The Land Rover LR2 was introduced in 2008, representing a rename of the previous Freelander. This all-wheel drive model seats five and offers a single powertrain combination. The LR2 was canceled after 2015 and replaced by the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
2008 to 2015: Land Rover LR2
The smallest and arguably the most affordable Land Rover is the LR2, an all-wheel drive SUV with room for five. Like other Land Rover models, the LR2 is off-road capable, although most owners will keep it on the road. A terrain management system provides three off-road modes to handle most conditions.
The LR2’s squared-off layout is marked by a horizontal grille that’s hemmed in by oversized, wraparound headlamp assemblies. A narrow, lower grille and fog lamps are also present.
Land Rover models are noted for their large greenhouse and upright roof pillars, and the LR2 is no exception. The LR2’s profile also distinguishes itself with flared wheel wells, distinctive side vents and upper and lower character lines. At the rear, a liftgate spoiler, wraparound tail lamp assemblies and reflector lights can also be found. This model has 8.3 inches of ground clearance.
All models are equipped with push-button start, leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a dual-panel sunroof and an Alpine or Meridian audio system.
Upon its introduction, the Land Rover LR2 offered a 230-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities. Beginning in 2013, Land Rover replaced the six-cylinder with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 240 horsepower.
Changes for the LR2 in 2009 included eliminating the previous SE trim level and introducing an HST option package offering a body kit. In 2011, Land Rover tweaked the grille and taillight designs and shuffled this SUV’s option packages.
Beginning in 2013 and coinciding with a new powertrain pairing, the LR2 received slight changes once again to its exterior. Interior cosmetic changes were also made. For 2014, the LR2 received an improved touch-screen interface and enhanced satellite radio capabilities. For the LR2’s final year, Land Rover rolled out special Black Pack and Silver Pack appearance packages.
A number of luxury compact SUVs can be considered alongside the LR2, including Land Rover’s own Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. LR2 shoppers might also consider the Audi Q3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Infiniti QX50.