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Land Rover Freelander
When the Land Rover Freelander made its debut in 1997, it created a furore immediately, being the most desired four-wheel-drive vehicle for every European. When the Land Rover Freelander introduced its second generation in 2007, known as the Freelander 2 across Europe, the SUV was acknowledged to be the best off-roader you could find. What’s more, the Freelander is the first SUV to offer a start-stop system.
For those who have never heard about it, here’s an explanation. The Freelander is a compact SUV that was manufactured by Land Rover, the British automaker, between 1997 and 2014. The SUV, available in two- and four-wheel-drive versions, is substituted for the Land Rover Discovery Sport since 2015. More details on the latest models are provided below.
The Land Rover Freelander 2: Overview
There are many cases when ‘new’ shouldn’t be associated with ‘better’. The Freelander 2 falls into the category. Although many interesting SUVs, definitely worthy of your attention, have been introduced after it, the Freelander can still teach them a thing or two.
Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, that determines its price, any version of it provides heavenly comfort, enormous roominess, and unsurpassed off-road performance. It’s a perfect family car. Be sure that all your family members will be comfortable and safe during the ride. Performing brilliantly in off-road conditions, the Freelander is well driven in the city, too.
When you climb inside, the first thing you notice is a commanding view you can enjoy due to a huge front windshield, great height, and narrow A-pillars. All seats are very comfortable that together with soft suspension significantly decreases the possibility of feeling road’s pot-holes with a sit-upon. There’s much head- and legroom front and back. Besides, there are a lot of storage compartments all over the cabin. Thanks to a wide rear windshield, the Freelander is much easier to park than many autos in the class. The SUV offers a big trunk: with the rear seats in place, its capacity is 755 litres while maximum capacity is 1,670 litres.
The Freelander’s interior looks simple and neat. Materials it’s made of are pleasant to touch as well as to look at. However, people are often disappointed with the satellite navigation system there saying it’s old-fashioned and hard to reach.
The Land Rover Freelander 2: Powertrain & Performance
The Land Rover Freelander 2 comes in three trim levels – the S, XS, and HSE Luxury. All the models are powered by the following range of engines: eD4 Diesel (manual), TD4 Diesel (manual), TD4 Diesel (automatic), and Si4 Petrol (automatic). In addition to them, the XS and HSE cars offer one more engine type – SD4 Diesel (automatic).
All of them have four cylinders and are coupled with a six-speed transmission. eD4-engined Freelanders differ from all the rest with the driveline – they are two-wheel-drive cars. All the engines mentioned produce 420 Nm of torque except for the Si4, which makes 340 Nm. Besides, the Si4 has the least capacity, 1,999 cc, compared with other engines’, 2,179 cc. But its fuel capacity rate is higher than of all the rest – 70 litres against 68 litres.
Top speed of the Freelanders powered by eD4 Diesel and TD4 Diesel both manual and automatic is 181 km/h. Si4 speeds the SUV up to 200 km/h while SD4 – to 190 km/h. The SUVs with eD4 and TD4 manual under the bonnet accelerate to 100 km/h in 11.7 seconds, with TD4 automatic – in 11.2 seconds, with SD4 – in 9.5 seconds. The autos propelled by Si4 are the fastest. They reach 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds.
A fuel consumption rate of your Freelander depends on an engine built in. If it’s eD4 Diesel (manual), the car will cover 39.8 mpg in the city and 52.3 mpg on the highway (47.1 mpg combined) emitting CO2 158 g/km.
TD4 Diesel (manual) runs 38.2 mpg city and 50.4 mpg highway (45.6 mpg combined). Amount of CO2 obtained is 165 g/km.
TD4 Diesel (automatic) and SD4 Diesel (automatic) cover the distance of just 32.5 miles per gallon in the city and 48.7 miles per gallon on the highway (40.4 mpg combined) emitting 185 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Si4 Petrol (automatic) is the least fuel-efficient motor in the range. It can run just 20.9 mpg city and 37.7 mpg highway (29.4 mpg combined) exhausting 224 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Driving dynamics of representatives of all trim levels is improved due to Terrain Response and High Descent Control (except for eD4-engined), ABS, controls of dynamic and roll stability as well as electronic traction, EBD, Gradient Release Control, electric parking brake, and some others.
Safety is ensured with seven airbags, seat belts (height-adjustable with pre-tensioners at the front), perimetric alarm, and child seat anchor points.
As for modern conveniences, the HSE trim level offers the widest range including not just rear but also front parking aid, automatic climate control (instead of manual), rain-sensing windscreen wipers, and a rear-view camera. Cruise control isn’t available only in the Freelander S.
There’s the Land Rover Audio System with six speakers in the S level. The XS level has Bluetooth Phone Connection added while the HSE Luxury offers also hard disc navigation system and Meridian Audio System (11 speakers).
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