Land Rover Freelander Review & Ratings
- 3 November 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Land Rover is a British car company and a division of Land Rover Jaguar that specializes in sport utility vehicles. It was established in 1948 and was first acquired by Ford Motor Company and then later sold to Indian automobile company Tata Motors, a division of the Indian conglomerate Tata Group in 2008.
The Freelander is a compact SUV that was first produced in 1997 and is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive: the car comes in a unibody construction. Because of its size, the Freelander is considered a crossover vehicle, mirroring both and SUV and a smaller car. There were a variety of models that came in either a five-door configuration or three-door hatchback model.
The second generation was introduced in 2006 as the Freelander 2 but marketed as the LR2 in North America. It included a higher ground clearance and boasted some off-road capabilities, similar to other Land Rover models. A version called the Freelander 2 TD4_e has stop-start technology, for better fuel economy that recovers energy from the brakes and then uses it to restart the engine.
The new 2015 Land Rover Freelander is listed at around $45,000.00, though used models are far cheaper, depending on model year, mileage, and condition.
Second generation Freelanders come with a choice of engines. They include 2.0L Ford EcoBoost 243 PS Inline-4 gasoline engine, 3.2L Ford S16 233 PS Inline-6 gasoline engine, and diesel engines in a 2.2L Ford Duratorq 150 PS eD4 (turbodiesel), a 2.2L Ford Duratorq 160 PS TD4 (turbodiesel), and a 2.2L 190 PS SD4 (turbodiesel).
The Freelander comes with either a 6-speed Getrag M66EH50 manual or a 6-speed Aisin AWF21 automatic.
Size and Space Options
The Freelander is a compact SUV that offers seating for up to five passengers, with plenty of head and leg room. Cargo capacity varies depending on offered models.
Control Panel and Display
The dashboard has standard displays for fuel gauge, tachometer, and speedometer, and a large display touchscreen.
The Freelander offers adjustable leather seats, dual zone climate control, driver seat memory, heated steering wheel, and supported driving position.
The Land Rover Freelander is accessible in most countries and throughout North America.
The Freelander comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system that alerts people when someone attempts to break into or steal the car.
Land Rover offers front and side airbags, three-point seatbelts in front and back row seating, and an optional rear facing camera.
Options include an air quality control system that includes a humidity sensor and pollen filter, heated steering wheel, navigation system, a sound system that comes with optional steering wheel controls, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Freelander comes with optional powered tailgate, a stainless steel undershield to guard against bumps, and alloy wheels.
Available accessories include roof rack, cup holders, floor mats, a rear seat beverage cooler, seat covers, bike carrier, luggage carrier, and additions for off-road driving.
Through the various owners of the Land Rover manufacturer, the model has remained a high-quality vehicle in both design and production.
The Land Rover has always has a rugged and sleek reputation and that carries over to the good-looking compact Freelander.
The Freelander is a decent value for the price, though there are more affordable models available on the market today for a family just starting out.
The Land Rover Freelander is a reliable compact SUV that is a bit pricey but a good family car, nonetheless. It provides comfort, safety, fuel efficiency, and reliability, especially with regular maintenance.