I have an odd fascination with gadgets and switchgear, so it took a formidable intrinsic battle to keep my right hand from fiddling with the plethora of dials and buttons Land Rover installs at the leading edge of the LR4's center console. Desert mode? Off-road suspension height? Hill descent control? Low range? It's entirely possible to prepare the LR4 for anything short of a plague of locusts with just a few taps of the finger and the twist of a wrist.
The problem, however, is I don't exactly have the occasion to truly test or even begin to use any one of these highly engineered settings. Thankfully, the LR4 is just as happy to perform in the urban jungle, although there isn't a specific knob labeled "cushy tarmac touring." The air suspension, which errs on the side of floaty, coddled me home over crumbling two-lane roads, while the direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8 (a welcome addition dating back to 2010) gracefully pours on the power as desired.
$48,000 is a certainly a sizable chunk of change, but it doesn't seem horribly steep for an SUV that comes close to being able to do it all. Like Jean, I'd certainly spring for the climate package -- it's a blessing in wintry weather, although the squiggly heated grid is occasionally annoying to peer through at dusk.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer