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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
considerably more front and rear headroom than the Acura and BMW
Cabin storage is in limited supply
Cargo space behind the rear seats is a bit small
a bit loud at full throttle
It's no Range Rover, but the Land Rover LR2 isn't strictly peasant fare. The cabin's put together well, and roomy enough for four adults and a significant amount of luggage, though the same adults will hunt for a place to stash their phones and other carry-ons.
Less a "small" Land Rover in reality than in concept, the LR2 has firm, supportive seats in the front and in the back row, but there's not much lateral support even in the front buckets. Head room is no problem, even with the optional sunroof, though front-seaters will find the wide console trims knee room a bit.
The back seat is wide enough for three children or two adults to ride comfortably. Leg room beats out competition like the Acura RDX, and the seats themselves have good backrest support. The cushions sit high for visibility, but it's not difficult to climb into the LR2 thanks to a low step-in height and tall doors.There's no third-row seat--the Land Rover LR4 owns that niche. So instead, behind the LR2's second row, there's enough space for a long weekend's worth of luggage. With the rear seat in use, the LR2 has 27 cubic feet of storage space; when that seat's folded flat, it makes 59 cubic feet of cargo room available. In raw numbers it's average, but the space is tall and useful. For comparison, it can hold more behind the seat than the Mercedes-Benz GLK (23.3 cubic feet), but it's a few cubes short of the component-sharing Volvo XC60's 30.8 cubic feet.
Storage is a bit lean in the cabin, too. Two cupholders in the center console sit a little too far back to fall to hand; the glove box is kind of small. Happily, most of the cabin is covered in good-quality materials, and the in-line six-cylinder is smooth and quiet.
It's lacking in small-item storage, but cargo and people room in the 2012 Land Rover LR2 is ample.