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2012 Land Rover LR2

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2012 Land Rover LR2 Review

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The 2012 Land Rover LR2 is rare among premium compact SUVs in that it doesn't mind getting dirty. After all, the 5-passenger LR2 is the smallest and least-expensive Land Rover, but it's still a Land Rover. By definition that means this boxy, all-wheel-drive British vehicle takes pride in its ability to travel over hill and dale while treating passengers to posh, leather-wrapped accommodations. Still, it will take more than the LR2's competent Terrain Management system to keep up in a competitive segment that includes more powerful, more fuel-efficient and classier rivals, such as the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and even its own cousin, the striking new Range Rover Evoque.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a premium compact SUV that can tackle mud, ruts, snow and sand, this one can legitimately do it. The lesser-known LR2 also stands out among its peers with more rugged, squared-off looks and ample ground clearance.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle that can tackle extreme terrain, look to a Jeep Wrangler or Toyota FJ Cruiser, which have off-road-specific features like low-range gearing. If you'd rather have a small and sophisticated SUV with plenty of tech frills, check out the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLK.

What's New for 2012

The Land Rover LR2 soldiers on in 2012 with updates it received a year prior that include a new front end that shares its appearance with the Land Rover LR4. Inside, the LR2 has been updated with new seat styles and a redesigned instrument cluster. The SUV is available in three trim levels: LR2, HSE and HSE Lux.

Driving the LR2

Driving Impressions The 2012 LR2 is surprisingly comfortable for an SUV. A pothole-absorbing suspension system, excellent visibility and Land Rover's "Command" driving position inspire confidence, whether negotiating a tight parking lot or...

jumping into the fast lane in rush hour. Though starting to show its age, the LR2's 230-horsepower 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission still adequately hustle the Land Rover to speed, especially when using Sport mode, and the 0-60-mph time is a respectable 8.4 seconds. When venturing off the beaten path, the LR2 is a more than capable and will do most of the thinking for you. With its high-tech Terrain Management system, all it takes is a twist of a dial to optimize the Land Rover for surfaces such as grass, gravel, snow, mud or ruts. Other controls, such as those for climate and the rear wiper, are awkward, and the startup procedure is redundant, forcing you to insert the keyfob into a cavity in the dash and then press the start button. Wind buffeting is pronounced when cruising with the front windows down.

DRIVING POSITION
That Command Driving Position jargon isn't just marketing hype: The Land Rover LR2 offers a superb environment for the driver to get down to business. Thoughtful touches such as a right arm rest that can be set to various positions and locked in place help ease driver fatigue, while big windows allow a good view in all directions.

TERRAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
In addition to the everyday "tarmac" setting, the LR2 can take on various other conditions. Just twist a rotary dial to the appropriate terrain icon and go. For extra safety on steep grades, there is a hill descent control.

2012 Land Rover LR2 Details
Interior

The 2012 Land Rover LR2 has a generally understated but comfortable interior that features leather seats and good legroom in the front and rear. The stadium-style rear bench will be a squeeze for three adults but is fine for two. For better or worse, buttons and knobs abound in the center dash. The LR2's radio is starting to appear dated, and models not equipped with a navigation screen have a gaping hole in the center dash that looks akin to a mouth with a missing tooth. Cargo capacity is good at 58.9 cubic feet, and the rear seats tumble and fold to create a flat surface.

Exterior

You won't find many curves on an LR2. As with other Land Rovers, a boxy shape and angular lines dominate. But it all works for the LR2, giving it a strong, athletic appearance that is seasoned with a dash of sportiness thanks to prominent side vents and a small tailgate spoiler. The LR2 has a forward-leaning stance, which makes it appear ready to pounce. The rear door lifts high to create a wide-open space for easy loading, but it takes a long reach to close.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2012 LR2 models feature permanent all-wheel drive with a driver-adjustable terrain-response system, rear park-distance control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside there is leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, 320-watt Alpine AM/FM/CD 9-speaker system with auxiliary input, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 60/40-split folding rear seats. On the safety front, the LR2 has seven airbags and multiple stability and traction control systems. Surprisingly, Bluetooth is not standard in base models. HSE models add xenon headlights and satellite radio, while the top-line HSE Lux has premium leather seating and a 480-watt, 14-speaker sound system with 6-disc CD player and HD Radio.

Optional Equipment

The LR2's list of optional features is slim, with a DVD navigation system one of the major add-ons. Also available are satellite radio and the Climate Comfort Package, which includes heated front seats, heated front windshield and heated windshield-washer jets.

Under the Hood

All 2012 Land Rover LR2 models use a 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The Land Rover's 230-horsepower engine does a dutiful job moving the vehicle, but fuel economy is dismal, topping out at 22 mpg on the highway and returning just 15 mpg in the city while requiring premium unleaded. On a brighter note, the LR2 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

3.2-liter inline-6
230 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
234 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg

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2012 Land Rover LR2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 74 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Very Satisfied With 2013 LR2 HSE

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have a 2013 LR2 HSE. Originally I was looking for a BMW X3, Volvo XC-60, or an Audi Q3, basically a smaller luxury SUV/Crossover. But after test driving them all, I went with Land Rover. The visibility in the LR2 is incomparable, and the stadium seating for both front and rear passengers is fantastic--great views out all of the windows. The 4 cylinder engine feels just like a V6, no issues punching it to merge onto the freeway, and the handling is very nimble for a taller non-sports type vehicle. It handles wonderfully in the rain, I can't yet comment on other terrains. The rear seats fold completely flat, which may or not be a deal breaker for you, but we use the vehicle primarily for our business, to haul items around, with the added bonus of it being very fun and capable to drive, with a comfortable interior, understated yet stylish dashboard panel (love how many of the features are located through the control system on the steering wheel, freeing up cluttery knobs and buttons all over the place) and pretty much all the bells and whistles you can ask for. Only downside I can say would be no front parking sensors (although I heard they are offered if you purchase new) and power liftgate--but the rear trunk is so easy to manually open and close, it's not that much of an issue when I weigh it against everything else I get in the HSE model. Overall, I am very pleased!"

Best SUV in this price range

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Super good looking vehicle, fun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I always liked the Range Rover, but have not owned one yet. This Land Rover LR2 looks a lot like the more expensive Range Rover. Interior is similar, too. I was afraid of expensive repairs, but have driven this from mid-Illinois to Dallas, TX twice this year with NO problems at all. I bought it used with 86,000 miles on it and now have 103,000. One year ownership. No repairs. The factory brakes last a long time and have not replaced them yet. I get about 18 miles to the gal, average with mostly city driving. Also, three people fit pretty comfortable in the back seats -has 3 seat belts."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Just purchased new 2015 LR2 HSE!

By on Monday, December 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great driver-passenger visibility & comfort"

Cons: "not enough storage space for stuff (like glasses)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I loved the styling of the car, so that won out in the end. I looked at Lexus RX and GX models, plus Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander (Kia over Highlander - drive and see). Ultimately, the LR is its own style and ride. It's not an SUV on car chassis, and it drove better than the GX, which felt like a truck. If you like boxy off-road and rugged, there's few good alternatives. I love the view from the driver's seat - great visibility, plus I'm getting used to all the tech features (like a heated steering wheel). I live in New England, so I needed an SUV that would be great in snow, ice, and torrential rains. It's a bit more rugged in feel and handling than the Lexus RX, and that's what I wanted. The RX had a weirdly placed main dial to control the computer. Not well designed. The LR2 has dashboard that is great and all the buttons & knobs are very well designed placed. Know it's a difficult model to get. If you want one, I would go for a test drive ASAP. There is a new LR starting soon, and it's likely to replace the LR2, so current lot models may be all that is available?? Also know that current models have a V4 and older ones a V6. It does show slightly in both the drive and MPG. For horsepower and torque, it's about equal - in other words, the V6 is not necessarily more hp than the newer v4. The acceleration on the LR2 was fine - it's a heavy SUV, so don't think Porsche. The LR2 will surprise you for the size SUV that it is, as the pick up is sufficient & fun."

13 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Haven't had an issue with the LR2 and really enjoy riding it. The SUV isn't bulky like some others and offers great visibility when driving. 2 thumbs up!"

24 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Safe, attractive, fun to drive, good service"

Cons: "None that I have experienced yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for three years now, purchased as a demo with 4,000 miles on it. While it does not have a great deal of mileage on it, and I confess to "pampering" it (I do not drive it "hard"), the car has been reliable, provides me with a sense of security, and is actually fun to drive. Great pick up when I need it. I LOVE the appearance of the car in particular! I am thinking of keeping it even after the warranty runs out in January, as I would hate to change what I have. I got a great deal on it from the dealer in Massachusetts where we used to live, and have had great service on it both there and now in FL where we live. I wonder if a new one would be as good as this!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Friday, February 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nicely equipped vehicle"

Cons: "No center console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The 2011 LR2 is a great vehicle if you enjoy the great outdoors. As an avid hiker and snowshoer the LR2 performs well throughout the mountains in winter. Very comfortable seating with adequate power under the hood. The negatives at 35,000 miles are the original Continental tires had to be replaced and this vehicle is also a little thirsty."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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