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2008 Land Rover LR2 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Land Rover LR2 was new.

Reviewers differ on the comfort and luxury level inside the 2008 Land Rover LR2, but most agree with the Orlando Sentinel that "the interior is very nicely done."

The Detroit News comes right to the point when it says that the LR2's "interior is luxurious." Most reviewers concur. The New York Times found that being inside the LR2 "feels like penthouse living." Forbes says that "[i]nside, the LR2 is cozy. The sloping dashboard, ample use of glass in the rear and large two-part sunroof create a sense of well-lit spaciousness." But Edmunds expresses the minority opinion on the LR2 when it says that "[i]nside, its cabin looks more utilitarian than it does elegant, and materials are unimpressive for a premium-brand sport-utility."

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Seating

The LR2 officially seats five in two rows of seats, but Automobile Magazine feels that only "and four large adults will be perfectly happy to tackle long journeys." With only four on board, though, the accommodations should be comfy. Edmunds feels that "[t]he LR2's front seats offer plenty of legroom and headroom, and the steering wheel's wide range of telescope adjustment makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position." Forbes agrees: "The front seats are comfortable and supportive and remain so even on long trips."

The back row isn't quite as luxurious. According to Consumer Guide, "[l]ike other compact-class SUVs, LR2 isn't wide enough for three adults to sit comfortably in back, but two have good head clearance and shoulder room, plus decent knee and leg space unless the front seats are moved well rearward." The Boston Globe says that "the rear seats were only OK for legroom." USA TODAY feels that the LR2's seating is "[g]enerous in front, not so in back. Even kids might find too little leg and knee space."

Interior Features

Reviewers agree that the 2008 Land Rover LR2 has, in the words of Forbes, "[a] generous assortment of standard amenities." These include an Alpine nine-speaker audio system with six disc CD changer, six-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and a push-button starter. Automobile Magazine says that "[w]e particularly like the large, chunky radial dials for heating, climate control," but the Sacramento Bee complains that "[i]nterior controls don't always follow the one-step logic of other makes. It might take you a couple extra steps to set the radio stations and some other functions, but these efforts are minor once you master the rhythm of the buttons and knobs." USA TODAY found that "[s]unlight reflected blindingly off the terrain control knob some times of the day. A black finish or rubber cover would fix that."

Several reviewers take issue with the LR2's push-button starter, which requires placing the key fob in a slot before it will work. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls it "likely the dumbest keyless system ever devised" and explains: "The only problem is that it doesn't transmit anything until you insert it into a large black hole in the dash. Then you have to press and hold down a near-by button to start the engine. To stop the engine, you must press and hold the button again, push the fob to release it, and remove the fob. It's ridiculously clumsy, when a simple key would work better." MSN simply says, "It's annoying to start and stop the engine."

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2008 Land Rover LR2 comes standard with an Alpine nine-speaker audio system with six disc CD changer. The optional Technology package also includes a 14-speaker Dolby Pro Logic Sound System, which Forbes says is "robust," adding that "the backseat seems to be where the sound is most powerful. What sounds clear in the front part of the cabin may be deafening in the rear. Perhaps this is deliberate, because rear occupants on our test trip noticed more road noise than front occupants did." They also feel that "[t]he audio system's standard MP3 playback function and iPod integration are simple to use."

Navigation

Forbes rates the optional DVD-based Navigation system as one of its "Options Worth Splurging On...The touch-screen navigation system is, for the most part, straightforward. But like most complex technology, certain functions can be a challenge to operate, like turning down the volume of the turn-by-turn route navigation announcements." Edmunds felt that "the optional navigation system's touchscreen interface couldn't be simpler." Consumer Guide found that "[t]he navigation system lacks voice activation but is pretty easy to program and its screen is big."

Cargo

The LR2 has 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space available with the rear seats folded, 26.7 cubic feet with the rears seats upright. Reviewers find this disappointing. "Cargo space behind the rear seats is a bit small at 27 cubic feet due to the LR2's high cargo floor," says Edmunds. "[T]he luggage space...isn't as generous as a CR-V's or RAV4's." However, Forbes feels that "[t]he cargo hold is respectable in size, with ample space for several suitcases." And Kelley Blue Book opines that "loads of cup and bottle holders, covered and open stow areas...add to [the LR2's] charm as a daily driver."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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