The New Land Rover LR2

I’ve always been a fan of the outdoorsy, laid-back but preppy Land Rover vibe. car detailing Melbourne I suppose the Range Rover is far from understated, but Land Rover’s roots aren’t quite as bling bling and flashy as those most often seen driving their flagship SUV in US Weekly and In Touch. According to Wikipedia, Land Rover’s first foray into automaking was in 1948 when it developed a pioneering civilian all-terrain utility vehicle. While most SUVs in America never see a terrain other than pavement, it’s fascinating to note the original Series I Land Rover was intended for use on farm land.

The Freelander

In case you aren’t familiar, the Freelander (the LR2’s former name) was Land Rover’s first attempt at entering the ever-growing small SUV market and went out of production in 2005 due to poor sales. I drove one back in 2003, so my expectations of the LR2 weren’t very high. The Freelander’s uncomfortable interior, incredibly small size, and exterior looks left a lot of room for improvement.

The dealership

So, with the Freelander overhauled as the new LR2, I thought I’d swing by Land Rover of Fort Lauderdale and check her out. I absolutely love the no-pressure, outdoorsy vibe of the Land Rover dealership. The salesmen are more like safari guides, and appear to be more honest and down-to-earth than the average, run-of-the-mill car salesman.

Of course, the minute I arrived at the dealership, I was immediately drawn to the higher priced vehicles.

The test drive

But today’s mission was to test drive the new, more affordable Landie. So, my safari guide took me and a friend out on the treacherous terrain of US highway 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. And conquer that difficult terrain she did!

I was taking pictures while my friend drove. Then we switched seats.

From the backseat, the LR2 was tight, but adequate, and about as comfortable as the BMW X3. Note: I am 5′6″; taller passengers may not be as comfortable.

After my friend had her turn driving over the steep speed bumps and highway onramps of South Florida, I took the driver’s seat. The first thing I noticed was that the interior, while pleasant, is slightly cramped, although not nearly as so as the first generation Freelander.

And finally, no trip to the Land Rover dealership would be complete without a ride on their faux rock course! No, we weren’t in an LR2 either.

If you’re not taking the LR2 off-road, there are definitely more interesting options in the 30-40K range, unless of course, you’re set on the little green Land Rover logo.

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