Jul 06, 2012
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $56,745: 2.0-liter 240-hp turbocharged 4-cyl, 6-speed automatic
Likes

Striking looks turn heads. One-piece glass roof is a brilliant innovation for us sun-deprived Pacific Northwesterners. 2-litre 4-banger makes a respectable 18/28 mpg, with adequate turbo acceleration when needed. Tastefully elegant interior. Hockey puck shift knob is fun to spin and works well.

Dislikes

Bigger outside than in, and it looks smaller every time I see it. Shape and proportions bear an unappealing resemblance to the Kia Soul. Comically tiny rear window is helped little by the gargantuan rear- and side-view mirrors, which significantly obstruct your forward view. Backup camera is merely utilitarian. Arm rests located too far back for my elbows, bump at the back of the seat well hits my heels. Stereo slow to toggle between inputs. Waiting for the power seats to move forward for rear seat access is annoying.

Verdict

Another crossover that somehow has less room than a traditional car. Land Rover calls it a “coupe,” which in some ways clarifies how you’re supposed to use it. Urban single folk and young couples will enjoy cruising and turning heads, and even though rear passengers will have a hard time crawling through to the cramped backseat, they’ll forget their discomfort as soon as they look up through the massive skylight. The experience of an interior flooded with natural light while driving is truly special, and in the gloomy Northwest, I don’t think I’d ever draw the shade.

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