2009 land rover lr2 hse review
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is the brand's answer to a burgeoning segment of small, luxury crossover SUVs that promise high-class image, versatility and fuel-savings (compared to bigger siblings) at an affordable price. It competes with such rivals as the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK Class.
Despite being a small car, the LR2 has all the hallmarks of a classic Land Rover: rugged styling, off-road capability and a workaday interior design that still recalls a traditional Land Rover's utility and luxury. But while the LR2's off-road abilities and ride quality are superior to many rivals, its on-road performance is less than stellar.
Handling and acceleration are mediocre on the road, with a quick steering rack that doesn't offer much driver feedback and a long-travel suspension that encourages front-end dive. Braking performance is good with a progressive pedal feel, but it doesn't match the LR2's dynamic prowess on the highway.
The LR2's 230-horsepower, 3.2-liter V6 engine pulls its 4,255 pounds with confidence, while Land Rover's Terrain Response System is praised for adapting the suspension to various types of terrain. A six-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, quick shifts in either mode.
The LR2's cabin is a workaday mix of leather and wood, with utilitarian controls that recall the brand's ancestry. However, its cluttered instrument panel and clunky climate and audio controls let it down. If you're an enthusiast, you may want to consider a larger, more dedicated off-roader.