2011 Land Rover LR4 vs. Its Competition

2011 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

The Lexus GX 470 was new last year, 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.

2011 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door V8 Angular Front Exterior View2011 Land Rover LR4
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2011 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW X5
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2011 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus GX 460
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2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class RWD 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid2011 Porsche Cayenne
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2011 Land Rover LR4 takes on tough terrain with ease, and it's become more adept at imparting a carlike driving feel.
8.6
With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image.
8.4
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.
7.8
The 2011 Lexus GX 470 is refined, comfortable, and ready for off-roading or towing; cargo versatility is sorely lacking compared to other SUVs, though.
8.6
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
8.2
The new 2011 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few vehicles you can take off-road and out to the track on the same day; it's leaner and more athletic than before, without giving up the off-road ability.
MSRP From     
$47,650$46,250$46,300$53,045$46,490$47,700
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas Supercharged V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name     
4WD 4-Door V8quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35i4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Door Manual
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575755
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4-Door SUV4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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