The Land Rover LR2 was actually a replacement for the Land Rover Freelander for the 2008 model year, so the Land Rover LR2 sees no changes for 2009. The LR2 does lose a trim model for 2009, leaving the HSE as the only option for consumers interested in the Land Rover name and a luxury compact SUV. Fortunately, this brand new vehicle is the smallest and least expensive Land Rover, bringing with it more power, style and ruggedness than the subpar Freelander.
The Land Rover LR2 comes with standard all-wheel drive with an engine built by Jaguar. While the LR2 engine comes from Jaguar, it shares a platform with the new 2009 Volvo XC60, S80, and XC90. The Land Rover LR3 is considerably more luxurious, but the 2009 Land Rover LR2 has many of the same features as the coveted LR3. Interlocking headlights, dual-zone climate control, exterior titanium finishes, long-travel suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels are just a few features that further enhance the attractiveness of the affordable 2009 Land Rover LR2.
Expanded front crumple zones, which allow more interior room and less impact absorption along with supplemental braking are just two of the Land Rover LR2's impressive safety features.
2009 Land Rover LR2 Performance
The Land Rover LR2 comes with standard all-wheel drive and shares a platform with the new 2009 Volvo XC60, S80, and XC90. It comes with a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower and 234 lb-ft of torque. 80 percent of the Land Rover LR2's torque is delivered across most of the rev range resulting in an abundance of acceleration when you need it.
The six-speed transmission can be controlled by nudging the gearshift between three modes. These include: Normal mode (automatic), Sport mode (holds gear longer), and CommandShift, if you're interested in more of a 'spirited driving'? experience. Because the Land Rover LR2 features generous angles and clearances, transitioning between hills and flat lands is easy. The Rover can handle ascent angles of 29 degrees and can descend a 32-degree slope, with a wading depth of 19.7 inches.
2009 Land Rover LR2 fuel economy is 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.
2009 Land Rover LR2 Body and Interior
In addition to a fresh, stylish design, smarter headlights, alloy wheels and long-travel suspension, the 2009 Land Rover LR2 features front and rear fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, and park distance control. The interior offers 59 cubic feet of space, power adjustable seating, a quiet cabin, and a nine-speaker audio system. Push-button start tops off the well-rounded list of interior features consumers will appreciate.
2009 Land Rover LR2 Safety
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 features roll stability control (RSC) as well as large disc brakes and an all-terrain Anti-lock brake system (ABS). Supplemental braking offers emergency brake assist (EBA), cornering brake control (CBC) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), which adds up to superior braking capabilities.
The passenger compartment has side-impact beams and inside the cabin is a seven-airbag SRS (supplemental restraint system). The SRS system features variable inflator technology. The technology allows the system to inform the front airbags of passenger size and adjusts each for level of inflation. In addition, the driver's side has knee airbags and there are two side thorax and side curtain airbags.
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 has a vehicle security system for added protection. The vehicle security system helps deter car thieves and keyless entry makes entering the vehicle quick, easy and safe.
2009 Land Rover LR2 Options
The new 2009 Land Rover LR2 has a number of options and packages. SIRIUS Satellite Radio is available along with a personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth capability. Packages include the HST Package, the Cold Climate Package, the Technology Package, and the Lighting Package. The HST package highlights a head turning HST front grille, dual HST exhaust tips and an integrated body kit with painted front and rear bumpers and side-sill advancements.
The Cold Climate Package helps ward off the winter chills with heated front seats, a heated front windshield, and heated windshield washer jets while the Lighting Package helps brighten even the darkest backroads with Bi-Xenon headlights, an adaptive front-lighting system (AFS) with lights that swivel in sync with steering, and approach and puddle lamps.
Enhanced sound with a DVD-based touchscreen GPS navigation system is just the tip of the iceberg for the handsome Technology Package. The package also includes a 440-watt Alpine Dolby Pro Logic 117.1 surround sound audio system, rear-seat audio controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and personal telephone integration system that links to Bluetooth phones to the audio system.
2009 Land Rover LR2 Price and Value Assessment
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 combines a high-level of performance, comfort, and safety that make any trip an enjoyable one, whether it's a quick drive down the highway or a rough ride across rugged terrain. The most affordable of all Land Rovers, the 2009 Land Rover LR2 has a starting MSRP of $35,375.