Land Rover Freelander 2

The Good Great off-roading ability; Comfortable; DAB, FM and iPod connectivity.

The Bad Average stereo system; Not particularly quick; No rear entertainment.

The Bottom Line The Freelander 2 is comfortable, has decent onboard technology and won't let you down should you be foolhardy enough to venture from the beaten track.

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall


Land Rover Freelander 2

It's a cold, wet morning at Glasgow Airport. Land Rover, in its infinite wisdom, has invited a small troupe of mainly city-dwelling, fresh-air-fearing journalists to cross some of the most treacherous terrain in the Scottish Highlands. This, we're told, won't be happening in its all-conquering Range Rover, or a beefy Discovery, or a dependable Defender. Instead, we've been asked to risk life and limb in its smallest, least capable 4x4, the Freelander 2.

Impeccable manners

Things began well. On the M8 motorway heading north out of Glasgow airport, we got first-hand experience of the Freelander 2's impeccable road manners. It feels very much like a luxury car. Its ride is comfortable, cabin noise is unobtrusive at almost any speed and -- when thrown enthusiastically around twisty B-roads, it delivers a real sense of fun.

The Freelander 2's cabin tech is relatively impressive. Its satellite-navigation system -- borrowed from the Jaguar XF and Jaguar XKR -- is a joy to use. It's controlled via a 7-inch capacitive touch-screen with a slick Flash-baseduser interface that's extremely intuitive, no matter your technical aptitude.

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