2008 Land Rover LR3 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Land Rover LR3 was new.
The 2008 Land Rover LR3's cabin is has roomy and versatile passenger/cargo space, as well as abundant interior features. Competitors offer more luxury, however, leading the LR3's interior to be ranked only in the middle of the class.
"The interior faithfully conveys the LR3's overall balance of luxury and capability," says Kelley Blue Book.
All 2008 LR3 models have space for up to seven occupants in three rows of seats. Motor Week says, "Inside, Land Rover designers provided a modernized dose of top level SUV-luxury," while the exclaims, "Everyone gets the limo treatment in the LR3."
Altogether, reviewers generally agree that seating in the LR3 is comfortable. "Most on staff found the seats and outward visibility top-notch," says AutoWeek. The adds that the "seats are firm and supportive and would be just fine on a cross-country jaunt." While Edmunds boasts of "large door openings and well-placed grab handles" that allow for easy access in and out of the cabin, our own U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman asserts, that the LR3's versatile seating arrangements are "outstanding."
"From the driver's seat, LR3 feels at once roomy, there's plenty of elbow room, and compact, all the controls are within easy reach," says The Auto Channel. Consumer Guide adds that the seats are "comfortable" and visibility is "excellent." According to New Car Test Drive, even for front passengers "comfort is not an issue." And best of all, "The standard air suspension lowers the LR3 to make entry and exit easier," says Cars.com.
According to Consumer Guide, second-row seating in the LR3 is "unusually comfortable, with ample head, legroom." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman asserts, "The climb in is a bit high, but raised ‘stadium seating' in the second and optional third row gives kids a particularly good view of the road." The Auto Channel adds, "The interior is roomy with all seats accommodating '95 percentile' of adults."
Reviewers at Edmunds boast, "During our test-drive, we took turns riding in the third row and were delighted at how comfortable the seats back there were." "Ditto the back seat, where passengers will find tons of foot space and a high, firm, supportive cushion," says Cars.com. MSN adds, "The third-row seats are fairly easy to reach and aren't just for kids, as is the case with many sport-ute third seats. Even 6-footers have decent room in them, although there isn't much legroom to spare."
Reviewers generally agree that the LR3 is loaded with a long and impressive list of modern standard interior features. "If the LR3 has one thing going for it, though, its features galore," says Automobile Magazine. Its interior features, however, aren't without fault. While New Car Test Drive boasts of a "clean, modern" dash layout that's "in keeping with the geometric exterior design," Consumer Guide complains that "small print makes gauges difficult to read at a glance." The reviewer continues, "Controls are a somewhat confusing jumble of switches, knobs, buttons." Nevertheless, reviewers on balance seem altogether pleased.
Among the many standard interior features included in the 2008 Land Rover LR3 are stadium seating, two fixed-glass roof panels, a sunroof, polished silver accents, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces for the first and second rows, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. An additional standard feature for the SE is a 35/30/35 split flat-folding second row seat -- which can be re-constructed to form a large table for rear passengers.
The LR3 HSE adds a memory system for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, and an Integrated Bluetooth Phone System -- operable through a vehicle keypad, voice recognition system, and steering-wheel controls. Moreover, the HSE features Land Rover's DVD-based Premium Navigation System -- which includes a high resolution touchscreen. This trim level's standard stereo system is a 14-speaker, 550-watt Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7 with an in-dash six-disc changer and auxiliary input for an MP3 player. Remote audio controls in the rear allow back-seat passengers to listen to music different from what's playing in the front cabin.
Every 2008 Land Rover LR3 maintains a maximum of 44.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Behind the third-row seats (when upright), cargo space is reduced to 9.9 cubic feet. Standard integrated roof rails make lugging cargo outside of the cabin just as easy. Consumer Guide explains, "Tall cargo hold has ample volume with five seats, reasonably good load space with seven. Both rear rows fold flat to create spacious load floor, but are awkward to fold/unfold. Clamshell-style tailgate subject of debate: some testers say it complicates loading/unloading, others praise its versatility."