2010 Land Rover LR4 Performance
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Thanks to a new engine, as well as braking, steering and suspension improvements, the 2010 Land Rover LR4 offers better on-road performance than ever, while continuing to shine off the beaten path.
- "To alleviate the clumsiness, Land Rover redesigned the LR4's front suspension, increased the stiffness of the anti-roll bars, and retuned the dampers. The results are better body control, reduced body roll, and improved compliance and ride quality." -- Car and Driver
- "Turning the steering wheel at speed feels natural, and it's easy to appreciate the improvements. The large 7-passenger SUV responds naturally, being neither overly stiff nor floaty." -- Road and Track
Acceleration and Power
The LR4 features a new 5.0-liter V8 engine, which it shares with Jaguar and other Land Rover models. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The new V8 makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, which is a big improvement over the previous 4.4-liter V8s. Thanks to new direct-injection technology, the added power doesn't take a toll on fuel economy, which remains unchanged. According to the EPA, the LR4 is expected to net 12 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway.
- "Our drive from Edinburgh to the Duke's crib included a mix of freeway, twisty, and hilly roads, on which the LR4 exhibited a carriage-to-chariot level improvement in acceleration feel, with way more midrange punch and a more pleasing engine note." -- Motor Trend
- "This isn't acceleration that will lead anyone to confuse the LR4 with a sports car, but we'd say that the power has made the transition from insufficient to sufficient." -- Car and Driver
- "Indeed, our test LR4 accelerated like a much lighter vehicle. Land Rover predicts a 7.5-second 0-60-mph performance, which would be more than 1 second quicker than the LR3. We'll have to wait until later to confirm this, but in Scotland our LR4 had no trouble reaching highway speeds without working hard." -- Edmunds
- "A new 5.0-liter V-8 engine shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is the sole engine, but it's a good one." -- Road and Track
Handling and Braking
Test drivers find the 2010 LR4 especially nimble for its size. Additionally, reviewers say the LR4 has a more comfortable on-road ride than ever, thanks to suspension and steering improvements.
- "The LR4 now absorbs bumps better, and its responses from the helm are quicker and without the lumbering pauses that befell the LR3. Larger brakes at each corner are another change that gives the LR4 a more agile feel." -- Car and Driver
- "Although the LR4 corners flatter than an LR3, there is still a considerable amount of body roll present in a turn." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Happily, most of our sinuous, oddly cambered route through the Scottish Borderlands is a good test of these changes, and our LR4 feels lighter on its feet than its 5,833 pounds would suggest, especially because there's a reduction in head toss and that top-heavy feeling that comes from driving off-road in a tall, boxy vehicle." -- Edmunds
- "We know better than to expect much steering feel from a dedicated off-roader (that extremely geared-to-the-road feel can tend to result in kickback that could take a thumb off when you're rock-climbing), but the effort and weighting feels about right." -- Motor Trend
- "Standard 19-in. wheels house large brakes, which felt secure and capable even when compared to the Brembos of the supercharged Range Rover Sport." -- Road and Track
Though few would consider this upscale SUV a rugged machine, the 2010 LR4 excels when it's taken off the pavement. For 2010, the LR4 features an improved Terrain Response System with revised sand-driving and rock-crawling modes. It also gets a gradient release control feature for its hill descent control system, which is designed to apply varied brake and accelerator pressure to help achieve acceleration gradually and more smoothly on specific types of terrain.
- "Vital parts like the alternator, air conditioning, power steering pump, and starter motor have been waterproofed to aid in the LR4's water fording abilities. Speaking of water fording, it's important to remember off-road ability is a cornerstone of the Land Rover brand. All Land Rovers are basically very luxurious British Jeeps, not pretentious luxury trucks." -- Automobile Magazine
- "By placing the Land Rover's Terrain Response system into the appropriate setting (general driving, grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, rock crawling), the LR4 basically takes care of lifting the vehicle and tailors the throttle response and shift patterns to suit the conditions. Coupled with the excellent traction-control system and the automatically locking center and rear differentials, the LR4 makes it easy to take advantage of the available traction." -- Car and Driver