While it hardly earns a peasant place in the parking garage, the Land Rover LR2 is no Range Rover. It's sized to fit urban environments, and now has a better constructed cabin that goes more with the grain of the other SUVs in the Land Rover lineup.
Four adults will fit very well in the LR2, especially those two that ride in front. The supple, just-firm-enough front seats just need a little more lateral support to make it into the highest tier--the world can learn a lot from Volvo here. Head room is ample all around, even with the dual sunroofs, and the revised center console design has liberated more knee room for those in front.
The console also now houses a new LCD display for audio and navigation, and the old rotary knob for the LR2's all-wheel-drive system has been replaced with a much smaller set of buttons--which leaves enough room for a lidded storage bin.
The back seat is wide enough for three children or two adults to ride comfortably. Leg room beats out many competitors, 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.
Happily, most of the cabin is covered in good-quality materials, and the now-standard turbo four actually behaves as quietly as the former in-line six in most driving modes. Credit there goes to extra bracing under the engine itself, which keeps vibrations quelled and damps out some of the noise we've thought takes some of the appealing edge off the related Range Rover Evoque.