First drive: Land Rover Freelander

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Review: Land Rover 2

More refined and comfort-focused, the updated Freelander still enough off-road cred to the Land Rover badge?

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The wilderness, with its snow, mud and icy is the ideal place to launch a offroader like the Land Freelander 2.

The hard-as-nails 4WD is in its element the going is inhospitable, effortlessly its core strengths of comfort and prowess.

But to succeed, the latest needs to be more. It needs to be and luxurious – just its smaller sibling the Range Evoque.

First drive: Land Freelander 2

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Ever since the baby arrived on the scene the Freelander the company’s original compact SUV has been overshadowed both in of style and sales.

While the can go toe-to-toe with luxury rivals, the current Freelander quite have the polish to with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and XC60.

Land Rover is to fix both problems with its model Freelander – to some help from the

The new Freelander gets the same turbocharged four-cylinder petrol as the Evoque, plus some creature comforts, and also a mild makeover inside and out to it look and feel more

At the front the grille has been and the headlights now feature the same LED as the Discovery and Evoque. At the rear are the company’s trademark intersecting on the tail lights.

Inside, the and centre console have updated too. There’s a digital display between the and tacho. The usual rotary for Land Rover’s Terrain System has been dumped in of the buttons used in the Evoque.

These are only subtle though, and the Freelander remains a Land Rover in style, the trademark large (and buttons and airconditioning dials.

The cars also gain a colour touchscreen for the sat-nav and the top spec HSE Luxury model equipped with an 825W stereo system.

But the big news is the new engine in the Si4 model. It replaces a six-cylinder unit, but despite smaller it is more powerful, has torque, uses less and produces fewer CO2 emissions. it generates 177kW of power and of torque, while using 9.6 per 100 kilometres and emitting 224g/km.

It is effectively the same engine you in a Ford Falcon EcoBoost, and the way it performs in a large sedan it come as no surprise to find it admirably in the Freelander.

It will the Freelander from 0-100km/h in 8.8 more than half a quicker than the SD4 turbo-diesel

Land Rover has carried it directly from the Evoque, so is good sound insulation, just the right amount of note coming through to the to give you a feeling of what is on under the bonnet.

Despite a slight hesitation the turbo when you push hard on the throttle, the performance in quickly and provides good power, making overtaking

It is paired to a six-speed automatic which does a good job of the right ratio for the occasion, and is to drop down when you an acceleration burst.

But despite its performance the petrol-powered Freelander is to remain a minority seller for the in Australia. The company sells 80 per cent diesel and doesn’t a major change, despite the of the new petrol option.

The diesel (a 110kW/420Nm version and a 140kW/420Nm of the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder are unchanged from the previous

Another area that Rover hasn’t changed is the off-road capabilities, but after our through the Canada countryside fair to say it didn’t need to.

It is than capable of tackling off-road tracks that be outside the comfort zone of its rivals.

But in terms of refinement and the Freelander still hasn’t the competition – including the

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