The Freelander 2 seats five large adults in comfort and they have generous headroom and enough legroom not to feel at all squashed.
Ride and Handling
By the standards of a tall, heavy sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Freelander 2 handles pretty well and is acceptably poised through the bends. You do have to remember, though, that it carries its weight higher up than a more conventionally lower-slung vehicle, so you can’t power hard into corners and not expect a bit of body lean, which can feel a touch unnerving if you overdo it. For the kind of car it is, the body control is good, and the car rides quite comfortably too. The suspension mops up some rather severe potholes without transmitting too much disturbance to the driver and passengers.
Steering feel is as good as you can expect for a car designed for off-road use as well as a life spent principally on-road. You do get a pretty reasonable feel for where the wheels are pointing from the feedback through the steering wheel, and when you go off-Tarmac there is a tell-tale display on the dash to let you know precisely where they are positioned.
Ease of Use
This is a biggish car, four and a half metres in length. The Freelander 2 seats five large adults in comfort and they have generous headroom and enough legroom not to feel at all squashed. The car’s height involves quite a steep step up to get into it, which can mean a bit of a scramble for children or elderly grandparents. Once installed, though, they are generally very appreciative of the high vantage point that allows a good view out across the tops of all the lower-slung cars in the traffic, and over roadside hedges.
The same applies to the driver, who sits at a level that lets him or her view ‘white van man’ on a similar level, so this is a car in which you are unlikely to feel easily intimidated. There is a safety aspect to the driving seat height above ground, too, as it gives a vantage point from which to spot any hazards just that vital fraction of a second earlier than might otherwise be the case.
Luggage space is pretty reasonable, the standard boot room is 755 litres, but when the back seats are folded down this extends to a very useful 1,670 litres. The Freelander 2 makes a very good towcar: it has a braked towing weight of two tonnes.