By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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From the 2009 New York Auto Show, Cars.com's Patrick Olsen takes a look at the 2010 Land Rover LR4. It competes with the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.-
<v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Patrick Olsen, suburban dad for Cars.c
om and we're in New York City at the New York Auto Show, looking at the all-new Land Rover LR4, it replaces the LR3, and there's not a lot of differences, but there's some significant ones. And we'll take you through them. One of the most noticeable changes for the LR4, over the LR3 is the grill. In the LR3 there were two slats outdoor and a sand body color. Now it's got a grill that's more reminiscent of the rest of the Land Rover lineup. The LR4 gets a new steering wheel from the LR3, and also there are new redesigned controls all through the dash. The LR4 second row is pretty comfortable. The seats are pretty supportive and there's plenty of leg room. Now getting in the third row though, it's a different story. First, you've got to flip the seat down, and then pull the tab in the back, to get the seat out of the way. That's not very intuitive. As you can see, the LR4 has third row stadium seating. That's great for whoever has to sit back there. It gives them a better view of the road. On the downside though, those seats look pretty flimsy and probably are best suited for children. Land Rover makes the choice easy for you. Either you wanna carry three rows of people or you want to carry cargo. The reason for that is with a third row up, you're not gonna get any cargo at all into this car, but with the third row down, you can get quite a lot of cargo in here. On the flip side, getting that third row down can be a chore. So first you've got to pull this thread, pull the seat out of the way, lift this lever, reach each way back, pull the seat down. That's great. It gives you a flat load floor. Getting that third row back into position, there's no picnic either. You've gotta reach the latch, pop the seat, release the bottom seat, and flip it back into place. While the LR4 is a new name, it's changes compared to the LR3 are mostly cosmetic. Now that being said, it does get a new V8 engine that's more powerful than its predecessor. It's also supposed to have a new suspension, but we haven't yet been able to try it out. Once we do, we'll let you know. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to Cars.com or our blog, Kickingtires.net.