Just like the Land Rover Discovery, the Land Rover Freelander 2 is a workhorse and a family car rolled into one.
At the front of the central tunnel, just below the regimented centre stack, is a dial much the same as the one found in the Range Rover. Turning the Terrain Response dial makes off-roading easier and has various settings to cope with gradients, slippery surfaces and sand. It is standard on all but the entry-level model, S.
The Land Rover Freelander 2 test car was in HSE trim, which is at the top of the pile, above the S, GS and XS. In exchange for £33,425 customers will get electrically adjustable and heated front seats, covered in leather upholstery, including the steering wheel. The car stands on 18-alloys and benefits from automatic climate control with air filter and air quality system, an electric sunroof as part of the panoramic glazed area. There is Bluetooth technology on board and a DVD navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, amongst other things.
The original Land Rover Freelander had the honour of being the top-selling 4x4 in Europe for five years and was the UK's best-selling 4x4 from its launch in 1997 until the end of 2005. The all-new Land Rover Freelander 2, which replaced it, offers better performance, more refinement, the use of higher quality materials, there is more cabin space and we've already said that it is more economical. In short, it is more like a mini Range Rover than the previous model. This is especially so in terms of looks: the new barred front grill, rectangular headlight clusters and generally boxy shape.
Inside the Land Rover Freelander 2, the extra room translates as more legroom, which is always welcome and the so-called 'stadium seating' helps to keep the kids occupied and travel-sickness at bay. The comfortable, rear seats have the usual 60:40 split and fold, so that the luggage capacity can be increased from 755-litres to a maximum of 1670-litres. And the space is all usable too, as it there are no awkward shapes.
Just like the Land Rover Discovery, the Land Rover Freelander 2 is a workhorse and a family car rolled into one. It is very capable off-road and is therefore more able to cope with another winter like the one we've just had. It may not be quite as posh as its much more expensive big brother but then it doesn't need to be, and that is why it has been, and continues to be, so popular. Being that little bit greener always helps, so well done Land Rover and bring on the hybrids.16 July 2010
Land Rover Freelander Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Freelander 2 HSE|
|Colour||Ipanema Sand - Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/07/10)||£33,425|