Review | Interior - Exterior

2013 Land Rover LR2 Walk Around

The LR2 is undeniably Land Rover. In fact, it isn't far behind the Range Rovers in the looks department. Neighbors would be forgiven for thinking you received a promotion at work and bought yourself a Range Rover Sport.

We think the LR2 is better looking than the bigger LR4, which appears boxy and slightly awkward. The LR2 remains more elegant and curved. Proportionally, it works and definitely looks more expensive than the relatively average price tag suggests.

The most noticeable difference between the previous LR2 and the 2013 LR2 is the head and taillights. The headlights have been revamped with the latest xenon and LED technology, set off with a new design graphic in the front running lights. The grille and fog lamp bezels now sport a bright finish with subtle paint detailing changes to the grille surround, insert bars and fender vent.

At the side, the LR2 presents narrow A-posts, in an attempt to improve vision for the driver. Below is a thin aluminum-look engine vent, right next to the protruding fenders and the 18-inch standard alloy wheels. Two options of 19-inch wheels are available.

At the back of the car, the taillights receive the same treatment as the front, with a slightly more modern redesign. The whole rear end looks very Range Rover.

Three new colors have been added for 2013: Aintree Green, Havana and Mauritius Blue. The blue, in particular, is stunning. It is quite light and bright and stands out amongst the rest, even against a cloudy, dull looking backdrop.

The LR2 looks tasteful and sophisticated. It catches your attention, but in a way that does not scream look at me. It's resemblance to the big Range Rovers make it a great buy for those wishing they could afford the Range Rover, but simply cannot stretch that far. It really is not that much of an external compromise.


Step behind the wheel of the LR2 and you feel like you are getting what you paid for. Materials feel about right for a $40,000 car, and comfort is excellent.

The dual sunroof bathes you with light, making the cabin feel airy and roomy. The leather wrapped seats offer good support and feel comfortable during long, arduous driving. The seating position does feel unusually high, however. Even when lowering with the power seat adjustment, it still felt like I was sat on a child's booster seat.

This position was great when off-roading, as it allowed superior vision to spot any concealed roots or rocks. When on normal roads it felt like I needed to drop it down an inch or so, but it just wasn't an option. I'm only 5-foot, 7 inches, so a 6-footer might find this more annoying. For me, it was odd, but livable.

The center console has a brand new 7-inch touch screen. From here you can control the Meridian audio system and the optional navigation. If you opt for the nav you will be granted a rearview camera that has Hitch Assist to help with backing up, showing the exact location of the tow ball.

The imaginatively named Say What You See voice activation is a new feature that effectively allows you to say what you want the car to do: increase temperature, etc.

Below the screen are a horde of buttons and dials. The font used when wording the buttons looks a little big, bland and boring, like something from a Kindergarten's “Learn to Read” book.

Buttons behind the gear lever now replace the original Terrain Response dial, and the handbrake is an intelligent electric brake button. It is intelligent, apparently, because it adjusts brake force according to the slope and brake temperature.

Passive Start is now standard on the LR2 and this replaces the key docking system, meaning as long as you have the key on you, a press of the start button adjacent to the steering wheel is all you need to fire the engine.

The steering wheel is soft to touch and the buttons are intuitive and easily reached with your fingertips. A new five-inch instrument cluster is behind, displaying information such as temperature and fuel levels, gear position and Terrain Response mode, with all this sitting between the traditional dials.

The second row provides plenty of legroom (36.4 inches).

Cargo space is enough to manage a long off-roading adventure with the whole family: 26.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up, 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Other than minor complaints about the buttons and high seating position, there really is not a whole lot to moan about with the LR2's interior. It is right there matching expectations in the $40,000 dollar price range, if not exceeding it.

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