2010 Land Rover LR2 Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Land Rover LR2 If...

If you favor tradition with lots of modern topspin, being able to carry an impressive payload of people and/or cargo in style and comfort and the ability to keep going far beyond where the pavement ends, an LR2 should be high on your list.

You May Not Like The 2010 Land Rover LR2 If...

If you're a hardcore off-roading fanatic who regularly spends weekends negotiating the great untamed wilderness in low-range crawl mode, pass on the LR2 in favor of a more dedicated go-anywhere alternative like Land Rover's own LR4, a Nissan Xterra or a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

What's New

HD Radio is added to the HSE Plus Package while interior upgrades include a new digital clock and new Storm Grey Napoli perforated leather seating.

Interior Features

You'll find plenty of Land Rover heritage inside the LR2 with traditional high-end materials and build quality. Although barely three inches longer than Land Rover's first small SUV, the Freelander, the LR2 gains almost four inches in wheelbase, which leads to a considerably larger cabin with adult-friendly seating space in the front and rear quarters. Both seat-up and seat-down cargo capacities are good for this class, and the rear bay is easily accessed by a large, one-piece rear hatch with a bumper-level cutout. Legible gauges and fairly intuitive positioning of main controls, plus loads of cup and bottle holders, covered and open stow areas and three 12-volt powerpoints (two up front and one in the rear) further add to its charm as a daily driver.

Exterior Features

Although softened a bit around its edges, the 2010 Land Rover LR2's angular sheetmetal still displays numerous current-generation corporate cues, highlighted by front and rear lamp designs and functional side vents reminiscent of the Range Rover Sport, and a subtle LR4-style rear roofline kickup. Despite short front and rear overhangs and 8.3-inches of ground clearance, that enhance the LR2's off-road capabilities, entry and exit to both front and rear seats is a low-stress exercise. Its large glass area – including a dual-panel panoramic sunroof – aid outward visibility and enhance the feeling of spaciousness. The package is aggressively anchored by standard 19-inch alloy wheels mounting R-rated 235/55 all-season performance tires.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Land Rover LR2 is a solid and confident cruiser, with the muscle to run zero to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 8.4 seconds and the ability to pull a 4,400-pound trailer. Its six-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, quick shifts in either mode, and the "intelligent" all-wheel-drive system that can instantly transfer power between either axle is bolstered by a comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) package, traction control and powerful four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS). Add in a sophisticated Roll Stability Control system, Terrain Response System programming (that adapts for all types of paved or unpaved surfaces) and Land Rover's patented Gradient Release Control and Hill Descent Control, and you end up with an SUV that's amazingly poised, regardless of how or where you travel.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Land Rover LR2 HSE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $36,000, and with all the options tops out just over $44,000. Compare these prices to the Acura RDX AWD, which starts around $35,500 or the BMW X3 at nearly $40,000, and the LR2 seems fairly competitive. Fair Purchase Prices that represent prices consumers are actually paying at any given moment can differ substantially, so click on the Fair Purchase Prices to compare. Land Rover's entry-level models have historically maintained only average residuals compared to other entrants in their segments and the LR2 is no exception, posting weaker resale values over time than either the Acura RDX or BMW X3.

Notable Equipment

The multifaceted 2010 Land Rover LR2 bolsters its impressive mechanical roster of all-wheel drive, Roll Stability Control (RSC), Terrain Response System, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Hill Descent Control/Gradient Release Control with numerous people-pleasing touches. Topping the list are a host of power assists, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, nine-speaker AM/FM/MP3 sound system with six-disc CD changer, wood or metallic-look accent trim, power front bucket seats, 60/40 flat-folding rear bench seat, panoramic sunroof with a front sliding element and fixed rear glass, cruise control, rear park assist, front and rear foglights, headlamp washers and rain-sensing wipers. Passive restraints include dual front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, plus an inflatable driver's knee bolster.

Notable Options

With its extensive array of standard features, the list of LR2 factory extras is decidedly brief. A Cold Climate Package adds heating to the front seats, windshield and windshield washers, while the Bluetooth and Satellite package adds Bluetooth phone connectivity and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The HSE Plus package brings Bluetooth and SIRIUS, corner-following Bi-xenon HID adaptive front lighting, memory driver's seat and power tilt-down mirrors, as well as approach and puddle lamps. The HSE Lux package includes all this plus a DVD-based touch-screen navigation system, a 12-speaker Alpine/Dolby Pro Logic II 7.1 Surround Sound audio system and rear-seat audio controls.

Favorite Features

Terrain Response System

This exclusive Land Rover standard feature matches up throttle, transmission, anti-lock brakes and ESP programming, by using one of four different computer algorithms that optimize power delivery characteristics, no matter what kind of surface you're driving on – from grass to snow to sand to plain old pavement.

Excellent Interior Space

In keeping with a longstanding Land Rover tradition, the LR2's cabin is roomy and flexible. The rear seat can comfortably accommodate two adults or three children, and folds flat to expand cargo capacity from 26.5 cubic feet to a maximum 58.9 cubic feet of space.

Under the Hood

Powering the 2010 Land Rover LR2 is a 3.2-liter DOHC in-line six coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Shared with former Ford partner Volvo, this compact, all-aluminum engine features a variable intake system, Cam Profile Switching (CPS) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) that optimize its responsiveness. In the LR2 it also receives additional modifications to improve resistance to dust, mud and water intrusions, as well as supplemental oil pan baffling to ensure consistent lubrication when the LR2 is being driven on severe inclines. The new six-speed automatic transmission is a solid match, providing both a Sport mode that holds gears longer for quicker acceleration and a CommandShift gate that lets it function like a sequential manual gearbox.

3.2-liter in-line 6

230 horsepower @ 6300 rpm

234 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

Editors' Notes

Land Rover's smallest SUV, the LR2, is also the first corporate offering designed primarily for U.S consumers. This premium compact four-door SUV is based on Ford's versatile C1 unit-body architecture, but displays a bold character that's uniquely Land Rover, includes seating for five and is powered by a strong six-cylinder engine. Although it lacks a dual-range transfer case and air suspension, the LR2's slick full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) package and Land Rover's sophisticated Terrain Response System make it an extremely capable, all-season on/off-roader. Available only in well-appointed HSE trim, the LR2's most direct competition will come from other upscale active-lifestyle vehicles like the Acura RDX and BMW X3. However, its mid-$30,000 price point means buyers will have plenty of other (and newer) "crossovers" to cross-shop.

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Land rover lr2 amazing car with some annoying problems.

My car is amazing from the looks and feel of the interior. It is black on the outside of the car with a rounded square body. The interior is tan leather with wooden and black parts to it. I would say it is a luxury car to most people. Being that it is a 2010 used car it has a few problems. I have also heard land rover's are notorious for having problems. The lining in the back on my car is coming down and that is difficult to fix because of the cars double sunroof. I have had many problems with the alarm of my car randomly going off and did a day to fix it and it has not happened since. It has also had problems with the gas gage. I would be driving and all the sudden my gas would go to zero I just have to stop and restart the car. The last problem I have com across is the car sometimes takes a few tries to turn on even if the battery is fully charged. Other than that my car has amazing comfortability and I love it very much.

- Savanna D

Numerous issues, extremely expensive to maintain.

It is extremely expensive to repair. Quite often the parts that are needed are not available, or are only available to mechanics if they purchase an entire kit of parts. There constantly seems to be something wrong with the vehicle, despite a mechanic not being able to pinpoint any singular issue. While a comfortable and beautiful car, the issues far outweigh the benefits at this point.

- Ryan R

The moonroof is a feature I absolutely love!

My Land Rover is older but I absolutely love it! It is classic and drives beautifully. The inside is elegant and has a lot of luxury features such as leather seats that heat and cool. The alpine speakers are exceptional. It only takes premium gas but because of the low octane it burns slower so less trips to the gas station.

- Deborah T

2010 Land Rover LR2. Poor Electronics.

A lot of electrical problems. I Had a perpetual engine light for years that many mechanics would reset not knowing the problem but indicated the engine was ok. The cause was only recently discovered once my vehicle finally would not start at all and needed to be towed. It needed a new starter the entire time.

- Ryan A

Super small but super nice

Really small interior (no middle console) It is a super nice and smooth ride. Have had the car for a year with no mechanical issues. Really easy to clean. Decent gas mileage. It has good sound with aux capabilities, CD player, and regular radio. It has a sunroof with a screen which is nice for summer days.

- Emmett R

I have heated seats. Navigation, horse power, heated windows and. Sun roof,

I have a land rover lr2. I love my vehicle. I have cool features like heated seats, and navigation. The only problem is that it's not good on fuel. It's a great car and I have few mechanical issues. The speed is fast and its a all weather vehicle. I have no problem in the winter when it snows.

- Sophia A

Land Rover lr2 2010 review.

It's very reliable and I live that I can trust out will start and run even in the coldest temp I have also not had a problem getting stuck. This is a very dependable vehicle. I love my leather seats and the fact that it has a sunroof and moonroof. The sound system is also very good.

- Jane Z

Maintenance is a bit more expensive, an example is the oil change.

I really like my car. It is easy for me to get in and out for me. I do regular maintenance on time which has worked. I use the snow/ice setting which works very well. I do believe in following recommendations which I am sure has kept it working so well.

- Mary T

Can drive over anything in any condition.

There is always an oil leak but it keeps running. It handles like a champ through all kinds of terrain. It keeps going despite minor problems. Has some electrical issues but you can come up with creative fixes.

- Tiara M

It just about always has something wrong with it. It has over 130k miles, too.

I like the style and look of it, but repairs are very expensive and they have a horrible reputation of mechanical problems.

- amy m

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