Land Rover Freelander Review (2013)
The engine is relatively relaxed and is well-suited to the automatic gearbox...12 November 2013
‘Ready and prepared to tackle life’s challenges’ is Land Rover’s description of the Freelander 2 and it has been doing just that since its launch in 1997.
We tested the latest incarnation of the Freelander which is now available with two and four wheel drive and although the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque might have stolen sales from the Freelander it is still a practical, comfortable small SUV and in our opinion not as ostentatious as the Evoque – feeling more at home in the country.
What we tested
Land Rover Freelander 2 HSE Lux spec (Model Year - 2013), with an on the road price of £39,805. It was finished in Firenze Red with Windsor Leather Ebony Seats and Ebony interior.
The Freelander 2 HSE Lux is powered by the latest four-cylinder 2.2 litre SD4 turbo diesel engine - producing 190PS / 420Nm. It is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with permanent four-wheel drive. It is capable of a top speed of 118 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 8.7 seconds. CO2 emissions are recorded as 185 g/km.
The official NEDC figures for fuel consumption read, 32.5 mpg (urban), 48.7 mpg (extra-urban) and a combined figure of 40.4 mpg. Of course these figures are recorded in laboratory conditions, and we averaged 28.7 mpg on our mixed test route from Devon to Northumbria. On the motorway we achieved 41 mpg which is more rewarding but still not that great, when you consider that the Freelander is considered a small SUV.
You do notice the characteristic diesel chatter from the engine especially when it is cold but any noise intrusion into the cabin quietens down once on the move.
The engine is relatively relaxed and is well-suited to the automatic gearbox, offering plenty of low-down torque. The auto-gearbox does not offer paddle shifts but you can sequentially change up and down from the gear lever.