Jan 01, 2008
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $40,050
Likes

Elegant, downsized Range Rover replaces forgettable Freelander. Volvo-based 230-hp, 6-cylinder, and 6-speed automatic suits car-like character. Quiet at speed, many electronic gizmos assist handling, braking etc. Stylish leather interior, well-organized dash, twin sunroofs. Off-road “terrain response” capability seems wasted on cross-over 4×4.

Dislikes

4,211 pounds needs more torque— maybe the Volvo V8? 2.6 turns lock-to-lock steering feels twitchy, 26.5 cubic feet is tight for storage, 21 mpg highway is unimpressive, navigation can’t be initiated while in motion.

Verdict

Range Rover sibling at half the price, with half the off-road capability, which nobody uses anyway. Biggest problem: This market is crowded, and the LR2 is definitely late to the dance.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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