Land Rover has attained its place in the world, primarily due to a single model: the Range Rover. The British brand sells a whole range of vehicles, though, and in 2008 it added the Land Rover LR2 to a lineup that also includes the Range Rover Sport and the seven-seat LR4. New in 2008, the Land Rover LR2 carries into the current model year with only a couple of different colors to change its look. For a base price of $36,350, it competes with the likes of the Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
The LR2's design is angular-and it's appealingly so, though you may notice it stands out in a sea of less capable "soft-roaders" like the sculpted Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5. AutoWeek states that the Land Rover LR2 "looks good in an upscale-y sort of way." It "has the more traditional SUV look commonly found in larger models-and some cheaper ones like the Ford Escape," Cars.com remarks, but the LR2 is "definitely more distinctive and handsome than most SUVs." With its front fender vents, big squared-off headlamps, and linear shapes, the LR2 plays off Land Rover heritage. Kelley Blue Book says it's "softened a bit around its edges," but points out how "numerous current-generation corporate cues" are echoed in its sheetmetal, from "functional side vents reminiscent of the Range Rover Sport," and a "subtle LR3-style rear roofline kickup." TheCarConnection.com's editors agree; even with its urban-sized body, the Land Rover's squared theme plays out well, while the LR2 is more practical and rakish at the same time. The two models have some distinguishing features-the base SE comes with black bumpers, while the HSE gets body-color pieces, as well as a rear spoiler-and an appearance package gives a distinct grille and other trim distinctions to the base version.
Inside, the LR2's interior is a lookalike for the larger Range Rovers in some ways, but it's less rich and doesn't have the lavish wood fittings of the more expensive vehicles in the Land Rover lineup. Edmunds reports the LR2 "has an unmistakable Land Rover feel to it, which means plenty of leather and wood to go around," though TheCarConnection.com's editors point out a single wood strip doesn't offer nearly as much tree-trimming as the bigger Rovers. Minus the quibbling, "the LR2's interior design is modern and appealing," says Cars.com, adding the "interior architecture mirrors the pricier LR3, with squared-off dashboard controls and a four-spoke steering wheel." Elsewhere inside, vertical elements like the vents and door handles keep the interior from looking too low, and a strip of wood on the dash touches on Range Rover tradition. ConsumerGuide sums up opinions when it says the interior sports "high-quality wood and leather trim, solid-feeling plastics, and a blocky design imparting an upscale but sporty feel."