The Land Rover Discovery Sport has finally been revealed, and will replace the Land Rover Freelander 2, which went on sale in 2006. If you can't wait for the Discovery Sport, which will go on sale in early 2015, or aren't looking for a new car, you can now pick up the Freelander 2 from just £10,000.
It's comfortable, easy to see out of and roomy up front. Those in the rear seats aren't quite as well catered for because knee room is a bit compromised. However, the rear seats do fold almost flat to boost practicality.
All models come with a CD player, air-conditioning and alloy wheels. We'd recommend buyers go for GS trim, which comes with cruise control, rear parking sensors and Terrain Response which allows the driver to change the four-wheel-drive system to meet current conditions. Most buyers are best to avoid the thirsty petrol models in favour of the more economical and very popular 2.2 TD4.
The Freelander might be the smallest Land Rover on sale but it is every bit as capable off-road as its larger siblings.
Land Rover Freelander problems
The Land Rover Freelander 2 is more reliable than the previous-generation car but there are still things that buyers need to look out for.
There have been two recalls. The first was to fix a problem that could cause the sunroof to detach and the second was to fix an issue with the booster heater in diesel cars, which could cause a fire. It's important to check that these fixes have been done.
Electrical problems can affect the stereo, airbag warning lights and headlights. Look out for warning lights in the instrument display when you start up.
Owners have also complained of problems with the gearbox and clutch. Check that the gearchange is smooth. Problems can be worsened if the car has been used for towing.
Problems with the air-conditioning have been known so check that the system cools the cabin as it should on a test drive.
Service intervals for the Land Rover Freelander 2 are one year or 16k miles.