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STYLING | 8 out of 10
looks good in an upscale-y sort of way
the more traditional SUV look commonly found in larger models
plenty of leather and wood to go around
cabin takes a cue from more expensive Range Rovers
TheCarConnection.com sees mostly positive comments about the 2008 Land Rover LR2's appearance inside and out.
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 is an all-new compact SUV model, occupying the space in the Land Rover lineup formerly filled by the Freelander. The 2008 Land Rover LR2 SE was launched early in the model year, with the upmarket HSE version joining in later. The 2008 Land Rover LR2 has design cues--such as the front-fender vents--that echo those of its bigger brothers, the LR3 and Range Rover Sport, but it's a little bit more rakish, practical, and carlike.
AutoWeek states that the Land Rover LR2 "looks good in an upscale-y sort of way," while Cars.com notes that it "has the more traditional SUV look commonly found in larger models--and some cheaper ones like the Ford Escape," but is "definitely more distinctive and handsome than most SUVs." ForbesAutos feels "the more elfish [2008 Land Rover] LR2 maintains a commanding presence, due to the prominent contours of its roofline...it's not as squared off as the LR3 and not as restrained as the posh Range Rover, but it incorporates forms from both larger SUVs."
This Land Rover definitely shares family traits with other members of the Range Rover family. "Although softened a bit around its edges, the LR2's angular sheetmetal still displays numerous current-generation corporate cues, highlighted by front and rear lamp designs and functional side vents reminiscent of the Range Rover Sport, and a subtle LR3-style rear roofline kickup," reports Kelley Blue Book.
There is plenty of praise for the interior as well: "The [Land Rover] LR2's interior design is modern and appealing...interior architecture mirrors the pricier LR3, with squared-off dashboard controls and a four-spoke steering wheel," says Cars.com, while ConsumerGuide reports that the Land Rover LR2's "cabin takes a cue from more expensive Range Rovers by offering high-quality wood and leather trim, solid-feeling plastics, and a blocky design imparting an upscale but sporty feel."
In any event, Edmunds comments that the Land Rover 2008 LR2 "has an unmistakable Land Rover feel to it, which means plenty of leather and wood to go around."
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 fits the British SUV mold, with clean lines and an upscale cabin.