The 2008 Land Rover LR2 is a good attempt at a luxury SUV. It was released in the 2008 model year new to replace the Freelander. With its strong good looks and impressive off-road capabilities, it is a good choice for those who live active, outdoor lives, but its luxury status and price tag are sure to deter some of those buyers. The materials used during manufacturing are nothing short of the best, much like Land Rover’s other models. Quality and durability are high on the list of attributes for this SUV.
In the effort to ensure off road capabilities, the LR2 has been equipped with a nice 8.3 inches of ground clearance, all-wheel drive on both trim levels, and Land Rover’s famous Terrain Response system. Luxury meets rugged with this small, well-equipped SUV.
Body Styles: small four-door luxury SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with sport and manual shift modes
Models: Land Rover LR2 SE, Land Rover LR2 HSE
The Land Rover LR2 debuted for the 2008 model year and is entirely new. Introduced to replace the Freelander, the LR2 offers luxury with on- and off-road capabilities.
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 has been designed to give consumers the best of both worlds. This SUV has a very distinctive front end with plenty of character. It has solid lines and curves in all of the appropriate places. From the outside, the LR2 also looks like the luxury SUV that has plenty of chrome accents and elegant grille. The bumpers are painted to match the rest of the body on the HSE trim level adding a cohesive look.
There are just certain vehicles that fit in with the mold in terms of the manufacturer’s preference, and the 2008 Land Rover LR2 is one of those vehicles. While the wood and leather always makes for a nice look, the interior design of the LR2 isn’t as elegant as one would expect for a luxury SUV. The materials used aren’t of the highest quality. The overall feel is a bit utilitarian, and the instrument panel is a little difficult to read at first glance. The optional navigation system comes with a touchscreen, which fortunately is simple to use and easy to get accustomed to.
Especially in the front of the SUV, drivers and passengers will find plenty of head and leg room regardless of height. The numerous cup holders are a welcome addition as well. In terms of cargo space, the LR2 offers only 27 cubic feet of space. At the maximum, with the last row of seats folded down, there is 59 cubic feet of storage space. As it turns out, several of the other luxury SUV models can offer more in terms of space and cabin luxury.
Performance & Handling
In its attempt to create an on- and off-road luxury SUV Land Rover hit the mark on some points, while dropping the ball on others. The 2008 Land Rover LR2 can certainly do its thing off road, but some of its on-road habits leave much to be desired. Thanks to its somewhat sluggish transmission, the LR2 doesn’t have the backbone to really take off the mark, and driving and handling on the pavement is uninspired. This vehicle also has a habit of taking a front end dive due to the soft suspension.
Land Rover didn’t skimp on the safety features when it came up with the 2008 LR2. There are several excellent safety features added including front side airbags, side full length curtain airbags, and even a knee airbag for the driver. Traction and stability control with a rollover sensor is also part of the standard package for this SUV. Naturally, anti-lock brakes are included as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover LR2: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of passenger room
- Smooth ride
- Can go all terrain even for its car-based frame
You Won't Like
- Adequate handling on the road
- So-so acceleration
- Small cargo space
- Interior lacking in style and quality materials
Advanced over the past but still not up the competition.
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