The Land Rover LR2 is a luxurious yet versatile compact SUV. The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is a luxury SUV representing the famous Land Rover name, but in a smaller package. The LR2 is designed for on-road driving, although it is capable of handling light and medium duty trails. Land Rover’s own Terrain Response system helps with off-road duties while the luxurious leather and wood interior remind you that this SUV can pull double-duty.

Even with the versatility of this crossover, there are disadvantages in owning the 2009 Land Rover LR2. The acceleration is adequate, but not impressive for the small SUV. The cargo space, rear passenger space and fuel economy are also at or below average for this class of SUV. For the starting price of the LR2, a higher-quality SUV could be had from Lexus, Mercedes or Porsche with most of the same capabilities, higher quality and a lower price.

Land Rover LR2 Trim Options

There are two available models for the LR2, SE and HSE. With the SE you get 18-inch wheels, two-part panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, interior air filter, 8-way power driver seat, 6-way power front passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, split folding rear seats, nine-speaker stereo with six-disc MP3/CD changer and auxiliary jack, automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors and push-button and remote engine start. The HSE model adds 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, tilt/telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel, upgraded power front seats, interior storage box and body-colored bumpers. Cargo space for both models is 59 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded and 26.5 cu. ft with the rear seats up.

Separate options are also available on both models. Bi-xenon headlights that sense darkness and automatically brighten and headlight wipers that automatically activate when it rains, full-color touch-screen DVD satellite navigation, top-level audio system with 12-speaker Dolby Pro Logic II 7.1 Surround Sound with fiber-optic interconnects.

Land Rover LR2 Performance

The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is available with only one engine/transmission package. The new 3.2 liter inline-six has an output of 230 horsepower and 234 pound-feet of torque. The acceleration has been recorded as zero to 60 in 8.4 seconds. The standard transmission is a six-speed automatic. It includes Land Rover's CommandShift, which allows the driver to manually change gears when desired. For more aggressive and faster gear changes there is the driver-selectable sport-shift mode.

Terrain Response, unique to Land Rover, is standard on all models and allows drivers to select which terrain they are driving over: general driving, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts or sand. This provides changes to the engine and transmission behavior to optimize the LR2's performance. The fully independent suspension and Roll Stability Control – technology mitigating the risk of roll-overs even in extreme conditions – allows for a confident, solid ride.

Fuel economy is rather disappointing in the LR2. With 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, they aren’t the best results in this SUV’s class.

Land Rover LR2 Safety

With an anti-skid system, traction control, anti-lock brakes, front aide and curtain side airbags all coming standard on all models, the 2009 Land Rover LR2 is a safe SUV to drive with more standard safety features than other in it’s class.