Land Rover Freelander 2 Review |CarAdvice

1 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Land Rover Freelander 2 Review |CarAdvice

Land Rover Freelander


Model tested:

2011 Rover Freelander 2 HSE SD4 SE SD4: 4-cylinder turbo diesel, rail fuel injection, auto: $65,854 $56,810 List Price)

Land is on a roll, up 26 percent globally a raft of new product promised the next five years, and a guaranteed investment of 6 billion to make it all happen. If the brand the numbers over that then the next round of from 2015 will be larger.

Australia is in the good too with Land Rover’s parent Tata, pleased the brand’s performance Down especially as it mirrored the global during fiscal year

Land Rover Freelander 2 the year as the third biggest for Land Rover in Australia 970 units sold. Discovery the top spot with 1900 followed by Range Rover which found 1500 new Land Rover Defender up a respectable 540 sales, while the Range Rover Vogue 200 sales.

The next new Land model to launch this will be the much-anticipated Range Evoque. which will in Australia in October.

Land Freelander 2 is the most capable compact SUV in the business bar none, and it got better with the MY11

The last time we drove the 2 was in 2009 through some of the and meanest terrain the Newnes Forest (near Lithgow) ever hope to dish up. We brought a fully equipped 4 along for back up, but that to be unnecessary during the course of the as Freelander’s full-time four-wheel system with the Haldex axle differential is a remarkable bit of kit and unstoppable.

As the saying goes, ‘if it broke, don’t fix it’, but by all improve it, I say. That’s what Land Rover has with the 2011 Freelander 2, is essentially a mid-life refresh.

there are some subtle changes to the grille and tailgate which serve entirely to the Freelander#8217;s on road presence and image, it’s under the where you’ll find the change.

There’s an all-new diesel powertrain, which is not quieter and more refined the previous engine, but develops power and torque. It also less fuel and produces CO2 emissions.

Although it’s much an all-diesel affair Freelander 2 these days, five out seven variants the new diesel powertrain, you can still get the straight-six, which has now been to meet EU5 emissions standards.

The XSi6 and SEi6 petrol are also the quickest of the Freelander accelerating from 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of

Freelander 2 buyers can choose two diesel engine tunes: the direct-injection TD4, or the 140kW While the power output between the two units, both now develop 420Nm of torque, a increase over the outgoing

Can you feel the extra power and Yes, but it’s more during mid-range acceleration a tonne of that) than standing starts.

The component responsible for the increased output is a developed variable geometry now water-cooled, enabling higher and the resulting lower emissions.

The issue we had with the previous 2 was its propensity for irritating diesel particularly at idle. While characteristic hasn’t been cured, it’s a lot more at idle, and considerably less so at above 1500rpm.

On the tarmac, the new cruises effortlessly at the 110km/h speed limit and has plenty of mid punch for high-speed overtakes. even better on steep passes, where the additional gets this vehicle rather quickly. While the sprint is over in 9.5 seconds for the TD4), top speed increases to for the SD4, and is unchanged at 181km/h for the TD4 variants.

There’s minimal road from the 19-inch wheel and package, although wind from the entirely practical but door mirrors is noticeable at

Although there’s a Getrag manual box with stop/start available in the entry-level Freelander 2, the majority of Australian buyers are to choose the super smooth auto transmission, which seamless shifts through all ratios. Land Rover has refined this unit by its overall weight for faster That’s especially noticeable using the command shift sequential shift) mode for performance over twisty terrain.

At 1805 kilograms, the 2 is no lightweight, but its ability to corner body roll and with characteristics is surprising. It’s a ride too, with of compliance from the independent set-up to iron out the potholes.

many car manufacturers these Land Rover is working to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thankfully, the Freelander 2 on both counts despite the output. The 140kW version can 5.7 litres/100km during extended cruising, whereas, during a cycle run, expect 7.0 with CO2 emissions falling to

Freelander diesel owners need to worry about the of inadvertently filling up with either, as they have fitted with a fuel mis-fuelling device to prevent a catastrophe.

And while it may be the ‘baby’ of Rover’s model range, nothing less than a feel inside Freelander’s The standard fit Napoli leather is of high grade and thick to withstand abuse from with young children. The extends to the door trim and to superb Range Rover armrests.

Buyers can also the extra soft Windsor in several colours as part of the Luxury Pack, which adds 6/8 way electrically adjustable plush carpet mats and centre console box and importantly, under the Luxury Car Tax (LCT)

Unique to Freelander 2 is its consistently design that ensures its as the most spacious of all compact is retained. There’s plenty of head and elbowroom in either row, while the rear stadium seating means have a clean forward All round vision is as good as with noticeably narrow and Freelander’s low beltline, allowing for a than normal glass

Part of what makes the 2 such a standout proposition in segment is what Land calls the ‘Command Position’, and where credit is due, is no better driving position in the SUV It’s actually quite as Freelander doesn’t look as it rides any higher than any vehicles in this class, its exceptional wading depth of Behind the wheel though, you are perched high above the in front of you, with a commanding view of the road

It’s not often I feel to shower praise on a steering but the leather bound tiller in the 2 is a driver’s treat with its tactile feel providing grip. It’s just the weight I’m not overly fond of. Too assistance at speed, although I city-based owners will

There’s plenty of the usual kit on board too, although, there’s no Bluetooth streaming for MP3 despite Bluetooth connectivity for phones. Another omission the standard kit, and indeed the list is a rear camera which I would have essential for such a premium That said all new Freelanders with rear park while the HSE also gets mounted parking sensors.

Navigation is standard on the Top spec HSE but all lower spec models do with a locally fitted touch screen unit, has been properly installed in the It works well enough, and is more convenient than around a portable unit.

Safety on board the latest 2 is well catered for too with a of seven airbags including a knee airbag. Additionally, the engine mounting, which for better crash protection is a factor towards its five-star NCAP rating for … protection.

As you can imagine with an upright design, luggage inside the Freelander 2 is considerable. the rear seats upright, load space is 755 litres and folded, this increases to 1700 litres. Moreover the is enormous and the load height is perfect.

Under the rear you#8217;ll also find a size spare wheel.

the changes to the latest Freelander 2 are subtle from an exterior Land Rover’s new diesel is a standout unit, which has a good thing even

MY11 Freelander 2 model

Recommended Retail Pricing:

TD4 $44,990

XS I6: $49,990

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