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MSRP: $36,600 - $36,600
Invoice: $33,306 - $33,306
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Land Rover LR2 Interior

According to reviewers, the 2014 Land Rover LR2's cabin features mostly high-quality materials which seem appropriate for the class, though some think the instrument panel has an outdated appearance. Test drivers write that the cabin feels very open and say the LR2's seats give the driver a commanding view of the road, but they note that the back seats aren't especially spacious. The LR2 offers competitive cargo space for the class.

  • "The new dash is far more elegant and less cluttered than the old one, and the materials are mostly in line with the class, with a few cheap-looking plastics here and there." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The much more welcoming center stack now has fewer buttons and a standard seven-inch color touchscreen, and it more closely mimics that of the Range Rover Sport, including the addition of a classy analog clock. Still-standard dual glass roof panels (the forward of which opens) and tall side windows contribute to the feeling of airiness that greets LR2 occupants." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "As much as the boxy exterior can get away with mimicking the classic lines of Range Rovers of yore, the interior is by far the LR2's biggest downfall. We realize Land Rover might be going for a simple yet chic look inside the LR2, but the instrument panel is deeply dated - this even factors in despite all of the changes, including an updated center stack, gauge cluster and center console." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "Interior furnishings are in line with Land Rover's luxury reputation (perhaps even above the LR2's price point on top-line HSE LUX versions), as a stately look combines with high-quality materials and numerous padded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The LR2 seats five and comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Options include upgraded leather, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Some test drivers say the seats offer generous head- and legroom, while other critics mention that the back seat is not very spacious. A few test drivers say the LR2's high seating position offers excellent outward visibility, but others say it feels a bit too high.

  • "Like other Land Rovers, the LR2 provides an elevated driving position and plenty of window area for a good view of the world outside. It also features the company's 'stadium seating' layout, where rear passengers sit slightly higher than front occupants for increased visibility." -- Left Lane News
  • "Although the back seat is cramped, it benefits from a raised seat for safari-like outward visibility, which is very good at all four corners and aided by narrow A-pillars." -- AutoTrader
  • "Headroom and legroom are ample even for taller adults, though the broad of beam may find shoulder room at a premium." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Our biggest gripe about the LR2 overall might be the seating position for the front and rear seating. Land Rover is pushing a command seating position for the front occupants and a stadium-style view for the rear passengers, but it ends up feeling like you're sitting too high inside the vehicle - especially true for the driver's seat, which can only be lowered to a point that still feels unnecessarily high. Such a lofty perch might be advantageous for visibility when negotiating objects off-road, but in day-to-day driving, it feels unnecessarily tippy." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the LR2 include automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system with a 7-inch touch screen and USB and auxiliary inputs. Optional equipment includes a rearview camera, a 17-speaker Meridian audio system and navigation.

Some reviewers find the LR2's touch-screen interface to be easy to operate, though others complain that it takes several steps to carry out simple functions. The optional 17-speaker audio system is excellent, test drivers write, and others like that the backup camera display shows a centered guide line, which can be useful for hooking up a trailer.

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  • "Ergonomics aren't nearly the nightmare you might expect; in fact, between its user-friendly touchscreen and handy climate-control knobs, the LR2 is one of the more user-friendly luxury crossovers on the market." -- AutoTrader
  • "There's no doubting that the 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system is one of the best out there. If you're an audiophile, you're likely to look at the Land Rover LR2 as just a fancy mobile carrying case for this sound system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Replacing conventional knobs and numerous buttons are a couple of knobs, just a few buttons, and a touchscreen that's shared with the navigation system. As with most such systems, this setup often requires multiple steps to accomplish what used to be simple tasks, but at least everything is close at hand." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Most backup cameras have trajectory lines that bend when you turn the wheel or weird boxes, but the LR2's optional camera displays a single line in the middle that it calls Hitch Assist, which is aptly named to help make hooking up to a trailer easier. We're not sure how many LR2 owners will be towing trailers, but this is a practical idea nonetheless." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The Land Rover LR2 offers 26.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space with them folded, which is comparable to the space of some class rivals, but behind that of more cavernous competitors like the Volvo XC60. Test drivers say that small-item storage in the cabin is fairly good.

  • "On a more pragmatic front, the Land Rover LR2 can carry up to 59 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is on par with or better than other vehicles in the category." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior storage is little better than average, though besides the usual cupholders, there are a couple of handy trays in the console." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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