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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
The Land Rover LR2 hasn't changed much since it debuted in 2008, though it find a few minor updates to its trim and grille last year. With its iconic, yet conservative looks, it's the kind of car that could remain unchanged for the foreseeable future without ever looking too old. It's angular and handsome, and distinctive in a segment filled with increasingly curvaceous mid-size luxury crossovers.
Those looking for a fashion statement now have the Range Rover Evoque to lean on, leaving the LR2 to its vaguely more off-road worthy character–including its boxy, rugged exterior that draws so many to the Land Rover brand in the first place.
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 cockpit's a fine place to work, and the LR2 telegraphs all things Land Rover at a first glance.