By Matt Schmitz on August 2, 2013
When Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek drove the 2013 Land Rover LR2, he said the compact luxury SUV felt like a throwback to another era — but not one for which he’s nostalgic. While he praised the five-seater's handling, Bruzek criticized its antiquated look, interior, equipment and gas mileage. Worst is its failure to live up to the brand's premium experience and design quality — particularly against the automaker's stylish and refined Evoque compact SUV.
The LR2 Bruzek tested, which came in Firenze Red with an Ebony Leather interior, was constructed making "extensive use" of high-strength steel, according to Land Rover. The powertrain is composed of a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic.
Standard features included Land Rover's Terrain Response System for snow, mud and sand; hill descent control; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a temporary spare on an 18-inch steel wheel; an anti-roll bar; a body-colored rear spoiler; an electric rear-window defroster; rain-sensing wipers; front and rear fog lamps, daytime running lights and headlight washers; rear park distance control; and keyless entry with push-button start.
Inside, features that came with Bruzek's LR2 included dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, an analogue clock in the center console, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, dark chestnut trim, steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, power adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, a power sunroof, a 7-inch color touch-screen multimedia system and Bluetooth connectivity. The base price of the test car was $37,295, including an $895 destination charge. The $2,500 HSE Package added xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with auto leveling, memory driver's seat and side mirrors, LED signature lighting and a rearview camera. The $1,750 Hard Disc Drive Satellite Navigation Package added voice control and a CD player. The $1,000 Climate Comfort Pack added a heated windshield, front seats, washer jets and steering wheel. Other upgrades included $950 for special paint and $750 for Sirius Satellite Radio and HD Radio.
Options packages brought the grand total, including destination, to $44,245. Check out the photos below by Cars.com photographer Evan Sears.
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