Car review: Land Rover Freelander 2 –

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Car review: Land Rover 2

Land Rover aficionados love the latest Freelander 2, but are cheaper and just as capable sport utility vehicles writes car reviewer Tim Barnes-Clay.

The seems to be holding on to traditional and values even though been revamped for 2013.

The Rover is conservative with a C, so you might be forgiven for thinking late middle-aged, well-to-do types will buy it.

Clearly, might be true because of its aesthetics and country lifestyle but the Land Rover Freelander 2 has given an overhaul which beyond looks.

That’s not to say the exterior has been

Designers have given the a subtle facelift, nodding and there to the 21st century, with the incorporation of LED lights.

Freelander offers more and convenience

But the real difference is the compact sport utility (SUV) now delivers a higher of comfort and convenience.

Interior and equipment have improved, and a centre console stars a colour touch-screen and an enhanced system and sat-nav.

There’s an intelligent parking brake adjusts brake force to the slope you park on, and a rear camera. Both features are new to the 2.

The vehicle’s kit levels also a more premium feel to the driving experience.

This was the case in my test model: the HSE LUX with Windsor leather grand black lacquer premium carpet mats and Diamond Turned alloy

Five-star safety rating

is all underpinned by a maximum five-star NCAP occupant safety .

Protection involves seven including two curtain airbags come down from the at the side and protect your and body in a side impact.

There are also two front and two airbags. The latter is located in the and inflates between you and the door.

there’s a driver’s knee

4WD response to different driving

The Freelander 2 four wheel models offer the durability and all-terrain breadth of competence Land Rover is celebrated

Intelligent gadgetry responds to in traction to regulate torque the front and rear axles.

You also have four modes accessed via a push of a to help the Landy cope in different driving conditions.

are: general driving; mud, ruts and sand; and release control.

The latter smooth hill starts for safety and confidence on any surface.

And it comes to normal on-road the Freelander is very car-like in the way it

Land Rover Freelander 2:

Using a 2.2 litre turbo engine, producing 187bhp, to 62mph is reached in 9.5 seconds.

The automatic six-speed gearbox is a powering through the cogs – but it doesn’t help the economy, which averages out at an 40mpg .

Emissions are on the high too, with the SD4 diesel I drove pumping out 185g/km of

Given the height of the vehicle, into and out of corners is minimal and is precise.

That said, the Rover is still a heavy and should you get carried away, a of stability gizmos provide a net for you.

These include: braking; electronic traction electronic brake-force distribution; brake control; emergency assist; and roll stability

Aficionados will love but SUVs available

On the whole, Rover aficionados will the latest Freelander 2. and there’s no it delivers a comfortable, reassuring

Nevertheless, there are cheaper, as capable compact SUVs on the

So you have to question how much you’re paying simply to that Green Oval

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