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2015 Land Rover LR2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/28/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Land Rover LR2 is now available with a new 825-watt 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system, and a new package with satellite and HD radio. Two new packages, the Black Pack and Silver Pack, are new for the 2015 model year and come with larger 19-inch wheels, navigation and unique exterior and interior accents.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Land Rover LR2 is a four-wheel-drive two-row luxury SUV that serves as the automaker's entry-level model. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent at 17/24 mpg city/highway. 2015 is the final model year for the LR2; the Land Rover Discovery Sport arrives for 2016.


On the road, the 2015 Land Rover LR2 drives smoothly and well composed for an SUV with impressive handling on twisty sections. When the pavement ends, the SUV shines with great off-road capability thanks to the Terrain Response system, which allows the driver to select different modes to suit road conditions, and the excellent four-wheel drive drivetrain.

Refinement is an LR2 strong point, with a well-insulated cabin that isolates occupants from outside noise. After its 2013 model year refresh, the LR2 now sports a revised center stack with a seven-inch touchscreen, and a cleaner control layout with less buttons and more storage spaces, making it appear more modern. Cargo space is good for the class with up to 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Tech and convenience features are generous and included a new 17-speaker Meridian sound system, navigation, heated steering wheel and front seats, and satellite radio. The available Silver Pack and Black Pack also add unique exterior accents for those looking to personalize their vehicle.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Land Rover LR2.

What We Think

For those looking for a two-row luxury SUV that is capable off-road, the 2015 Land Rover LR2 is a good choice thanks to its Terrain Response system and standard four-wheel drive. In a 2013 First Drive review, we noted that the LR2 had no problem making its way through a forest trail and kept up with the larger LR4 leading the group. While not as capable as hardcore off-road machines like the Jeep Wrangler, the LR2 "will definitely be able to tackle just about any casual off-road trail." Its steering feel, however, is "completely devoid of feel and feedback," making it hard to drive off the tarmac. On the other hand, the LR2 impresses on the highway with its smooth and quiet ride. Additionally, the interior, particularly the dash, is well laid-out and has a modern design with plenty of storage spaces, a seven-inch touchscreen, and a new gauge cluster with LED display. The SUV's exterior styling is another weak point because it hasn't changed much since the LR2 was first introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle.

You'll Like

  • Capable off-road
  • Well laid-out interior
  • Smooth ride

You Won't Like

  • Numb steering
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Dated exterior styling

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • BMW X3
  • Audi Q5
  • Volvo XC60
  • Lexus RX


3 star


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