Land Rover Freelander 2 Review | Cars | CNET UK

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It’s a wet morning at Glasgow Airport. Rover, in its infinite wisdom, has a small troupe of mainly fresh-air-fearing journalists to cross of the most treacherous terrain in the Highlands. This, we’re won’t be happening in its all-conquering Rover, or a beefy Discovery, or a Defender. Instead, we’ve asked to risk life and in its smallest, least capable the Freelander 2.

Impeccable manners

began well. On the M8 motorway north out of Glasgow airport, we got experience of the Freelander 2’s road manners. It feels much like a luxury

Its ride is comfortable, cabin is unobtrusive at almost any speed and when thrown enthusiastically twisty B-roads, it delivers a sense of fun.

The Freelander cabin tech is relatively Its satellite-navigation system — from the

Jaguar XF and Jaguar XKR is a joy to use. It’s controlled via a capacitive touch-screen with a Flash-baseduser interface that’s intuitive, no matter your aptitude.

Unlike many sat-nav systems, it accepts seven-digit postcodes, so it’ll you to your exact destination the need to enter lengthy names. That proved of use to us later in the trip — we were headed, there no roads, let alone streets.

Audio to … for

Shortly leaving the M8, things started real. Paved roads green lanes, green became paths made of rocks, and those, in turn, treacherous mountain passes, with fast-flowing streams and 200-metre drops to what have been certain

It’s eerily quiet occasionally quite scary) in part of the world, so we were for a spot of light entertainment the Freelander 2’s audio Our car was the top of the range HSE TD4 model, which with an Alpine sound that is controlled via a console the central display.

Sources include a six-disc CD changer, DAB and AM/FM radio and an input to which you can connect an MP3 or mobile phone .

To put it through its we cranked up The Score by Fugees (a at the top of a Scottish mountain, we’ll wound down the windows, and ourselves for the full wrath of the 13 and 12x40W amplifier. We needn’t bothered. While the sound was acceptable, the volume was nowhere loud enough — at not for our iPod -ravaged ears.


It’s a great then, that the Freelander 2 us in other ways. The car acquitted superbly over the highlands of even on surfaces that almost impossible to traverse. mention must go to its terrain-response — a piece of technology changes the way the traction- and stability-control work in order to maximise motion.

The default setting, accessible via a just ahead of the gear runs the Freelander with a split of power to the front and wheels, and is ideal for everyday Other modes, ‘grass-gravel-snow’, and ruts’, ‘sand’ and ‘rock can be selected when attempting to less conventional surfaces.

not much sand in the highlands, but the mud and and rock crawl settings particularly useful. The former a huge difference on soft, wet where some degree of spin is required in order to forward momentum. Rock comes in handy, too, the sensitivity of the accelerator pedal to too much power being to the wheels in situations where gradual progress is required.

The technology works. The Freelander 2 get stuck once. In fact, the vehicle that did get stuck was the superior Land Rover 4 support car guiding us through the


The Freelander 2 is a fabulous vehicle. easy to assume it’s not as as larger, more expensive Rovers, but we found it to be just as It’s comfortable, has decent technology and won’t let you down you be foolhardy enough to venture the beaten track.

Land Freelander 2 HSE TD4 stats

Top speed:

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 10.5

Max power: 160bhp

Economy: / 8.5 litres per 100km (combined

Price: from £21,875

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