Car Reviews: Land Rover Freelander 5 door Td4 SE – The AA

21 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Land Rover Freelander 5 door Td4 SE – The AA

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Likes

Redesigned looks very chic New and rear lamps improve Dash-mounted cupholders within reach

Gripes

V6 engine frequent filling of the fuel No steering wheel reach No driving seat height Reputation for mechanical niggles

Even though it faces competition from a multitude of such as the Toyota RAV4, X-TRAIL and Honda CR-V, the Rover Freelander is consistently the top of the Sport Utility Vehicle sales charts.

Just it was starting to look a little a highly effective facelift the Freelander as a baby brother to the Rover, injecting a valuable of ‘premium’ appeal in the process.

styling tweaks such as pocket headlamps, repositioned lights and a chunky but cleverly body-coloured bumper may be the most features of the latest Freelander, but the significant changes are inside, previously questionable build and choice of materials have addressed.

Use of cheap plastics has been to a minimum, and closer attention to complements the improved quality of surfaces. The result is a cabin feels classy, even if the layout and lack of adjustability something to be desired. But if the Freelander is to competitive, it will need to its reputation for developing minor and electrical problems, which dog its Far Eastern rivals.

Most seem to have been out, but when a Freelander go wrong, it tends to be expensive to

The vast majority of Freelanders venture off Tarmac, despite an campaign that stresses the adventure credentials. In recognition of fact, a Sport variant lowered, stiffened suspension and handling characteristics that hot hatches would be proud of.

A choice of three-door and five-door styles, plus an optional version (three-door only) a removable canvas rear means buyers can choose a to match their specific In all cases, the Land Rover on the grille provides instant and ensures that owners who do off-road will be pleasantly by the Freelander’s considerable potential, by full-time all-wheel drive and control systems such as Descent Control (HDC) and Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Our on the Land Rover Freelander 5 Td4 SE

A loyal customer base how likeable the Freelander has always The most recent models are the best, equally at home in and country.

Costs

List prices for the tend to be higher than rivals, but as compensation, resale are also high thanks to strong demand. Running are middling by SUV standards – you opt for the thirsty V6 – and if reliability have been conquered, a is a sound investment.

Space and

Quite how practical the Freelander is entirely upon the uses it is put to. Few argue against it being impractical as a car to drop the kids at in the morning rush hour, yet a proportion of Freelanders are used for that purpose. As a daily car for or transport for outdoor enthusiasts it more sense, but finds use.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

Most 4x4s inherently safe – not always with good The Freelander has front driver and airbags as standard, but that’s it for safety features, apart the inherent strength of the design and the traction aids to help an accident in the first place. with an automatic gearbox their change-up patterns on hills to give optimum

Driver appeal

The Sport is undoubtedly the default choice for the on-road driver, exhibiting less body roll and responses than the sometimes standard models. Freelanders are for optimum performance at low and medium in challenging conditions, not high-speed Book a day at an off-road course to the true driving potential.

car appeal

First car appeal

Quality and image

Other may offer more kit, but can match the Freelander’s heritage, courtesy of Land Rover. put, people like to be driving Freelanders, as ownership them as active, modern – even if they venture further than the shopping mall. In truth, Freelanders never quite up to their billing, but today’s just about manages it.

Seats are located at a pleasant so that occupants can slip them without having to stoop down or climb up. improvements include a more location for electric window and clearer instruments. Some of the and stalks are surprisingly fiddly.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

A single-slot, 6-speaker CD is standard. A six CD autochanger is used on derivatives with a premium Harman/Kardon sound system. navigation is also available.

Upgrades to the cabin make the appear more refined

and trim

Thirteen exterior are avilable including micatallic, and solid finishes. Buyers can go if they like, but traditional Rover deep greens, hues and basic blacks always look best. alcantara and perforated leather all seem of high quality, Sport models get a new technical called Black Mogul a special ‘grippy’ surface.

Spare wheel

Full-sized, in position on the side-opening tailgate, it heavy and an obvious target for Don’t forget to lock wheel nuts.

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