2010 Land Rover LR4 vs. Its Competition

2010 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The VW Group builds three SUVs that compete directly with the Land Rover LR4.

Closest is the Audi Q7, which is a polar opposite of the LR4 with its sleek aero silhouette, its low stance, its more accessible third-row seat, and its modern perspective on off-road performance.

The Volkswagen Touareg is similar, though only a five-seater, while the Porsche Cayenne is a bit lighter and more road-oriented.

Two of those vehicles offer fuel-conscious diesels.

The five-passenger Mercedes M-Class offers another intriguing alternative for those who are conscious about gas-guzzling: the diesel ML320 CDI, which gets 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.

The BMW X5 has a slightly higher price tag but also offers a third-row seat and, this year, adds a high-performance M version.

Lastly, the Lexus GX 470 is new for 2010, and in an interesting turn of events, dials back its styling to a more straight-edged era, keeping its tall, narrow body and its five- or seven-passenger capability.

2010 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View2010 Land Rover LR4
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2011 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW X5
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2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS2009 Porsche Cayenne
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2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML5502008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Land Rover LR4 takes on tough terrain with ease, and it's become more adept at imparting a carlike driving feel.
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Diesel I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4WD 4-Door V8AWD 4-Door 35dAWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.6L4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L4-Door V6
All Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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