Though it resembles its Freelander predecessor, the 2008 Land Rover LR2 arrives with a more sophisticated presence. Outside, the blocky front end has been massaged into a more congruous design, the headlights have been tweaked, and the flanks have lost the trying-too-hard-to-be-tough plastic fender flares. We’re not sold on the vent treatment on the fenders, but the clean tail end with stylish lenses is welcome. The spare tire, previously mounted on the tailgate, has been moved inside under the cargo floor. That interior also boasts an elegant instrument panel, replacing the hodge-podge setup with odd dash-top cupholders found in the Freelander.