The Land Rover Freelander 2 has been awarded Best Compact SUV at the prestigious Auto Express New Car Awards 2009.
The Land Rover Freelander 2 beat off strong competition from the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Ford Kuga while the Land Rover Discovery 3 triumphed over the BMW X6.
Auto Express Motoring and Digital editor, Daniel Strong said: "When it comes to off-road credentials, few firms can match the history and experience of one of Britain's best loved motoring brands. Land Rover celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, but it shows no signs of slowing down.
"A host of new metal has arrived in the past 12 months with the aim of knocking the Freelander 2 off the top of the off-road summit, but the Land Rover's depth of talent has seen it retain its title as the best compact SUV. The entry-level Land Rover is accomplished on road and absolutely peerless in the mud, where it feels every bit as capable as models from the class above. It's this ability, along with its practicality as a family car, which made the Freelander 2 such a big hit with our judges."
Land Rover UK's managing director, John Edwards, said: "We are very proud to receive these two awards from Auto Express. Winning the Best Compact category with the Freelander 2 for the third consecutive year is an incredible achievement in this highly competitive sector.
In May 2009, the TD4_e version of Land Rover Freelander 2 went on sale. It is Land Rover's most fuel-efficient vehicle to date due to its intelligent Stop/Start system. It is the world's first SUV to feature such a system and is also the first production vehicle to incorporate technologies from the Land Rover's programme of sustainable engineering initiatives, collectively named 'e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES'.
During the standard EU4 Cycle, the CO2 emissions of the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4_e are reduced by 8%, compared with the previous manual diesel Land Rover Freelander 2. Moreover, in additional tests, Land Rover engineers have measured fuel savings approaching 20% in heavy urban traffic.
Prices for the Land Rover Freelander 2 start from £21,295. For more information or to book a test drive, visit your local Land Rover dealership.Published 6 August 2009