This is my wife's car which we have been running for a year now. The car has been totally faultless and has been a pleasure to own and drive. Just had the first service carried out at a cost of £400 which is on the expensive side but we knew this when we researched before buying the car. Dealer experience has been excellent to date from the initial ordering (via an internet broker) through to servicing (the car could not be cleaned after the service so we were offered a free valet on a later date and my wife got a bunch of flowers as an apology). Car is great to drive - very refined (once warmed up), a bit roly poly on the bends but great for long distance cruising. Fuel economy is ok, my wife averages about 32mpg on her short journeys but we regularly get 39mpg on longer runs. XS spec has good equipment levels with front & rear parking sensors, electric heated seats, heated windscreen, powerfold mirrors and sat nav. Winter driving is now a pleasure for my wife - especially with the Terrain Response system which dulls the power in snow/ice mode. We would definitely recommend this car and would certainly by from Landrover again (probably an Evoque)
I have owned the HSE auto for about 2.5 years and during that time it's been used almost exclusively for rural driving. Plus points are the go anywhere ability, which comes into its own during snowy winters in the countryside, comfort and surprisingly good handling on road. But on the negative side the engine has gone into "reduced power" mode twice, both times during cold (below -12c) weather and after driving for about 10 minutes which is apparently a problem with the engine temperature sensors and "not worth fixing" in the words of the local dealer but worse is the simply shocking fuel economy. My average over the life of the car is 23.3mpg with an all time best of 30.8mpg on a long, uninterrupted motorway run at no more than 70mph.
In addition, in order to get the most out of the boot space, which is adequate for a car of this footprint, you need to buy the solid cargo barrier so you can stack the car to the roof safely - don't believe the figures alone when comparing!
If you can live with the consumption problem then the Freelander is a perfectly acceptable car but I for one will be looking to change in the near future to something with a little more space and a lot less thirst.
Took delivery of my fourth in four years today - the first MY11 Freelander I've owned. Not happy with the colour choice, baltic blue, which seems more purple than I had expected. Interior on the 2011 models is fantastic even without the optional upgraded leather, in terms of comfort and versatility, but many of the finishes in the cabin are quite plasticy. Make sure you get one with sat-nav, it's the best investment you'll ever make. The SD4 engine isn't noticeably different (so far) to the TD4, despite the 40BHP jump. Overall the facelift goes some way to tidy up a model which is already far too dated, and next time round I'll end up going for the new Evoque having become bored with the Freelander's normality. It's a great car which you can depend on in the snow or mud, and the Land Rover name adds desirability and resale value. But somehow the Freelander 2 doesn't quite make it any more. Land Rover should refresh the model in a bigger way before they make a bad name for themselves!
I have owned my 2008 Freelander 2 2.2 diesel GS since July 08. Superb driving car and handles very well. Feels swift underfoot and well balanced on country roads. Pulling power on hills is quite excellent. Quality interior and fabrics on the GS. a GS is best value without doubt. Good range of equipment. I traded in a 06 Discovery 3 as too bulky for the city in its latest design although a great cruiser with height, super diesel engine and comfortable interior. I am mostly driving in small towns and country roads so the FL2 suits me. Parking is alot easier. Could not do without the rear parking sensors so beware buying cheaper models. Rear sensors are essential as I found to my cost in the Discovery. I have had a non starting problem which turned out to be a faulty battery. Once replaced everything was perfect again. The engine and electrics have otherwise been faultless. Overall would recommend this LR 4x4 if you want something a good bit smaller than the Disco. Improvements I would like to see would be a slightly larger boot area. Previous cars 2 Discos, Mercedes ML270 Jaguar X-Type Estate, RAV 4 and the best car in that group was probably Discovery 3.
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