2008 Land Rover LR2 Review

2008 Land Rover LR2 The 2008 Land Rover LR2 is the latest mini-SUV from Ford’s British automaker. The LR2 replaces the old & forgotten Freelander, which was only known for being one of the least reliable vehicles ever to grace the roadways with it’s presence.

The LR2 is technically made with off-roading in mind – and it does perform better in that area than it’s main rivals, the BMW X3 and Acura RDX. However, the LR2 is built on a unibody platform, rather than the traditional truck body on frame, which in my eyes limits it’s durability. Couple that with the fact that there’s no “4 LO” mode, and I have serious doubts about the LR2’s off-road credentials. I wouldn’t take this mini-ute to the same places I would take a Wrangler.

Overall, the 2008 Land Rover LR2 seems to fall short. It plays up the rugged, off-roading factor, yet falls short. And it isn’t comfortable or fancy enough to compete in the luxury area. Add to that the reliability question mark, and the fact that the base price is nearly $34,000, and I’m just not convined that the LR2 is a good choice for, well, anyone.

2008 Land Rover LR2 Specs
  • 230 HP 3.2 liter Inline 6
  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • AWD
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • 4 wheel ABS
  • 320 watt Alpine stereo system
  • MSRP starts at $33,985
  • EPA Ratings not yet available
2008 Land Rover LR2 Reviews

TTAC reviews the 2008 Land Rover LR2 and writes – ‘Land Rover may be hemorrhaging Ford’s money (for now), but it does channel traditional British automotive spirit. The LR2 is not particularly fast, uses too much gas, cramps passengers and can’t match a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited off-road. Land Rover reliability may have improved in recent years, but it’s gone from “worst by a mile” to “worst.” The LR2 will be utterly crushed in sales by Asian, German, and even American competition. And yet it’s an utterly charming machine: a genuine Land Rover.

Cnet reviews the Land Rover LR2 and writes – ‘We weren’t disappointed in the engine’s power. The LR2 isn’t going to win drag races, but it can be made to move fast off the line, and works well in passing maneuvers. We tried it on a few steep hills around San Francisco, and it climbed them easily. Unfortunately, we don’t have fuel economy numbers on this car. It’s a 2008, and the EPA hasn’t posted numbers for its new test. Also, we only had the LR2 in for a few days, which we didn’t feel was adequate time to judge the fuel economy. We can only speculate that an engine of this size should rate around 20mpg, give or take 3mpg.’

Edmunds reviews the Land Rover LR2 and writes – ‘The 2008 Land Rover LR2 is easily Land Rover’s most accessible SUV to date, thanks to its relatively modest size and weight that make it easy to toss around and park. On the downside, acceleration is mediocre for a luxury SUV, due to the engine’s minimal low-end torque and the transmission’s sluggish response off the line. Handling on pavement is unimpressive, as the LR2 exhibits considerable body roll around turns. The steering is well weighted but low on feedback, and more demanding drivers may be put off by its unusually quick response just off center. The brakes are strong with a progressive pedal feel, but the suspension allows a bit too much front-end dive. One advantage the Land Rover does offer is a comfortable ride quality, as it’s more compliant than either the RDX or X3.’

Published on May 11, 2007 in Land Rover

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