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Saturday 10 December 2016
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Test Drive: 2016 Land Rover LR4 HSE Lux Review

Test Drive: 2016 Land Rover LR4 HSE Lux Review

I don’t make it a secret that I am fan of Land Rovers, I’ve owned more of them than I can count.

The old rumors of poor quality are just that, rumors.  Today’s Rover is incredibly well built by Tata Motors based in India, although they are still assembled in the United Kingdom.

So today, I bring you a review and video of the 2016 Land Rover LR4 HSE Lux, short for luxury.


Every time I have one of these, I point out that Land Rover builds one of the most amazing 4-wheel drive systems in the auto industry. It will virtually climb a wall. The cool thing about a Rover is that even with all the off-road capability it has, it’s a very enjoyable SUV on paved streets, and offers one of the most luxurious interiors you will find in any SUV.

Under the hood you will find a 3.0-liter V6 that is supercharged and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is silky smooth upon heavy acceleration, and you can shift it from paddles on the steering wheel. It has 340-horses and 332 pound-feet of torque.  Just FYI, all Rovers are full-time 4-wheel drive and it has a ton of different settings, including hill descent control.  Acceleration on this vehicle is strong and steady, and you have the ability to substantially raise the vehicle if needed.

Looking inside, the interior is as nice as any SUV or luxury car I’ve ever been in. The mixture of leather and walnut is spectacular and the seats for the front passengers and second row passengers are comfortable with a ton of legroom. Due to the way the LR4 is shaped, any basketball player will have plenty of headroom. The LR4 has stadium seating, which means the second row is higher than the first, and the third row seat is even higher.  One great thing about this SUV is visibility for all occupants.

Earlier in the year, the LR4 came in a base package, HSE, and HSE Lux. My tester is the top-of-the-line HSE Lux.  A few months ago, they re-named the packages to base, the HSE Silver, and the top-of-the-line is Landmark.

With the Lux package, you get a third row seat, but there are some issues with it you should know about if you are looking for an SUV with a 3rd row seat. Legroom is tight unless you are a child, and the operation of the third row seats is primitive at best.  There is a cumbersome three-step process for each rear seat and frankly, they just are not very comfortable.  One good thing about the third row seat is it does fold down completely flat, and when folded down, the LR4 has a lot of cargo area, but virtually none when the third row seats are in the upright position.

Like all Land Rovers, they come completely loaded. My Aruba-colored test vehicle comes with all power accessories, steering wheel controls, a color monitor that operates everything including a host of apps and navigation system, Bluetooth, Meridian stereo, 19” alloy wheels, keyless entry, pushbutton start and three sunroofs. The front sunroof opens; the two rear sunroofs are fixed. You also get a terrific rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. 

The Lux package adds $10,200 to the $50,000 price of the base LR4, it also has the heavy duty package, tow package, and this paint color, while pretty, comes in at a ridiculous $1800.

The LR4 rides and drives great, it handles rough roads very smoothly, and the handling is terrific. It leans just a little too much for me in a tight turn, but that is going to happen with an SUV that is top-heavy like this one. Total weight of the vehicle is over 5600 pounds, towing capacity is 7700 pounds.   

In addition to luxury and utility features, the 2016 Land Rover LR4 is loaded with safety components including 8 side curtain airbags.  The LR4 also features a collapsible steering column and an inertia switch that unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump and turns on interior and hazard lights in case of an accident.

While there are many things about this vehicle I like, there are issues, too.  The poor setup of the third row seat is a big problem, and in my opinion, it is missing items that should be on any SUV priced over $65,000, such as blind spot warning, cooled seats, and adaptive cruise control.  Just on a personal note, the styling to me has gotten stale, although there are some rumors of a redesign for 2017 or 2018.

If you are a fan of the old all-steel ladder-type frame, this could be the SUV for you. This frame does give the LR4 a lot of stability, but it also adds a tremendous amount of weight, and it really hurts the fuel economy.

Speaking of, fuel economy is relatively poor at 15 in town and 19 on the highway, which I never quite reached.  MSRP is $66,570, which I frankly find to be too much for a vehicle that hasn’t changed a lot in the past decade.

  • What I liked most:  The interior and engine performance.
  • What I would change: The third row seating arrangement and the price.
  • MSRP: Base price $50,400 as equipped $66,570.
  • Fuel Economy: 15 City/19 Highway, 16 Combined.
  • Fuel Tank: 22.8 gallons
  • Dimensions: 190” long/87” wide/74” high.
  • Weight:  5600 Pounds.
  • Trailer Towing: 7700 Pounds
  • Miles When Tested:  9300 miles.
  • Final Assembly Point:  Solihull, United Kingdom
  • 2016 LR4 in a few words: Great driving SUV, but badly needs some updating.
  • Warranty:  4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance. 
  • Manufacturers website: Land Rover