering just as much (if not more) real-world punch while being stingier on gas, that's been addressed.

Altogether there's a lot of inherent goodness in the LR4 -- provided you're willing to live with some of its on-the-road compromises. It offers ample power, rugged off-road ability, and comfortable (not quite nimble) off-road performance -- all countered with on-the-road handling that is by no means clumsy, yet not quite on the same level as now-popular crossovers.

For 2015, the sole engine for the LR4 remains a 3.0-liter V-6; direct injection, supercharging, dual-independent variable cam timing, and a high (10.5:1) compression ratio, it's quite the modern engine, and makes 340 horsepower and a peak 332 pound-feet of torque. It'll pull 0-60 mph times of around 7.5 seconds -- almost as quick as the V-8 model that preceded it -- while the ZF automatic transmission shifts smoothly and is prompt to downshift whenever needed.

That transmission is now shifted via a dial on the center console, while steering-wheel paddles can command individual shifts. It's a clever, almost jewel-like setup, with the shift knob 'disappearing,' flush with the center console when you turn off the ignition.

The 2015 LR4 is definitely not a crossover, and at around 6,000 pounds and one of the taller, most upright SUVs on the market, it won't be mistaken for one. But for a vehicle that approaches 6,000 pounds, it's a little more deft and athletic than you might think in the first few minutes that you're behind the wheel. First impressions lead you to think that the LR4 is a little tipsy, but as you find with more driving, it's more an adjustment in mindset due to the high driving position and tall sides.

Once you're past that, you'll find cornering surprisingly good, owing to the LR4's fully independent suspension and height-adjustable air springs. Body roll is noticeable, however, and the steering is vague and numb enough to discourage any spirited on-road driving. All in, the LR4 is capable and comfortable on the road, but it makes its size and weight, as well as its off-road intent, known.

As another by-product of all that height, and the tall tires and off-road kit, you'll find quite a bit of nosedive when braking hard; pedal feel has been much improved in recent years, however, compared to Land Rovers of the past.

The LR4 really hits its stride once the pavement ends; and in addition to that capable suspension, the 2015 Land Rover LR4 packs Land Rover's brilliant off-road electronics, including Terrain Response, which lets the driver set the traction control and other drivetrain parameters to suit the grip conditions--with handily labeled modes like "mud and ruts" or "sand and dunes." 

A central-locking differential engages when conditions warrant maximum grip, and Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control modes, which help tackle steep slopes that are either loose or slippery.

Two off-road setups are offered. The base system has a single-speed Torsen transfer case, while with the Heavy Duty Package you get a two-speed transfer case with active-locking rear differential and full-size spare.

Towing capability is strong, too -- up to 7,716 pounds, properly equipped with a braked trailer.

 

 

Conclusion

Truly in its element off-road but not completely clumsy on-road, the 2015 Land Rover LR4 is a performance pick for off-road purists.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Other Choices Read More
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.