2012 Land Rover LR2

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2012 Land Rover LR2 Review

Solid but not the most exciting Land Rover

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Overview
With the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque for 2012, the LR2 isn't the smallest SUV in Land Rover's lineup anymore. However it still may be the least competent when it comes to off-road capabilities, as the Evoque will give even the most dominant off-roader a run for its money. The LR2 takes a step back from Land Rover's heritage of packing an off-road prowess compared to none, but at the end of the day it's still a Land Rover.

All the bells and whistles found in your usual Land Rover make the cut for the LR2, but because of the SUV's size off-road capabilities only stretch so far. The normal four-wheel drive is standard while 8.3 inches of ground clearance are offered, which gets boosted up to 11-inches when in off-road mode. The much-ballyhooed Terrain Response System also rides along with the LR2 offering different driving settings that the environment dictates.

A 3.2-liter inline-6 engine is rated at 230 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. A 0-60 mph time of 8.4 seconds won't stop the presses for a vehicle with the price tag it carries. If you tow often, the LR2 can handle up to a capacity of 3500 pounds. While the LR2 can get the job done it may have an older feel compared to competitors in its class.

The Range

Body style: SUV
Engine: 3.2-liter inline-6
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: HSE, HSE Plus, HSE LUX

What's New

After receiving some minor tweaks to the grille and taillights last year the LR2 remains unchanged entering 2012.

Exterior

Standard features such as 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a spoiler, xenon headlights, and rear parking sensors adorn the LR2. Typical to the Land Rover brand the LR2 has enough substance to climb over rocks and other obstacles off -road while still being a comfortable ride on the pavement. The small luxury crossover looks right at home when standing in a lineup with the bigger LR4, Range Rover, and Range Rover Evoque. A lot of glass combined with an upright driving position makes maneuvering a breeze. While the competition has more competent entrants it's tough to beat a Land Rover's combination of on- and off-road capability.

Interior

The LR2 is filled with interior accessories such as dual-zone climate control, nine-speaker sound system, and an iPod jack. Other features include power front seats, and leather wrapping every chair in the cabin. Where leather is absent wood takes its place and an upright driving position offers plenty of head and legroom for full-grown adults but the rear bench may be another story. While the instrument cluster may look a tad busy, opting for the navigation system can put it all into perspective. If cargo space is the name of the game 26.7 cubic feet may not cut it with other competitors checking in with more real estate.

Performance & Handling

A 3.2-liter inline-6 engine serves up motivation for the LR2 with Land Rover claiming the SUV reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 8.4 seconds. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, the LR2 is equipped to handle whatever the road (or lack thereof) can throw at it. As per usual with Land Rover models, all-wheel drive is standard. The LR2 is thirsty, draining the 18.5-gallon fuel tank at a rate of 15 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway. The lack of a low gear range hinders the LR2 from conquering the bigger off-road obstacles its bigger brothers can do but for its size the LR2 is above par.

Safety

Standard safety features on the LR2 include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, roll stability control, and brake assist. Other safety features include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags spanning the length of the LR2, a driver's side knee airbag, and hill-descent control.

EPA Fuel Economy

HSE: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Off-road capability
  • Vibrant on-road feel

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Poor engine performance
  • Lacking cargo room

Sum Up

Solid but not the most exciting Land Rover

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