2014 Land Rover LR2 | new car review

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 by
2014 Land Rover LR2
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AEDAED 169,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 75%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

As compact SUV’s go, the LR2 is arguably one of the more sensible choices. Packed with features, the entry-level certainly looks good on paper, but has it got enough to banish the unreliable reputation of its predecessor?

Pros

Features

Cons

Interior

Looks

The LR2 is an instantly recognisable Land Rover, as it follows the style doctrine to the tee. Neither sharp nor curvy, the LR2 is a fine looking car, but arguably very dated. Hold a picture of an original 1997 model against the one you see in the showroom today, and you will have to ask why Land Rover hasn’t bothered to change it. Were they so happy with the original that they didn’t think they needed to change it, or have they spent more time working on more fundamental problems, like reliability? Land Rover have somehow managed to make a car look good with absolutely no effort at all.

2014 Land Rover LR2 front

Feel

The interior is, as you would expect in an entry-level model, mild. There is nothing notably wrong with it, and it is certainly better than most others, but it lacks a proper Land Rover character. The British marque only builds off-roaders, nothing else, so it’s not as if they haven’t a clue what they’re doing in this department, like BMW, but you would expect more. Sitting inside the LR2 leaves you feeling a little empty; it doesn’t feel like a Land Rover.

2014 Land Rover LR2 interior

Engineering

Ok, so the LR2 looks the same on the outside as it did in 1997, and like just-another-car on the inside, so you’re probably wondering what can persuade you to consider buying one. Well, goodies. If you are mad into features, then the LR2 won’t let you down. New for 2014 are an upgraded infotainment system and a new satellite radio. There is a fair amount of space in there; boot space weighs in at 760 litres or 1670 litres when the seats are down. It has been engineered to go , and looks fairly trustworthy in that department.

What’s on offer?

The LR2 HSE is the only model available, and comes fitted with a turbo-charged 2.0 litre straight-4 engine. It churns out 240 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque, which means it can tow up to 2,000 kg with relative ease. Things like rain-sensitive windshield wipers, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, terrain response, and climate control continue to feature. Rumour has it that the LR2 is a superb off-roader, and at AED 169,000 it is reasonably priced.

Summing it

Was Land Rover so happy with the original that they didn’t think they needed to change its looks, or have they spent more time and money working on more fundamental problems, like reliability? That’s the question, isn’t it? Land Rover builds good cars these days, and I strongly believe that the LR2, which is due for another major overhaul for 2015, would be a sensible purchase. If you can afford AED 30,000 more then you could look at the Evoque. But for this class I think I’d rather have the LR2 than the BMW X3, because then, at least, you can take it off-road.

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