The Land Rover LR2 is a compact luxury SUV sold only in a five-door body style. It pairs front engine placement with standard four-wheel drive. Like Land Rover's other models, the LR2's design focuses heavily on interior luxury and off-road performance. The SUV utilizes high ground clearance and the proprietary Terrain Response AWD system to allow it to handle off-road conditions with ease. However the LR2's six cylinder engine suffers from numerous performance deficiencies. Acceleration and fuel economy are relatively poor compared with competing vehicles.
The LR2 is powered by a V6 engine producing 230 horsepower and 234 pound-feet of torque. The LR2 can only manage a 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds because of its underpowered engine and curb weight of 4,255 pounds. The LR2 will tow up to 3,500 pounds. The SUV seats five people. Most of the LR2's design work was completed in England. Land Rover assembles the LR2 in Halewood, England.
Land Rover introduced the LR2 for the 2008 model year. It replaced the Freelander as the Land Rover's compact luxury SUV. The Freelander suffered from numerous issues and was only on the market for a total of four years. The LR2's design was partially inspired by some of the Freelander's features. The LR2's small size is designed to make it more suitable for urban conditions while maintaining off-road capabilities. The LR2 incorporates Land Rover's traditional vehicle strengths, but has been criticized for poor performance and reliability. Sales have been modest at best, but have dropped following periods of high gasoline prices.
The LR2 is sold in a single trim level. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, braking assist, and hill-descent assist. Traction, stability, and roll stability control are installed along with a full complement of air bags. Other trim features are 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, and powered accessories. A trip computer and audio system with nine speakers are provided. The HSE package includes xenon headlights, Bluetooth capabilities, and satellite radio. An HSE Lux package includes the HSE package, premium leather upholstery and an audio system with thirteen speakers. The Climate Comfort package has a heated windshield, washer jets and front seats. Stand alone options for the LR2 are a navigation unit and 19-inch wheels.
AutoPacific gave the 2009 LR2 a Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the Luxury Crossover SUV category. The LR2 was placed on the Contender list for Motor Trend's 2008 Sport or Utility of the Year. Truck Trend praised the LR2's off-road performance and safety features. AutoWeek 2008 Buyers Guide noted the LR2's improvement over the Freelander. Independent automotive reviewers have complimented the LR2's off-road performance and passenger comfort. Criticism has been aimed at the engine's performance and the LR2's lack of cargo space.
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