The 2006 Land Rover LR3 SE adds a lot more features and a 300-hp, 4.4-liter V8 and 6-speed shiftable auto tran that produces 315 lb-ft of torque. The full-time AWD comes with a locking center differential (rear one is extra), a double wishbone and fully independent adjustable air suspension, low-range gearing and an electronic transfer case, and 18-inch wheels with all-season tires. Side curtain airbags for the first two rows are standard in the SE, along with dual front airbags. Optional third row side bags come with the optional seats. ABS brakes, traction and stability control, Hill Descent, and the Terrain Response System provide a safe and solid ride. Xenon headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and foglights are extra.
Leather upholstery, a CD/MP3 player, and upgraded Harman/Kardon audio system come when you upgrade to the SE. Wheel-mounted audio controls join the cruise controls, and dual-zone climate control and rear audio controls add passenger convenience. A combo fixed/and power sunroof opens up the interior space. Other standard features include power front seats, fold-flat second row, a roof rack, cargo cover, front and rear wipers, heated mirrors, keyless entry, and privacy glass. The cargo area is as small as 9 cubic feet (with the third row) or as big as 90. Fuel economy ranges between 14 and 18 mpg. More options come with the 2006 LR3 SE, including heated front and rear seats, satellite radio, headlight cleaners, a navigation system, Bluetooth, and a built-in cooler. Owners like all the features, the roomy interior, and the quiet ride, but report problems with the electronics and wish the V8 was more powerful.