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STYLING | 8 out of 10
more distinctive and handsome than most SUVs
cabin takes a cue from more expensive Range Rovers
plenty of leather and wood to go around
Very minor changes to the grille and some other trim on the 2013 LR2 will drive spotters crazy, but to the rest of the world, the handsome, angular Land Rover outline remains unchanged, and refreshingly distinctive compared to the softer crossovers from Volvo, Audi, and others.
The LR2 hasn't changed much at all since the 2008 launch year, and it's the kind of vehicle that could keep going in existing form until it decides to retire. The related Range Rover Evoque's lifted any styling burden from its shoulders, letting the LR2 do what it does best--be an understated companion piece, a boxy-looking, entirely appropriate SUV on the outside. The mild changes, in case you're wondering, amount to a brighter touch on the grille and fog lamp trim.
Inside, the LR2 does a more convincing job of meeting the crossovers on equal ground. It's given up some of the clutter of small switches, and some of the more rigid lines and shapes, for a more carlike interface that also comes off more refined and more richly finished than before. The addition of LCD panels on the dash and between the newly styled gauges brings some of the techno-friendly panache of the Range Rover to the cockpit, and the swap-out of Terrain Response knobs for a set of switches like those in the Evoque pare down the visual confusion for the driver.
The look is still classic Land Rover, but the LR2's new cockpit is better, and more finely finished this year.