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in 2011 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,985 - $25,161
Original MSRP: $35,700 - $35,700
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Land Rover LR2 Interior

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Reviewers say the 2011 LR2 has a luxurious and high-quality interior. However, it’s not tremendously functional due to the cramped rear seat and smallish cargo area. Some reviewers also say a few materials aren’t nice enough to justify the LR2’s luxury price.

  • "The LR2's cabin takes a cue from more expensive Range Rovers by offering high-quality leather trim, solid-feeling plastics, and a blocky design imparting an upscale but sporty feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As is typical for all current Land Rovers, the entry-level LR2 surrounds occupants with plenty of supple leathers and rich wood trim, but unlike the others, some materials are merely average and fall short of our expectations for a luxury SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "There is plenty of room on the interior of the Land Rover LR2 but the materials inside seem somewhat dated, including a tochscreen navigation system that seems too small and set too low in the dash and even further below that are the audio controls for the Alpine stereo system." -- Automobile.com

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Seating

The LR2 is comfortable enough in the front seats. However, the rear seats are another story – test drivers find them cramped and say the bench is mounted too low. A plus is that Napoli leather seating is standard, as are an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a six-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat. The optional Climate Comfort package adds heated front seats along with a heated windshield and heated washer jets.

  • "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
  • "An upright seating position up front provides plenty of legroom and headroom for larger adults, though some may find the low-mounted rear bench a tad uncomfortable." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2011 LR2 comes standard with automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather seating, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, an auxiliary iPod input, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, an Alpine nine-speaker audio system, and a rear parking aid. High-tech options such as a navigation system or Bluetooth connectivity are available with the HSE Plus and HSE Lux packages.

Reviewers find the dashboard controls easy enough to use. However, several take issue with the LR2's push-button starter, which requires placing the key fob in a slot before the start button will work. 

  • "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
  • "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
  • "From the driver seat, the instruments and controls are a bit busy and hard to read at a glance, but the optional navigation system is mercifully simple and easy to operate." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Cargo capacity is not one of the Land Rover LR2’s strengths, though it’s about average for a luxury compact SUV. The LR2 has 26.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The LR2 comes with a rear luggage cover and a front center console storage compartment.

If you need more cargo space, check out the BMW X3. It costs more than the LR2, but it’s a much handier family vehicle, thanks to 71 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "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
  • "Cargo space comes up short against the competition..." -- Edmunds

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