Land Rover Freelander Road Test (2013)

Land Rover Freelander (Interior View) (2013)
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Land Rover Freelander Review

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This is probably where the Freelander starts to shows its age, missing equipment such as autonomous braking...

Safety and Security

The Land Rover Freelander 2 has not been tested by Euro NCAP in recent years; the last assessment took place in 2007, pre-2009 when the testing became more stringent. It scored five-stars for adult occupancy, four-star child occupant and one-star pedestrian.

Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, including two curtain, two front, two thorax and a driver’s knee bag. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Engine Drag Control.

This is probably where the Freelander starts to shows its age, missing equipment such as autonomous braking and blind spot monitoring, which are available on the new Mitsubishi Outlander and Volvo XC60.

Infotainment

There is 7’ inch colour infotainment touch screen system which presents the audio controls and Satellite Navigation maps, etc.  There is also a rear view camera with ‘Hitch Assist, which as it suggests makes aligning the Freelander to a tow hitch easy and of course doubles up as a reversing camera.

The maps are now on a concealed hard disc drive which means that they can render quicker, and there are now features such as ECO Route planning, dynamic zoom, visual lane guidance, POI (points of interest) management and repeat TMC guidance. You can also manage waypoints and store locations as well as POIs by name. Although we did notice that it could not always find full UK postcodes.

Our ‘HSE’ model test car was equipped with a premium Meridian audio system with a 825W surround sound 17-speaker system supported by AM/FM and DAB radio tuners with support CD, DVD, Virtual CD (which can store up to 10 CDs on the hard drive). There is iPod and USB connectivity with a 3.5mm aux jack input for music players and Bluetooth audio streaming to any supporting devices including headphones.

The system is excellent offering faithful sound reproduction, it is a pity that the rest of the system is a little dated in its design when compared to the latest technology which offers smartphone connectivity and apps, etc but you can connect your Bluetooth enabled phone, so that you have hands free support.

Rivals
  • Audi Q3
  • BMW X3
  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Range Rover Evoque
What We Liked
  • Robust exterior styling
  • Off-road capability
  • Classless
  • Well-trimmed, quality interior
What We Disliked
  • Not cheap, prices are creeping upwards
  • Starting to show its age from a technical perspective
Conclusion

The Land Rover Freelander 2 is still a great SUV but it is beginning to show its age when it comes to technology and safety equipment. The ride and handling could be better and so could the fuel consumption. There are better competitors when it comes to performance and handling including the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3 and Audi Q3 but the Freelander is still well loved and remains the benchmark small SUV backed with Land Rover’s off-road technology.

12 November 2013 Melanie Carter
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Land Rover Freelander Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Freelander 2 - HSE Lux SD4 190PS
  
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourFirenze Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.5 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)185 g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban32.5
Extra Urban48.7
Combined40.4
  
Insurance GroupTBA
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 12/11/13)£39,805

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