An oldie but a goodieType in Land Rover LR2 into Google and one of the suggestions that comes up is "Land Rover LR2 vs. Ford Escape". Who am I to argue with Google?
Type in Land Rover LR2 into Google and one of the suggestions that comes up is “Land Rover LR2 vs. Ford Escape”.
Who am I to argue with the Google?
Just look at it and try to deny that it isn’t the same platform as the 2012 Ford Escape. It will be hard.
I used the Google to do a bit of research; a wealth of information is out there on the breakdown of the EUCD platform, the basic foundation of the LR2. Not shared with the Ford Escape though.
It didn’t help that I spent an entire summer in that same 2012 Escape Limited.
I was a fan of it. I truly was. At random times I’d find myself veering off main roads and taking any side road that looked at least a bit interesting. Where people would avoid the gravel roads, I embraced them, I became one with the dirt and mud. It was fun and to be honest, the Land Rover LR2 just reminded me of that time.
They have similar shapes, angles and seating position, but that’s where it all ends. To say that the 2013 Land Rover LR2 is just a pretty Ford Escape would be tantamount to the understatement of the year.
Where you feel yourself suffocating in the Ford Escape, you feel like you’re relaxing on a barcalounger in the 2013 Land Rover LR2. It’s smooth, quiet, comfortable and for lack of a better description, a tank.
I had no issues with the LR2 through some of the worst weather thus far; snow, slush, ice, everything imaginable for a Toronto winter. The LR2 was potent on every surface type I threw at it. Achieved by putting 80% of the power to the front wheels, with multiple distinct drive train programs, the Land Rover adapted quite amazingly well to whatever Mother Nature threw at it.
When other commuters got in the way, the Land Rover would go from 0 – 100 kph in around 9 seconds. Fuel economy wasn’t bad either, averaging a combined 12L / 100 KM using the required premium gas vs. the 9L/100 KM on regular gas in the V6 of the old Escape. A major nod to the Ford Escape, still keeping in mind that I’m referring to the discontinued model.
The headlights of the 2013 Land Rover LR2 are impressive and made it quite easy to drive through those same side roads that I so routinely embraced in the Ford Escape. Despite having a fantastic mix of salt and sludge covering the lights, the handy headlight washers helped take care of that.
Outside of those specs, there still remains something very “California” about Land Rover’s entire line of products. The complete embodiment was present in the Range Rover. The soccer mom in the LR4. The 2013 Land Rover LR2 just screams, “Bring it.” Its masculine character shines through.
It has the utility; it has the technology and the engineering. However, the LR2 is missing two important key features to make it complete. There’s a serious lack of legroom in the back seats, rendering this vehicle best for smaller families. Also, it seems to be lacking in the adjustable ride height department. The missing air suspension, while great for maintaining durability by not being equipped, takes it down a notch in the ride quality and luxury department.
If you can see past the Land Rover LR2’s dated platform and you have the mindset of “with time comes refinement”, then this is a through and through awesome sport utility.
Starting at $37,000 and reaching upwards of $45,000, the Land Rover isn’t dramatically more expensive than the new Ford Escape Titanium (which is in a different class altogether). It has more character, class and comfort. Well worth the extra price of admission.
The Google doesn’t answer comparison tests for you, but I will. The Land Rover wins, hands down.
2013 Land Rover LR2 Gallery