2013 Land Rover LR2 Overview
The 2013 Land Rover LR2 is the smallest (and most affordable) SUV in Land Rover’s lineup, but even though it comes in a smaller package it still contains the premium trappings and off-road capability expected from a Rover.
From the outside, the LR2’s design differs from that of the tallish Range Rover; instead of vertical sides, the LR2 has more wrinkles and curves in its design which was updated inside and out for 2013. Changes include a revised front that features a new grille, bumper, and headlights. Out back you get new taillights and a new liftgate. It all adds up to a package that makes the LR2 one of the more attractive offerings in its class, compared to SUVs like the BMW X3 and the Mercedes Benz GLK-Class. Standard exterior features include a two-piece panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys (19-inch wheels optional), and xenon HID headlights.
Under the hood, there is one engine option: a brand-new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 250 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard and is partly controlled by a Terrain Response system that allows the driver to select between four different road settings (grass, gravel, snow, or pavement) and adjusts the LR2s drivetrain accordingly. The LR2 is a capable off-roader, with 8.3-inches of ground clearance and a 29-degree approach angle. Fuel economy figures were not offered.
The LR2’s insides got a slight makeover, similar to the exterior. It adds a more upscale appearance, especially to the dashboard and center console. There is seating for up to five passengers across two rows of seats. The LR2 incorporates “stadium seating” for the second row, elevating it above the front seats by two inches which gives backseat passenger a better view, while the panoramic moonroof means that they won’t be feeling claustrophobic. Standard features include leather upholstery, powered front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen, USB/iPod port, and Bluetooth connectivity. A new Meridian premium audio system is optional, as are navigation and heated front seats/steering wheel.
Standard safety features include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control, and side-impact, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags. A backup camera is also offered for safer reversing/parking.