2011 Land Rover LR2 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Land Rover LR2 was new.


Performance: 7.8

The Land Rover LR2 has an adequate on-road ride and good off-road abilities, but its engine is underpowered and its fuel economy is poor.

  • "As with other Land Rovers, the LR2 can also soak up potholes with ease while the comfortable passenger compartment remains undisturbed. However, these positive attributes are outweighed by a variety of faults. Sluggish acceleration is one of them, the main culprit being a combination of a heavy 2-ton curb weight and a modest 230-horsepower engine.” -- Edmunds
  • "Few compact SUVs ride better overall. LR2's soft suspension with long wheel travel absorbs big ruts and dips but allows mild pitching. The tires can cause minor thump and jiggle on sharp bumps and rippled freeways. The stout-feeling structure compensates." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Land Rover LR2 comes with a 3.2-liter 230-horsepower inline six-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers find the engine underpowered and say it struggles off the line and on steep hills. Even worse is the LR2’s fuel economy. According to the EPA, the LR2 achieves 15/22 mpg city/highway. This rating is the worst in its class.

  • "Adequate overall, aided by a smooth and responsive automatic transmission. Land Rover claims 8.4 seconds 0-60 mph, but it doesn't feel that quick. LR2 lacks solid midrange punch and struggles a bit up steep grades." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Out our test track, the LR2 turned-in a 0-60-mph time of 9.3 seconds, which is quite a bit slower than some competitors -- no doubt a byproduct of its heavy 4,300-pound curb weight.” -- Edmunds
  • "The six-cylinder engine provides decent rather than startling performance." -- Car and Driver
  • "Coming in at a heavy 4,250 lbs. one might be inclined to worry about the small 3.2-liter V6 that generates a paltry 230hp in performance but when it comes to getting off the road, somehow the smaller engine manages to move this heavy small car well enough to please. On the streets the acceleration isn't much to smile about, getting from zero to sixty in over nine seconds compared to the competition which usually does it in less than seven.” -- Automobile.com

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say the LR2 handles well thanks to stability and traction control systems. However, its on-pavement ride is more comfortable than sporty.

  • "The brakes are capable and have a solid pedal feel, but when used aggressively, the front end tends to nose down quite dramatically.” -- Edmunds
  • "Stable and well-planted on-road feel, though LR2's tall body leans more than we like in fast turns, and the steering is a tad sloppy and slow. One test model's brakes felt touchy at times." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On tarmac, the LR2 displays a confident, compliant ride free of the harshness of some of its rivals, though it probably lacks their ultimate handling tenacity." -- Motor Trend
  • "The suspension soaks up bumps as it should, but it's firm enough to let the LR2 corner as well as any SUV this size. It never feels tipsy, as the Discovery used to." -- Orlando Sentinel


Off-road driving is a Land Rover specialty, and most reviewers feel that the LR2 holds its own in this department -- despite the fact that it lacks a low-speed transfer case. Test drivers especially like the Terrain Response System, which is standard on all but the base model. Controlled by a dial, the system reconfigures the engine, transmission and traction control settings for a variety of conditions: on-road, grass, gravel, snow, mud, ruts and sand.

  • "The [2011] Land Rover LR2 does manage to best the competition when it comes to off-road performance, however. Its decent ground clearance, long suspension travel and electronic aids combine to give the LR2 the ability to explore terrain that most other luxury SUVs would fear to tread upon." -- Edmunds
  • "With a great turning circle that allows you to negotiate those tight little roads with ease, and its impressive Terrain Response Control, you can take your little Land Rover over hill and dale and obstacles that are likely to leave the competition floundering with high-pitched, fuel-efficient whines." -- Automobile.com
  • "Although the LR2 will likely be viewed as a road-friendly crossover, it offers a number of features geared specifically for true off-roading. These include Land Rover's unique Terrain Response system, standard all-wheel-drive, and the patented Gradient Release Control, which improves driver confidence and control when releasing the brakes on steep and slippery slopes. -- Left Lane News
  • "The Terrain Response system and generous ground clearance provided sure passage on tricky off-road driving courses despite the fact that this vehicle doesn't have low-range gearing." -- Consumer Guide

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