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2012 Land Rover LR2 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Land Rover LR2 was new.


Interior: 7.2

The 2012 Land Rover LR2’s level of interior quality seems to be a point of disagreement for reviewers, but they do agree that the compact SUV’s front seats are spacious and that the rear seats will be cramped for three adults, just like many SUVs in this class. Unlike some competitors, the LR2 has a standard sunroof, but lacks standard features like a USB port and Bluetooth. Reviewers think that the LR2’s moderate cargo capacity prevents it from standing out in the pack, but its available cargo room is still good for the class.  

  • "The LR2's cabin takes a cue from more expensive Range Rovers by offering high-quality leather trim, solid-feeling plastics, and a blocky design imparting an upscale but sporty feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "At the same time, the LR2 is also a little short on interior quality and a little compact in cargo capacity, so it delivers neither the luxury nor the utility that you might expect in a crossover." -- Edmunds


The automotive press says the 2012 LR2’s front seats are spacious, with plenty of head- and legroom and good forward visibility. One reviewer adds that the second-row seats fit two passengers best because the area is too narrow for three, though that passenger recommendation isn’t uncommon for a compact SUV.

  • "Large folks might find it slightly cozy, but there's adult-size legroom and headroom on supportive, chair-height seats. Step-in is a bit high, but manageable. … Like other compact-class SUVs, LR2 isn't wide enough for three adults to sit comfortably in back, but two have good headroom and shoulder space, plus decent knee space and legroom unless the front seats are moved well rearward." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "An upright seating position up front provides plenty of legroom and headroom for larger adults, though some may find the low-mounted (and firm) rear bench (a design meant to help ensure a flat load floor when the seat is folded) a bit uncomfortable." -- Edmunds 
  • "That Command Driving Position jargon isn't just marketing hype: The Land Rover LR2 offers a superb environment for the driver to get down to business." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2012 LR2 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, an auxiliary input jack, an Alpine stereo and a rear parking aid. Navigation and Bluetooth are optional.

Several test drivers are impressed with the navigation system, which isn’t confusing like the ones found in some competitors. However, more than one reviewer thinks the cabin’s abundance of controls are hard to use at first. One test driver particularly dislikes the LR2’s push-button start, which requires you to insert the key into a special slot before pressing the start button.  

  • "Most switchgear is simple, handy, and intuitive, though a few dashboard icons puzzle. The climate controls are low-set but easy enough to operate. The audio system is independent of the navigation system, a plus, but its display is tough to read. The gauges are large and legible." -- Consumer Guide
  • "From the driver seat, the instruments and controls are a bit busy and hard to read at a glance, but the optional touchscreen navigation system is mercifully simple and easy to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "Other controls, such as those for climate and the rear wiper, are awkward, and the startup procedure is redundant, forcing you to insert the keyfob into a cavity in the dash and then press the start button." -- Kelley Blue Book


With 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 26.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up, some reviewers aren’t impressed with the 2012 LR2’s cargo space. Compared with the class, they aren’t the highest figures, but are still respectable for a small SUV.

  • "Load volume isn't generous for a compact SUV, but what's there is usefully shaped and easily accessed. The split rear seat double-folds to increase space and form a flat cargo deck." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo space is also a bit less than the competition, with 26.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 58.9 cubes with the backseat folded." -- Edmunds

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