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Just bought this Land Rover Freelander 2 Diesel three weeks ago and we are very pleased with it. We used to have a Jaguar X-type which was very economical 63 miles/galen the freelander 2 just does 43 miles/galen however I found it very practical as I have two dogs and a 3 month old son. The car is elegant, has plenty of metal so you are quite well protected and is very spacious inside. The only thing is that they are quite expensive, even the second hand one are expensive but they are definitely very good cars. My husband is doing about 30.000 miles a year in the car so he needs a very reliable car. Before we bought the Freelander 2 we have researched for about 2 month and we were down to the Freelander 2 and Ford Mondeo the estate model and we went for the LR Freelander 2 in the end. I will recommend the vehicle if you want something reliable!
Review for the Freelander 2 - I bought a Freelander 1 when they first came out, and purchased a 2 as soon as it was available. I find that the 2 compares very favourably against the original incarnation, with much less wallowing around corners and a much more pleasant drive altogether.
The design is excellent and much classier and sportier looking than most of the competition. With its flashy good looks even on the basic models this car is well worth a look.
I have an automatic TD4, I find the fuel economy is reasonable on longer journeys, but it does tend to use a fair amount of fuel when doing shorter runs. This, however is the only criticism I have of this model; the recall to replace part of the steering mechanism was dealt with quickly and efficiently by Land Rover so I think it unfair to give the car a minus for that, although the symptoms (droning and loss of power steering going round corners) were quite worrying.
There is plenty of storage in the car, with pockets behind the rear passenger chair and door compartments on each door.
Added to all of the above advantages, the road tax is not as high as other 4 x 4s and the emissions are reasonable too. The carbon emissions are offset too until 57000 miles I think, this gives you a great argument against all those people who will voice their opinion at what a disgrace it is to drive 'one of those 4 x 4s)!
I enjoy driving my Freelander and it copes admirably with the everything I undertake, mainly driving up to horse yards over tractor ruts and gravel. It has 4 settings to cope with snow/ice, gravel, hills etc and hasn't let me down on any of these surfaces. I watched other cars skidding last winter in the terrible snow and ice whilst this car didn't budge. It is obviously more of a road car than a Defender but that doesn't diminish its capabilities.
Overall an excellent 4 x 4 or car, giving plenty of head and legroom for all passengers and a good all round view when driving, even for my little boy in his car seat!
Where do I begin! My partner has the Freelander 2 HSE in black complete with the full kit. It looks amazing.
I'm not a fan personally of the Range Rover which is kind of the bigger version of this, so I had never fancied the freelander either as I had a pre-conception that it would be similar. How wrong was I!
The drive is smooth, and the car itself is comfortable with full leather seats. Sat nav is fitted as standard so there's no messing about with sticking one to the window. The sound system is top of the range and gives a nice even sound. The car doesn't drink diesel like alot of similar cars so it's easy on your pocket.
The ride is smooth as I said previously with good suspension both on road and off road. Great in the country as you can take it off road for an adventure ride! Glides through water and mud so especially good for the winter months. Very reliable car, my partner has never had a problem with it mechanically.
A nice car for either a man or a woman to drive, looks stylish and is very poky! Pulls away quick and can get to a nice speed. Would be a great little family car as it's quite spacious and you can fit all the children's kit in, like buggies & toys and you still have room for the shopping.
Overall a great car and I would definitely recommend it.
Firstly this is just a cheaper version of the big brother the Discovery and a tarted up version of the almighty Defender. I do feel genuinely sorry for anyone who has bought one for the general reason of depreciation. I spoke to a woman around two months ago claiming her 58 plate Freelander 2 had just £5,000 offered against with a part exchange!! What are these new? around £25-30k.
My father bought a Freelander 2 for work, thinking it's a practical, reliable, well built, luxury all terrain vehicle. The car was sold a month later. This wasn't necessarily because the car failed his expectations but because its boring! and bland. Think it made him feel and look much old personally.
There's two Landrovers I would purchase from new or used and they are the Discovery 4 and the Defender. Exellent cars, brilliant off-roaders, tough, value for money, and finally both are furious work horses.
However!!!, don't let me put you off the vehicle. if your wanting a cheap second hand, brand new landrover, its possibly worth the purchase. On the other hand a used or new Toyota Hilux cabby will more than satisfy you.
p.s. sorry If i've offened you and you own one. Just my oppinion.
One of the best cars I have had! Having had a nasty accident in my Renault Clio, where a horrible man in a Nissan Navarra pick up drove into the side of me, having jumped a red light! We decided to get a car that was sturdier and offered more protection for us and our family. The accident was a scary experience and even scarier was the thought that my young 10 month old could have been in the car too, in his car seat, on the side of the impact! Just doesn't bear thinking about!
Being a farmers daughter I have always loved 4x4 vehicles. I would ideally love to have a Range Rover but unfortunately cannot afford the price tag that they come with. But we tried the Freelander instead. initially I had the original Freelander, then when the Freelander II was launched we decided to upgrade.
It is a truely magnificent car. So comfortable to drive. The cruise control is great for long journeys, really reduces the tiredness - believe it or not!
We upgraded to leather seats - which I have to say are a MUST when you have young children. As they still look as new now as the day I had it delivered! Despite being climbed on, spilt drinks, food etc.
I got the automatic too as I was suffering with whip lash injuries from above mentioned car incident! The automatic is a great drive, especially in built up areas / Towns when you have children squawking from the back. Altogether a more relaxing drive. The parking sensors are very good as it is an extra security feature when parking among these imbecils that cannot park!
The other must is the tinted windows, which I have to say are a god send with young ones. As those portable blinds are always in the wrong postion for the sun and ends up blinding your poor offspring. They really help to keep the car cooler too!
We got the Diesel version, which used to be cheaper to fill up than the petrol version, but with the fuel prices as they are its another story!
I really like my car and definitely feel so much safer in it with my children!
My husband and I are currently deciding which car to buy to replace his beloved Mini Cooper as we are planning to start a family soon and need a car which is better suited to a family's needs. We have test-driven numerous cars and I have a lot to say about all of them. I will be focussing mainly on telling you about the features and specifications that I am looking for in a family car i.e. space, comfort and the little added luxuries which make life a bit easier.
I have never been a fan of Land Rover until I got to test drive the Freelander 2 at the Canary Wharf Motor Show this year. Up till this point I had not even considered buying an SUV, but I am now a convert to the higher driving position and safety aspect. The new Freelander 2 (manual models only) makes use of stop-start technology, which means that every time you stop the car at a traffic light the engine cuts out to save on fuel. This is Land Rover's most economical car to drive in terms of MPG (42.2 combined) and carbon emissions (179). Land Rover claims that the Freelander 2 has cut fuel consumption by 20% in heavy urban traffic. Of course the engine will not cut out if you are using the air conditioning. I found the stop-start very easy to get used to (and it makes me feel as though I am doing something good for the environment).
What I like about all the models:
* Flat loading bay for boot (easy to get a push chair in and out!) with luggage capacity of 755 Litres.
* Plenty of legroom in the rear
* Very comfortable drive
* High driving position
* Solidly built and none of the materials feel cheap.
The model I chose is the Freelander 2, 2.2TD4 XS with the following additional features:
* DVD Satellite Navigation system (touch screen) with traffic updates
* Front and rear parking aid
* Half-leather seats
* Cruise control
* Climate control
* Loadspace cover
* Heated front seats
* Alpine audio system
* Bluetooth connectivity
* Terrain response
Things I would improve:
* Why have a start button when you have a square 'key' that must be slotted in anyway? Might as well have stuck to a normal key.
* No central armrest between the front 2 seats. It has individual small armrests that can be put up and down at will. I personally prefer the central armrest found in the Range Rover.
* Hand grips next to the seats are only made for child-sized hands.
* The dashboard is a bit fussy with too many dials and buttons
As it is a Land Rover I must mention the off-road capabilities. My husband and I went for a fantastic 'Land Rover Experience' day near Milton Keynes and got to try out the Freelander's off-road features. I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it is to use. Basically the Freelander has a turning dial which has 4 settings: 1) General driving 2) Grass/gravel/snow which improves traction control 3) Mud and ruts which is for unsurfaced roads and muddy tracks (including clay) 4) Loose sand. All you need to do is turn the dial to whichever setting is appropriate. The Freelander also has hill descent which brakes for you when going down an incline (this is automatically activated when you select Mud and Ruts, or you can manually turn it on at any time). If you are considering buying a Freelander 2 for off-road driving I would strongly recommend buying the model with the automatic gearbox as it makes it much easier to go up and down those impossible angles.
With Land Rover you pay a bit more than other car manufacturers. In fact I would say you are buying a lifestyle rather than a car. The on-the-road price for the Freelander 2, 2.2TD4 XS is £27 995.
I was looking to replace my clio in Summer 2007 and was looking around for a stronger beefier car. I originally looked at the Freelander in late 2005 but was not for me at the time. Thankfully I am quite glad about that as they bought the new Freelander, called Freelander 2, out in 2006.My must-have requirements (in no order of preference as I MUST HAVE them):
- automatic gearbox
- sunroof - opening/closing
- fast, but at least faster than my clio
- Remote Central Locking (standard on the FL2)
I considered the Freelander 2 against the Honda CR-V (new model) and Volkswagen EOS. Before I decided a SUV was for me, I wanted to make sure I could not be swayed against something sportier. However the EOS, although it seems a great car would give me even less space than the Clio I had and was not so comfortable and too noisy. One of my factors was comfort and it was too sporty a drive for that. Once the EOS was out of the picture it was just the CR-V and I did like that, but the wait was quite long and it did not come with a sunroof. Instead it has a panoramic roof which did not go down too well me. So, the Freelander was my decision.
Once I had done that I had to decide on which model to go for. There are S, GS, XS, SE, HSE. There are 2 engines, the 2.2 TD4 (diesel) and the 3.2 I6 (petrol). The most common is the TD4 so for my driving requirements and better fuel economy I went with that.
So I poured over the brochures and specs for each based on my must-have requirements. Without delving into too much on this as I want to get to "Driving the Freelander2", the S and GS were too basic for my liking (manual air-con) and the SE and HSE came with too many things that I did not want (like heated seats, full leather, Integrated SAT NAV and a souped up stereo system). My opinion is that these options were quite expensive on these models and not worth it. So, after a bit of deliberation, I decided to opt for the mid-range model, the XS.
The Freelander 2
I had to wait about 3 months for my vehicle as it was factory order (due to the sunroof) and I was so excited to pick it up at the beginning of September 2007. I got to the dealer said a quick goodbye to the Clio and was shown round my new car. Everything from the adjustment of the seats to the bluetooth was covered in my handover and I couldn't wait to drive away my new car.
Getting into the Freelander is quite a shock from the Clio. Firstly you have so much more space and obviously you are a lot higher up.
Starting/Stopping the Engine
The FL2 comes with a push button start. This means you don't get a key as normal, but you have a little cassette that you insert into the car. To start the engine you have to put your foot on the brake and press a stop/start button. You turn the engine off by just pressing the start/stop button.
Owning and Driving the FL2
As my car was new I drove it away gingerly as I wasn't used to such a big car and hadn't got used to driving it. So let's get down to using the FL2. I use it for motorway commuting and this car is lovely to drive. On the roads it is very comfortable and glides over uneven roads. It does not drive like a clunky big car and it very manouverable round corners and you don't get the feeling the car will turn over. It is very steady and you feel safe and secure.
The prominent driving position (which is one of the things that contributed to my decision) is superb. You are obviously higher than most vehicles and as high as the compact vans. This allows you to see further down the road and gives you the opportunity to accomodate this in your driving.
Even though this is an auto, the 0-60 is 10.5 seconds, which is 0.4 quicker than the manual. Though I think you would have to go foot down to achieve this and it would play havoc with your fuel economy.
Official fuel economy for the TD4 Auto is:
- Urban - 25.2 mpg
- Extra Urban - 37.7 mpg
- Combined - 33.2 mpg
And it is very close. On the motorway I manage to get 36-38 mpg driving steadily and at no more than 70 mph. On non-motorway, I average about 33 mpg if I can do at least 40 mph. If I am doing 10-30 mph then that is where this lets you down and I get about 28-31 mpg. This is not bad, but you do have to bear in mind this is a car for longer distances.
Given that I have the automatic the CO2 is higher at 224g/km. It just misses the top Car tax band, but who knows for the future.
One thing I have noticed about the FL2 is you need to allow a lot of braking space. Especially if you are going high-speeds. I'm not a physicist but this car is just under 2 tonnes without any loading, so I imagine, the higher the speed the greater the braking distance you require. I have a couple of close calls and had to invoke the emergency brakes, and thankfully they are excellent and responsive.
In terms of space, there is enough space and legroom for 5 adults in total or 2 adults, 2 big child seats and 1 adult in the back.
The dimensions of the exterior of the car:
Width - 2180mm
Length - 4500mm
Height - 1765-1820mm
The bootspace is quite large (as you'd expect) 755 litres with the seats up. You can get the full dimensions at http://www.landrover.co.uk/gb/en/Vehicles/Freelander2/Specifications/Freela nder_dimensions.htm
More specifically the tailgate is not a swinging door but an up and over. Not sure how many people it matters to but this is different to the previous model.
The FL2 has a service interval of 15000 miles or 12 months. I have not yet had a service (not due till Sep) but I believe it will be in the region of £200-300.
Tax is £210 for 12 months, £115.50 for 6 months.
I have not had to top up any oil or screen washes. I did check the tyre pressure the other day to ensure I was optimised for fuel economy and found that there was no need for any top up of air as all tyres were on the nose for the recommended tyre pressure.
Things that would be nice
There are not many things I dislike about the freelander 2 but there are some things that would be nice to have.
- Having the sunroof close when you lock the car. It would be nice to know the sunroof closes even when you turn the engine off. I had to power the engine back on (foot on brake etc) and re-engage the closing of the sunroof
- Not having to turn the engine on to use the cigarette lighter. I use a tyre inflator powered by the car battery, but you have to engage the engine in order to use the car electrics. That includes operation of windows and sunroof.
- Automatic opening and closing of the boot (The Audi Q7 has that and it is great)
Comparing the Freelander 2 and Freelander
Overall the Freelander 2 is bigger than the previous model and I have seen them next to each other. The Freelander 2 is a couple of inches taller and certainly more domineering than its predecessor.
It takes a lot of the design features from the Range and Discovery, like the front grill, the front design and the side grills.
From all the reviews (which I took note of), the FL2 is more reliable and has won various awards, especially What Car of the Year in that category. It has regularly outdone the Tiguan, CR-V, RAV4 and the Kuga, so I'm quite happy with my purchase and hope to keep the vehicle for at least 5 years.
Finally if you have got to this point - thanks for reading my review. I have tried to include pertinent things in the review rather than just stating the standards specs. Neither have I included any information on the dealership as not everyone would use the same place, but I am happy to give feedback - just post a comment in the review or my guestbook. I look forward to your feedback :o)
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