The Boxy Classic from the Country of our Dear Queen
This Land Rover is unique for me. The LR4 was one the vehicles I could test at both ends of the seasonal spectrum. In June last year, that is in midi hot summer, I drove the British icon around the GTA and in the Niagara Region both on and off-road. After a couple of months and one model year, the Land Rover was ready to be tested on the salty, icy and snowy surfaces from Toronto to Hamilton.
This time I sat behind the steering wheel of the top-of-line LUX version with the same engine. Due to the weather, the all-terrain, all purpose Land Rover, arguably the best off-road vehicle had a better chance to show its abilities.
With a price tag of just short of 87 thousand (including all the options worth of 14 thousand), this boxy machine costs as much as the total price of two, well equipped mass-market SUV’s or top-of the-line midsize sedans.
The LR4 features a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine with Intelligent Stop-Start capabilities that produces 340 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. A smooth-shifting eight-speed ZF automatic transmission,-a German signature in this Indian-owned British vehicle-keeps the engine in the sweet spot, while a single speed transfer case 4WD system helps deliver power to the ground at all four corners. A two-speed transfer case 4WD system is available for the more adventurous buyer.
The integrated body-frame construction helps it deliver such a smooth handling, and on-road comfort, you wouldn’t believe that the LR4 is also one of the most capable off-roaders. Four-wheel independent, height-adjustable air suspension, and Land Rover’s innovative Terrain Response system enhances all-terrain performance. It drives you to an inevitable conclusion: “I would drive this vehicle anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances.”
In terms of design, the LR4 (Discovery in Europe) is not the most modern model of the range. Also aerodynamically, it is not the ideal vehicle of today’s design interpretation. however, it comes with the bonus of a big, comfortable interior, almost perfect room economy and very good visibility. One weird thing I took note was doors: Yes, I said doors. It surprised me that it was almost always a problem to properly close the doors. An unexpected issue for such a solidly built vehicle.
I drove the LR4 for more than 600 kilometers, half of this mileage was recorded under heavily winter conditions without any problems but a lot of driving pleasure. The downside is an average consumption of nearly 15 liters. The owner, who can afford this vehicle, wouldn’t probably bother about this.
If you need or want a vehicle with the utmost off-road capabilities, a history of pride and good reputation, this Land Rover will probably be your ultimate choice.
Type of vehicle All-whell drive SUV
Power 3.0, V6-gasoline engine, supercharged, 340 HP
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $72.990 / $86,665
Destination charge $1,575
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Extended Leather Package: $1,100, Black Design Packafge with 20″ Alloys: $3,500, 7 Seat Premium Leather: $2,500, Tow Package: $650, Vision Assist Package: 2,100, Heavy Duty Package: $1,500, Grand Lacquer Wood Trim: $500, Retractable Cargo Cover: $150,
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media
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