Bottom line: The LR2 is an excellent option for a Range Rover buyer who does not want to wait for an Evoque or Range Rover HSE, and who wants to save money on purchase and fuel prices in the bargain.
Ride, acceleration and handling: The LR2 feels more like a nice station wagon in all respects — stable on roads and off, reliable, not especially remarkable. By comparison, the Range Rover Evoque looks and feels downright zippy.
Body style/layout: The LR2 is a front-engine, compact, unitized-body all-wheel-drive luxury sport-utility vehicle with four side doors and a rear hatch. There are three trim iterations — base, LR2 HSE and LR2 HSE Lux.
Engine/transmission: The new LR2 comes standard with a turbocharged 16-valve, 2-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve timing (240 horsepower, 250 foot-pounds of torque). The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.
Capacities: Pay attention when comparing the LR2 and the Evoque in this category. Both vehicles seat five people. But the LR2, with its higher roof, offers more headroom (about five inches better) for tall folks. The LR2 also offers a larger maximum cargo space — 58.9 cubic inches, compared with nearly 51 cubic inches for the Evoque.
Safety: Standard equipment on the new LR2 includes ventilated front and rear disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction control, fog lights, and side and head air bags.
Pricing: Prices for the 2013 LR2 start at $36,400, with a dealer’s invoice price of $33,124. Price as tested is $37,250, including an $850 destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $33,974.
Note: The available HSE and HSE Lux packages can be expensive. For example, adding HSE Lux (premium leather seat coverings and carpeting, high-intensity-discharge headlamps, premium audio, and other options) can $5,100 to your price tag.