2012 Land Rover LR2 Review
Test drivers agree that the 2012 Land Rover LR2 is a wise choice if you need an off-road SUV with great outward visibility, but it has poor fuel economy and an underpowered engine.
Reviewers say that if you need a small off-road SUV, there’s no doubt that the 2012 Land Rover LR2 is capable off the beaten trail, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and Terrain Response system, which adjusts the powertrain to certain road conditions. However, if you plan to commute in the LR2, keep in mind that the LR2’s fuel economy ratings of 15/22 mpg city/highway are low for the class and that the SUV’s engine isn’t very powerful. Following test drives, critics say that the LR2 is slow from a start and that its 230-horsepower six-cylinder engine struggles when moving the LR2 uphill.
The LR2 comes standard with features like rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof. While those standard features are optional on many rivals, the LR2 doesn’t have standard Bluetooth or a USB port, which come with some competitors.
While reviewers don’t complain about the LR2’s lack of standard tech features, they do focus on its interior quality, seat space and cargo room. Not all reviewers are impressed with the LR2’s level of fit and finish, but one says the cabin quality is what they expect from a Land Rover. Test drivers give the front seats excellent reviews, saying the LR2 has excellent outward visibility and plenty of room. They also add that with a maximum of 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space, there’s limited room for luggage, but compared with the rest of the class, that figure is typical.
The main reason to choose the 2012 Land Rover LR2 is for its off-road capabilities. However, if you are restricting yourself to the pavement, competitors have more powerful engines, better reliability and higher fuel economy ratings.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The only other off-road SUV in this class is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which is new for the 2012 model year. Like the LR2, the Range Rover Evoque’s engine isn’t as powerful as competitors’, but reviewers say its off-road performance is exceptional. Inside, the Range Rover Evoque has a high-quality cabin and seating for five, but has less overall cargo space than the LR2.
The Volvo XC60 is a good vehicle if you need all-wheel drive, but find the LR2’s base price too high and off-road capabilities unnecessary for where you live. With comfortable seats and ample cargo space, reviewers call the XC60 a stylish family hauler. The XC60 also gets excellent safety scores.
Land Rover LR2: The Details
The 2012 Land Rover LR2 receives no significant changes for the 2012 model year. It is available in base, HSE and HSE LUX trims. All models come with all-wheel drive, as well as Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which adjusts the powertrain based on the terrain and road conditions.
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- "The LR2 is somewhat slower and a bit less agile than its German and Japanese rivals but trumps them in ride quality and off-road ability. Basically, Land Rover shrinks what's best about its larger LR4 model into a more sensibly sized and remarkably refined package." -- Consumer Guide
- "As Land Rover's entry-level vehicle, the LR2 has never managed to win us over, despite this model's success in Europe. It's the right size, featuring a platform that isn't far (though a little smaller) from the Volvo XC60, which has proved very popular with us. Yet somehow its Land Rover-caliber all-weather, all-terrain capability doesn't do this crossover any favors in its role as daily transportation." -- Edmunds