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 die for

Shortly after the M8, things started getting Paved roads became lanes, green lanes paths made of razor-sharp and those, in turn, became mountain passes, punctuated fast-flowing streams and sheer drops to what would been certain death.

eerily quiet (and quite scary) in this of the world, so we were grateful for a of light entertainment from the 2’s audio system. Our car was the top of the HSE TD4 model, which comes an Alpine sound setup is controlled via a console below the display.

Sources include a in-dash CD changer, DAB and AM/FM and an auxiliary input to which you can an MP3 player or mobile phone .

To put it through its paces, we cranked up The by Fugees (a first at the top of a Scottish we’ll assume) wound the windows, and braced ourselves for the wrath of the 13 speakers and 12x40W We needn’t have bothered. the sound quality was acceptable, the was nowhere near loud — at least not for our iPod ears.

All-terrain thrills

a great job, then, the Freelander 2 entertained us in other The car acquitted itself superbly the highlands of Scotland, even on that seemed almost to traverse. Special mention go to its terrain-response feature — a of technology that changes the way the and stability-control systems work in to maximise forward 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.

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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 It’s easy to assume not as good as larger, more Land Rovers, but we found it to be as capable. It’s comfortable, has on-board technology and won’t let you should you be foolhardy enough to from the beaten track.

Rover Freelander 2 HSE TD4 stats

Top 112mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in seconds

Max power: 160bhp

33.2mpg / 8.5 litres per 100km cycle)

Price: from £21,875

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