2013 Land Rover LR4 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Land Rover LR4 was new.
The 2013 LR4’s cabin receives praise from most reviewers for its high-end materials, attractive design and spacious, comfortable seats. One critic notes some inconsistent panel gaps and low-quality materials, though. Most test drivers dislike the LR4’s tech features, saying they’re hard to use and slow to respond to inputs.
- "High marks for its general appearance—elegant wood trim, hides from upper-crust cattle, handsome stitching—with demerits for inconsistent panel gaps, unseemly creaks, and a flimsy sunshade beneath the glass sunroof." -- Car and Driver (2011)
- "LR4 skews more toward ‘luxury cabin in the woods’ versus the ‘upscale urban high-rise’ vibe of its Range Rover-branded cousins." -- Consumer Guide
- "As with other SUVs this price, the interior is all about luxury. Though there's plastic, it's the highly padded variety. Rich wood trim warms up the otherwise austere black cabin. Bright metal trim around the gauges and vents also classes things up." -- Cars.com (2012)
The Land Rover LR4 seats five, and buyers can add an optional third row that brings seating capacity to seven. Leather seats are standard and upgraded leather upholstery is available. Most critics agree that there is plenty of room inside the LR4 and that the seats are comfortable. They note that the high driving position gives a great view of the road. One reviewer says there was barely any front-seat passenger legroom once she installed a rear-facing child seat behind it. She wishes the second-row seats slid back or recline like they do in some other SUVs to provide more room.
- "LR4 offers a commanding driving position with comfortable and upright seats. … Excellent visibility is aided by the available surround-view camera. …The 2nd-row seat is comfortable, with more than adequate headroom and legroom. … Access to the 3rd row is complicated by the tall step up and a narrow pass-through. Space back there is suitable only for kids." -- Consumer Guide
- "One bright spot is the position of the Latch anchors for child-safety seats. The metal brackets in the second row seats are visible, allowing for easy installation of my convertible child seat. The love affair ends there, however. After getting the rear-facing seat in, I realized that my front passenger's legroom was hugely compromised. Because the second row doesn't slide or recline, the child seat took up so much space the front seat had to be moved far forward to accommodate it. Again, not something I expected in a vehicle this large. Neither did my husband, whose knees were practically in the glove box." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "Fortunately, the seats themselves were quite comfortable, with their adjustable armrests, lumbar support, and heated and cooled surfaces." -- CNET (2011)
The 2013 LR4 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated mirrors, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, an auxiliary jack and an 11-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system with an amplifier and subwoofer. Available features include walnut trim, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a more powerful 17-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, a rear-seat DVD system, a center console cooler box, a heated front windshield, heated seats for the first two rows, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, a five-camera surround camera system and a third row of seats.
Although the LR4 has plenty of standard and available tech features, test drivers are disappointed with their functionality. Reviewers dislike the available navigation system, saying it is slow to respond to inputs and has outdated graphics. They also note that you have to go through several menus in the touch screen to find the feature you’re looking for, which can take longer than they’d like. One critic is disappointed with the Bluetooth, saying it was confusing to connect to the phone and admits he had to use the vehicle’s instruction manual to set it up.
- "I was unimpressed with the navigation system. The small touch-screen and outdated graphics felt out of place in the otherwise opulent cabin, and there's a delayed response when you touch the screen. It couldn't find the two addresses I inputted, including my home address. I'm sure it exists." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "While the physical instruments are large, their markings are small and sometimes hard to decipher at a glance. The most commonly used controls are separate from the available navigation system, which is a plus. Many secondary functions, though, require going through the dashboard mounted touchscreen. Getting to those portions of the audio system can require drilling through several menus, which takes more time than it really should. The off-road systems are a bit cryptic, but dealers should provide the necessary tutorials. … The LUX's center cool box is a thoughtful touch." -- Consumer Guide
- "The cabin technologies we like to see are there, but they leave much to be desired where usability is concerned. … For example, while setting up Bluetooth hands-free calling, we ended up having to break out the user manual due to the system's complete lack of visual or audible prompts. For techies such as ourselves, having to dig for the manual is truly a humbling experience." -- CNET (2011)
- "The nav system was unpopular because of its slow touch-screen responses." -- Car and Driver (2011)
The 2013 Land Rover LR4 can only hold 9.9 cubic feet of cargo behind its optional third row. When the second row is folded, there is 42.1 cubic feet of space, and behind the first row, maximum cargo capacity reaches 90.3 cubic feet. Overall, critics think there is plenty of cargo room when you fold the seats down, but they’re somewhat divided on the LR4’s tailgate. Some dislike the two-piece hatch because the lower portion sticks out too far and makes it harder to load cargo, while others like the flexible setup.
- "Both rear rows of seats fold flat to create a spacious load floor. The clamshell-style tailgate is the subject of debate: Some testers praise its versatility, while others say the bottom part sticks out too far, complicating loading and unloading. There are numerous useful bins and cubbies in the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
- "Getting luggage in can also be tricky, thanks to the LR4's two-level hatch. The liftgate first opens upward, then a button releases the tailgate. It's awkward to load and access packages while leaning over the tailgate. Annoyingly, a remote or power-opening option isn't available." -- Cars.com (2012)