With all of Land Rover's best attributes, the Freelander is a premium 4x4. The second generation model - the Freelander 2 is an excellent performer on both difficult terrain and the motorway. It's also a great family car, as you'd expect, with a spacious interior and strong caravan towing capacity. It even offers the pleasant surprise of good fuel economy thanks to stop/start technology on most models. It's up there with the best that Land Rover have to offer.
The Freelander is a vehicle that looks great both on the road and off it. It has a strong, imposing exterior with a premium-looking grille and a chunky, robust body. It comes with alloy wheels as standard, while various additional features can be added through the trim levels. The XS has silver grille bars, automatic headlights with washers, front fog lights and body coloured door handles and door mirrors covers. The HSE trim spices up your Freelander even more with LED daytime running lights, an electrically worked panoramic sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels.
When you sit in a Land Rover Freelander, you're left in no doubt that this is a premium vehicle. Soft touch materials and comfortable seats create a real feeling of quality, while standard equipment is generous, with air conditioning, electric windows throughout, a CD stereo with MP3 player and steering wheel controls for the stereo. Going up one trim level to the GS model bags you Bluetooth, cruise control, climate control and leather upholstery. Models from 2013 onwards have a colour touchscreen on the centre console and keyless go.
As you'd expect (from the name if nothing else), the Freelander is a strong off-road vehicle. All models above the entry-level S version have an off-road system that enables you to adapt the driving to the terrain, meaning you can tackle snow, mud or sand confidently. Yet the Freelander doubles up as family car that's pleasant to drive on the road too. It corners well despite its size, has a supple suspension and is highly refined, making the Freelander as comfortable cruising along the motorway as it is powering through thick mud.
Whether you're an adventurous family who love exploring and getting your feet muddy, or you simply need a vehicle that'll get all the kids and their luggage from one end of the country to another in comfort, the Freelander will suit your needs. There's plenty of space for all passengers - you can even seat three adults across the back if needed - and the boot can carry all of their luggage, with an impressive volume of over 750 litres. The rear seats can also be folded forward to accommodate bigger loads when required. The Freelander excels in the towing department too, with most models having a braked towing capacity of 2000kg.
Engines and transmissions
You get a choice of two diesel engines the TD4 and the SD4. The former produces 150bhp, while the latter gives 190bhp. Both are available with automatic transmission, while the TD4 also has the option of a six-speed manual gearbox. Both engines have plenty of torque, while the auto transmission shifts seamlessly, providing for an enjoyable driving experience. Fuel economy is decent too, with both engines capable of at least 40mpg.
Those looking for a vehicle that combines great practicality with a premium feel should look no further. The Freelander is perfect for families who like to travel in style, being well-suited to everything from the weekly food shop to long motorway journeys with the caravan in tow. The Freelander's practicality also makes it ideal for drivers who often carry sports equipment or pets. Needless to say, off-road enthusiasts will be highly appreciative of this vehicle's abilities too.