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First drive. Land Freelander SD4 HSE Lux

Keith Adams

The Rover Freelander 2 has been us since 2006 and yet is still strong sales and a healthy in the UK 4#215;4 market. But just it#8217;s the market leader mean that Land has been able to rest on its as this subtle late-life for 2013 clearly demonstrates.

so much new and updated metal introduced by Land Rover, easy to assume that the could be left behind especially considering the huge its platform-sharing sister, the Range Evoque, currently enjoys. But Rover hopes that refreshed Freelander will to win new buyers in a crowded market

The main changes for 2013 are to a new dashboard and additional equipment while the new LED daytime running (which share their with the Range Rover) that only the most car spotter will be able this year#8217;s model.

Which is probably no bad thing, the fact that there are no mechanical changes either. The line-up remains as before, the sole 2.2-litre turbodiesel offered in 148 and 188bhp form. The powered model is available in or four-wheel drive form, as the eD4 and TD4.

Transmission options remain unchanged #8211; manual gearbox or optional gearbox. The more powerful SD4 comes with an automatic as standard.

Considering you#8217;re only offered this one the Freelander#8217;s price span is #8211; the cheapest two-wheel eD4 starts at £23,700, while the SD4 HSE Lux weighs in at a cool £39,805 all in. And this model that testing.

It#8217;s certainly equipped which is as you#8217;d expect for a car #8211; so you get a glass roof, interior, cruise control, screen navigation, and infotainment parking cameras, and premium sound system. But more there#8217;s a general air of class and taste design that the car#8217;s overall age and relatively beginnings.

Improvements to the interior are The new touchscreen works well, and to a comprehensive home screen, shows various vehicle and status updates. It#8217;s because you never actually to jump too deeply into the to perform simple tasks, as inputting a new destination into the

One-touch buttons for the sub-menus work very well

We also approve of the new air conditioning The trio of rotary dials and feels much classier as well as working better the slightly messy old array of that came before. If sounds like a case of little to report, this is #8211; but it#8217;s also to say that the improvement is considerable.

Terrain Response controls been changed too #8211; the old control being replaced by a set of Perhaps an indication of what car#8217;s typical buyers are for.

On the road, it#8217;s a of business as usual. So the performance is rarely feeling like lacking anywhere, while refinement is very good with a hushed engine, throttle response and smooth, if slow, gearchanges. For those in a top-end refinement does let the down, with noticeable clatter at anything over

But low-speed refinement is good, and on the motorway does any meaningful noise intrude #8211; but to the point that you need to your voice in conversation, with rear seat We love the high and upright positiion and excellent forward #8211; and it#8217;s this, as as any other dynamic facet, bestows the Freelander with its to cover long distances in a manner.

The ride quality is most agreeable, despite its diamond-cut alloys and all-weather There#8217;s obviously plenty of travel (a useful by-product of its ability), as even the worst ruts and potholes fail to into the cabin. But the smaller-wheeled are even more comfortable.

In you never forget that in a very capable 4#215;4, as it rolls more than road-focused rivals, such as the Forester or Honda CR-V, but the slower steering sets cornering expectations. But if you#8217;re a driver, the Freelander can be hustled B-roads quickly and tidily, as the control is superb.

As for off-road performance #8211; the is probably the best in its class, if it lacks the ultimate mud-plugging of its bigger brother, the Discovery. Response, espcially is very indeed in slippery conditions.

In a of mixed on-road motoring, the delivered 31mpg, which is far exceptional, given that of those miles were on the motorway. For anyone considering a to a Freelander from a more mid-sized executive car, is well worth taking consideration, especially considering how the class-leading repmobiles actually are in the world.

Also, as much as we driving the Freelander, and appreciated how excellent an all-rounder it is, there#8217;s no the price-tag, which just £40,000 on our test car. be quite happy sacrificing of that generous equipment to bring things down to a XS for less than £30,000. And in we wonder just how much satisfying a £23,700 eD4 in two-wheel would be.

For what you lose in equipment and you more than gain in bank balance.

Don#8217;t get us #8211; the Freelander is still an good #8211; four-star car, belying its long run, but we#8217;d find to justify a range-topping HSE Lux, the more modest options so much better value for

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