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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 79 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Perfect road trip vehicle

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable commanding driving in all weather"

Cons: "every thing is pricy to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great car. Land Rover really did a great job on this car. The engine is perfectly matched to this car. It has really great performance. Fuel economy as expected for a car this size. Plenty luggage space for the average road trip. You can sleep in it with the back seats down. In general it is great fun to drive on the road and highly capable off road. It really shines when the weather gets lousy. Traction in snow and mud and rain is outstanding. It makes you wish for bad weather."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love, love, love my LR2

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "gorgeous, awesome turning ratio, good in snow"

Cons: "towing capability limited to 3300 lbs"

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

"I bought my 2008 LR2 brand new - and simply love it almost 8 years later. I looked at all the SUVs before purchasing this vehicle. What made my decision was the turning ratio, still amazes me, plus its good looks. Sadly looking to get a new vehicle because I need to be able to tow more than the LR2 can handle. Minimal tweaks (gas gauge stopped working, weird knocking sound) needed on the vehicle and all were under warranty as it happened early."

22 people out of 32 found this review helpful

have owned for 8 months, it's been a great so far

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"bought a 2011 lr2 8 mths ago. it now has 51000 mls. it's been great so far. no problems. very solid and quiet. it did come with a 6 yr/100,000 mile warranty, but no problems. previous owner had no problems either. did my own oil change, pretty easy. white with almond, very sharp looking car. wish it got better gas millage, but worth it.. fairly quick. great in the snow. can't wait to get it on the beach this summer."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Purchased Used - Gonna Keep for a Long TIME

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, road feel, traction, comfort, shifting"

Cons: "No audible feedback when remote locking"

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

"I bought my 2008 LR2 SE to replace my 2005 Honda Pilot EX-L that was nearing 150000 miles and beginning to worry me because of repair costs (i.e., alternator, engine mounts, struts, etc.). Besides, my plan for the last 3 vehicles I have owned is to purchase them used with under 100k miles and then sell them just around 150k miles. I'm not so sure that I'll do the same with this LR2. I love the way it handles. I love the way it looks. I love the reliability. The first couple of days of driving it around I missed the interior space of my Pilot. But, really that's all I missed about my Pilot (and it's a great vehicle). I now have a way better turning radius. I fit everywhere: alleys, narrow off-road trails, parking spots. The AWD feels amazing in rain, terrain, and dunno about snow yet, but I'm gonna guess that it handles it's business there too. The other things I love include the height of the vehicle, which makes it much easier to put my toddlers into their carseats; the automatic everything (lights, doors, windows); sport/command shifting; dual moonroofs (I may be the only one to like the mesh shades); and the visibility around the car makes me feel like I never have a blindspot. Did I mention I LOVE this vehicle? So, why not a 10/10 for value and overall? Mostly because I feel that vehicles, in general, are too expensive and this rover is no execption. And the one pet peeve with the LR2 is that you don't get audible feedback when remote locking it--it's the opposite actually, if you hear the horn it means something is open. You have to listen for the audible click of the door locks or look for the lights. Kind of bizarro that one little thing."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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!"

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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."

21 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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