2010 Land Rover LR4 vs. Its Competition

2010 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty 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.

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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 Lexus GX 470 brings off-road credentials to the Lexus brand, but its skimpy rear-seat room and sluggish performance tarnish the image.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas 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 V8 LUXAWD 4-Door 35iAWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.6L4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
All Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4-Door SUV4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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