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in 2009 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,149 - $17,149
Original MSRP: $35,375 - $35,375
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 Land Rover LR2 Interior

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Reviewers say the 2009 LR2 is luxurious and high-quality on the inside.

  • "Inside, 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." -- Forbes
  • "Inside, its cabin looks more utilitarian than it does elegant, and materials are unimpressive for a premium-brand sport-utility." -- Edmunds
  • "I was surprised at how much I liked this little Land Rover. It has a clean design inside and out, and the driving experience was quite nice. The seats are comfortable, and even with most of the roof taken up by glass, the A/C kept the cabin really cool." -- AutoWeek

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Seating

The LR2 officially seats five in two rows of seats, but most reviewers say only four passengers will fit comfortably.

  • "The 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." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are comfortable and supportive and remain so even on long trips." -- Forbes
  • "Like other compact-class SUVs, LR2 isn't wide enough for three adults to sit comfortably in back, but two have good headroom and shoulder space, plus decent knee and leg space unless the front seats are moved well rearward. Some of our testers found the bench seat nothing special, but others found it firm and supportive. Rear entry and exit are a bit tight due to LR2's high-rider stance and smallish door openings." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin has decent room to stretch and well cushioned and supportive leather seats (heated front). Rear-seat legroom is adequate, but adults or older teens might get the fidgets on long trips." -- Chicago Tribune

Interior Features

The 2009 LR2 boasts plenty of interior 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. Several reviewers take issue with the LR2's push-button starter, which requires placing the key fob in a slot before it will work. 

  • "We particularly like the large, chunky radial dials for heating, climate control." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It's annoying to start and stop the engine. It has push-button starting, like some other new vehicles. But, before pushing the button to start the engine, one must put a foot on the brake and jam the key fob into a narrow, almost invisible dashboard slot near the steering wheel instead of just putting the fob anywhere in the vehicle -- which is the case with other push-button-start vehicles." -- MSN
  • "The audio system is one of the best I've heard in a small SUV." -- AutoWeek
  • "Most switchgear is simple, handy, and intuitive, though a few dashboard icons puzzle. The climate controls are low-set but easy enough to operate. The audio system is independent of the navigation system, a plus, but its display is tough to read. The gauges are large and legible. The navigation system lacks voice activation but is pretty easy to program and its screen is big." -- Consumer Guide
  • "But you'd think you were piloting a space station with all the controls-buttons and dials -- in the instrument panel, dash, console and steering column for: DVD-based navigation system, satellite radio, audio system, Bluetooth phone, all-terrain system, Hill Descent Control, radio and climate control. Sorry if we missed any, but thankfully the trio of cup/bottle holders in the center console require no buttons -- this year, at least." -- Chicago Tribune

Cargo

The LR2 has 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space available with the rear seats folded and 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." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo hold is respectable in size, with ample space for several suitcases." -- Forbes
  • "On the downside, this is a small ute. There's not a ton of rear-seat space, and if you have any cargo to haul, there's not much room behind the seats." -- AutoWeek
  • "Load volume isn't generous for a compact SUV, but what's there is usefully shaped and easily accessed. The split rear seat double-folds to increase space and form a flat cargo deck. Good cabin storage includes large door pockets with bottle holders." -- Consumer Guide

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