2009 Land Rover LR2 | new car review

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 by

2009 Land Rover LR2

Building on the sales success of the previous compact SUV offering from , the Freelander, comes the 2009 LR2.

All new in 2008 and still raring to go for 2009, the little LR2 offers Land Rover fans a funky way into the prestigious and rugged Land Rover brand without the larger price tags of the bigger, more traditional Land Rover models, such as the Range Rover.

For sixty-years, Land Rover has built-up an extremely strong brand image based on the unbeatable, rugged capability of their vehicles; it was only fairly recently that the company went all ‘bling’ with their more modern Range Rover models.

2009 Land Rover LR2  interior

But, rest assured, even though Range Rover now sells many top-spec and luxurious Range Rover models here in the Middle East, their powerful underpinnings of bygone days are still there, running throughout the range. You cannot substitute years of off-road experience, and no other brand can match Land Rover for their rough-stuff-knowledge.

So, with the 2009 you get a tough little SUV that will let you have quite a lot of dirty fun, whilst still retaining some decent on-road manners for comfortable motorway and town cruising. This is due mainly to the fact that Land Rover has utilized a Ford car chassis underneath the LR2; keeping the overall weight down and the more ‘trucky’ feel of the bigger models in the range, at bay – the LR2 will always feel lighter and more nimble, both on and off the road, when compared to the bigger brutes.

Clever use of a more adaptive suspension system also comes into play when making the 2009 Land Rover LR2 feel good on many different surfaces; namely the Terrain Response and Roll Stability Control systems that help to banish the ‘wallowing’ feel associated with jacked-up 4x4s of days gone by.

2009 Land Rover LR2

Also under the LR2’s skin is a permanent, intelligent all-wheel drive transmission with an electronically-controlled centre differential that can quickly vary the torque-split between the front and rear axles, as the various sensors pick up ‘slip’ information from each wheel.

The LR2’s looks have gone down well with Land Rover fans, with that mix of tough, chunky and classy that currently describes the Land Rover model line-up, and when it comes to 4x4s in many countries, Land Rover is definitely the badge to have. This is your chance to be part of that top-notch 4×4 club, without paying out quite as much money.

Powering the 2009 Land Rover LR2 is a nicely torquey 3.2-litre, straight-six, petrol engine. Gear shifting is taken care of by a six-speed automatic transmission that also features manual shifting options. Equipment includes leather seats, power front seats, dual-panel sunroof, keyless engine start button, rear park distance control, 18-inch alloy wheels, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

And like the rest of the Land Rover model range, you can spec-up the LR2 as much as you like from the options list, but even just paying the base price assures you of some stylish fun both on and off the road.

Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Saloon 3.5 263 337 A

Price Range (AED) 155,000–165,000

 

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