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With the arrival of the excellent Range Rover Evoqueit's easy to forget about the other compact Land Rover in the range — the Freelander 2. But you shouldn't because it offers a comfortable driving experience, brilliant off-road ability and is very well made. It's not as sporty to drive as a BMW X3 and it's expensive to buy, too.
But the Freelander is well worth a look, especially as it was revised at the end ofwith stylish new lights and a neater interior. It was Freelander road test revealed inbut constant development means the Land Rover Freelander 2 is still a tough contender in the compact SUV class. The first thing you notice from behind the Freelander road test is how tall you sit in the Freelander. Not only are you high off the ground, the window line feels lower, although you get a good view out.
As you would expect from a Land Rover, the Freelander has permanent four-wheel drive, and it will show a clean pair of heels to most off-roaders over the rough stuff. The cheapest way to run a Land Rover Freelander is to go for the entry-level front-wheel drive bhp eD4 model which gets stop-start and returns The Freelander is expensive to buy, especially when you consider top-spec models are within reach of the cheapest Range Rover Freelander road test. However, residuals are strong due to strong brand image. Servicing costs are likely to be average for the class and equipment levels are good.
Even entry-level models are well-equipped. Further up the range models have electric seats and sat-nav, while flagship models boast leather trim and a CD changer. Compared to other Land Rover models, the Freelander 2 is looking a bit dated, with its chunky and upright shape. However, its simplicity helps it stand apart from newer rivals. There are familiar Land Rover de cues, such as the floating roof and squared-off clamshell bonnet, while daytime running lights and revised grilles and bumpers have kept it looking fresh.
Overall, the Freelander has a clean, simple-looking interior, although the sat-nav display does look old when compared to offerings from more recent rivals. The Freelander is well suited to the rough and tumble of family life with a big boot that has litres of load space with the rear seats in place and a massive 1, litres with them down. That beats the BMW X3 by a long way — plus it features heavy duty, wipe clean materials on the boot floor and lots of cubby holes throughout the cabin.
Front seat space is very good but knee room in the back could be better. You sit up high and enjoy a commanding view of the road ahead, thanks to a wide windscreen and relatively narrow A-pillars. Large glass areas behind the driver make it easier than most SUVs to reverse park, too. Off-road, the Freelander beats more on-road focused rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 hands down thanks to its excellent Terrain Response system, which features a of modes to tackle different surfaces and limited grip levels. Although be aware that entry-level versions and the eD4 do miss out on this impressive electronic system.
Reliability is a different matter — the original Freelander was one of the most troublesome cars on UK ro, with owners constantly visiting their dealer. The Freelander Freelander road test a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, although it earned this back in before tougher testing conditions were brought in. In-depth reviews Home Land Rover. Overall Auto Express Rating. Engines, performance and drive.
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Land Rover Freelander - long-term test. Our long term Freelander has found favour with staff photographer Pete Gibson. Landrover Freelander.
British SUV gets a fuel-saving Stop-start system. We find out how it performs. Refined new Land Rover Freelander is an instant hit with our high-mileage photographer. The latest Freelander provides an effortless ride and better economy than its predecessor. Great news for Land Rover fans - the Freelander 2 is hugely capable, highly desirable and drives brilliantly. Load More.Freelander road test
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