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2008 Land Rover LR2 SE Review

Versatile Sport Utility

A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Land Rover LR2 SE

In short: Ultra-premium, off-road capable small SUV.

The cool and compact LR2 replaces the ill-received Freelander as the small SUV in Land Rover's fleet, and with it comes a bevy of improvements, including a beefed-up 3.2-liter, 230-horsepower inline 6 and an intelligent all-wheel drive system. For those looking for the "sport" in this scaled-down sport utility vehicle, don't worry. Equipped with Land Rover's innovative terrain response system and hill descent control, the LR2 is one city-friendly SUV that is just as comfortable on the road as it is off.

Land Rover LR2 SE Interior
LR2 Gearshift Land Rover Vent

A three-quarter rear view of a 2008 Land Rover LR2 SE

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $34,700/As Tested: $39,950

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.2-liter inline 6
Horsepower: 230 bhp
Torque: 234 lb-ft

Curb weight: 4,255 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.7 in
177.1/85.7/69.5 in
Turning circle: 37.1 ft

Brakes: power-assisted four wheel ventilated disc brakes

independent front and rear suspension with long-travel coil springs and anti-roll bar

Traction: all-wheel drive with electronically-controlled center coupling; Terrain Response; Gradient Release Control; Hill Descent Control

Safety: seven airbag supplemental restraint system; driver and front passenger airbag; side thorax and head protection airbag

0-60 mph:
8.4 seconds
Top Speed: 124 mph

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

Likes: off-road capability; luxe trim utility
Dislikes: gas mileage

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(Updated: 04/07/10 NW)

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