Land Rover Nashville LR4 Review: Rugged Elegance

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I loved driving the rugged, but luxurious, LR4. View all my photos from our Land Rover Nashville LR4 Test Drive weekend on Flickr.

Although I’m not necessarily an outdoorsy girl, I do love outdoorsy vehicles. That’s why I jumped at the chance to test drive a beautiful 2011 Land Rover LR4 from Land Rover Nashville, located in Brentwood.

Underneath the hood, the LR4 boasts a powerful V8 engine, meaning I had no trouble merging on to the interstate on the way to my daughter’s busy soccer tournament weekend! This is an all-terrain vehicle, with all the bells and whistles one might need plus a roomy and comfortable interior. Speaking of the interior, I loved the leather seats and my girls loved the triple, yes triple, sunroofs.

This is the first Land Rover I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving and I found it to be an easy, comfortable ride and drive. It’s not too unwieldy for parking in tight retail store parking spaces and it has plenty of storage. The LR4 has a third row of seats that boast the same comfortable, and beautiful, leather as the rest of the interior, making it a comfortable ride for seven passengers, and not just kids as the third row is quite spacious even for adults. By folding down the optional third row of seats, we had more than enough space for our three suitcases, camping chairs, and soccer gear needed for an overnight stay during my daughter’s soccer tournament.

Although the vehicle is tall, my girls are older now (6 and 9) and they had no trouble getting in and out of the LR4. I’m also vertically challenged, at just under 5 ft. 2 inches tall, but the driver’s seat was easily adjustable and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the size of the LR4, which is a big plus in my book.

The down side, as I’m familiar with my own SUV, is that fuel economy with the LR4 is not one of its selling points, but if you’re like me and generally commute within a 10-mile radius of home, then it’s a perfect, rugged, but luxurious, family vehicle. Think off-road vehicle ruggedness meets Ralph Lauren style.

As a mom, vehicle safety is always a concern. This interesting safety report shows that the Land Rover is also a safer option when looking at family SUVs.  I was given a fun demonstration of the electronic stability system with anti-roll control, and although I can’t imagine driving the LR4 on a rocky, sloped surface, it is definitely made for off-road conditions. The LR4 has six airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front row and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. It drives, looks, and feels like a sturdy work horse but the comfortable interior reminds you that yes, indeed, you are in a luxury SUV.

If you’re in the market for a mid-size luxury SUV, I’d highly recommend test driving an LR4! You can connect with the great staff at Land Rover Nashville on Facebook or Twitter.

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