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Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 SD4 HSE 5dr

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Subtle cosmetic changes don't detract from the Freelander's familiar looks

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It might have been originally piched as a 'baby' Land Rover but the Freelander was far more capable off-road than any close rival. It was also good on road, but near the end of its life it lacked the premium, well built feel of the competition. This second-gen car is a distinct step up the premium ladder, and rivals the likes of BMW's X3 for class and build quality. The 2011 model year car boasts subtle cosmetic tweaks and improved diesel engine performance to kep it ahead of the competition.

Recent years have seen a steady evolution of Land Rover's products. Now more overtly premium in their fit, finish, appearance and asking price, even the once modest Freelander's social standing has improved beyond all recognition. Thankfully this wasn't at the expense of on and off-road performance. If anything, Land Rover has further improved its reputation with a choice of revised diesel engines.

The '2' at the end of the Freelander's name has been around for some time and the car might look familiar, but don't forget that this car is a little bigger inside and out and a lot more upmarket, than the acclaimed original that kick-started the plush soft-roader trend. The passing of time has also seen the Freelander 2 move closer to the bigger Discovery in terms of perceived and actual quality.

For all the leather upholstery and plush carpeting, capability remains at the heart of the Freelander's core values. New engines incorporating and eco-friendly stop-start system and the now familiar the clever use of electronic driving aids should keep the serious Land Rover enthusiasts happy, while the better appointed cabin and wealth of options should appeal to people trading up from conventional compact premium cars.

The result is a car that drives even better than before, thanks in part to the improved diesel engines. More responsive and that bit cleaner, this Freelander is considerably more competitive and feels closer to something from BMW or Mercedes in terms of cabin ambience, yet boasts enough street cred to see off the rapidly advancing competition.

Our verdict on the Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 SD4 HSE 5dr

The steady evolution of the Freelander continues, with this 2011 model offering subtle but welcome trim and quality upgrades plus two improved diesel engines. The car's steady move upmarket has been a successful one in terms of the car's performance and cabin ambience and overall levels of refinement. It doesn't fail to impress off-road either, thanks to those strong engines and a clever transmission system. The move upmarket has seen prices inch ever closer to that of an entry-level Discovery, though.

Costs

The significant boost in quality and standard equipment over the original model has meant a predictable rise in the Freelander's asking price. Choosing your optional extras carefully - few will greatly influence the car's residual value - and opting for the most frugal diesel varaint will help matters. Quality improvements should see servicing as nothing more than routine.

Space and practicality

Head, leg and elbowroom all round is good in the Freelander's cabin - it's a noticably bigger car than the first generation model. There are also a useful number of storage areas in the cabin, especially the capacious box under the front armrest. At the rear, the back seats fold flat to further extend the load space and the tailgate opens high and wide for easy access, although it does require a hefty pull to close.

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