LEts start with me;I'm tall and slab sided.. rather like a lot of larger 4x4's. However, when manouvering out of my old Audi Allroad I was looking for another (having previously owned a Rangy and various other Japanese off-roaders)4 wheel drive, somehting that I could comfortably get into and feel good about driving. I had previously considered the 'old' Freelander- dismissed it through lack of interior room and reliability issues, reading up in What Car and doinf a little investigation I found my local dealer to be extremely helpful and understanding. When I couldnt find a used example I went for a factory order. Specced up with 6 speed auto, tinted glass, met paint, adaptive bi-xenons, full size spare and a very decent trade in on my old bus. The previous reviewer comments on VFM value fr money, OK listed with the extras we should be talking £34k coming into X5, Toureg and Landie country.. however, I managed to do the 'deal' at £28k! This was fantastic and I am pleased to say that I am extremely happy with the product, it is everything that the positive comments given say and to add to this I have ventured far afield onto deep snow and ice and sand and the 'trick' selector works a treat; BIG smiles all round it even saw off a couple of the pretend Lexus RX and an older Landie so Size as they say isn't everything!
At present I am driving a VW Touareg V6 TDi SE Automatic which I am very pleased with. I am looking at the possibilty of downsizing and considering my options as to what it is I would buy. The BMW X3 is absolutely awful car to drive and so terribly overpriced it's a joke! The VW Tiguan is being launched but their powertrain is not as powerful as the Freelander, a more powwerful engine is due for release in the summer.
Moving on, I must say I was really impressed with the Freelander Diesel Automatic HSE. My drive through west London was lively and comfy. The level of equipoment fitted to the HSE was very comprehensive, with electric seats, power fold mirrors, touch screen sat nav, parking sensors and a great music system featuring Dolby Pro Logic 11 7.1 sound surround! The car was lively responsive although the engine was a little rough. The down sides for me were for a car costing £32,330 as an Auto, Metallic paint at £490.00 and Xenon Adaptive lights cost £995.00 are extras, this brings the total cost to £33,815.00 which I think on a car costing this amount shouls be standard! One last point the luggage cover is very thin and cheap should be made out of better materials, look at the VW Touareg one. Overall a great car I would recommend it.
After owning a previous model freelander from new for 9 years, we pondered long and hard before replacing it with the new model. As the previous freelander suited our requirements well, we narrowed the choice down to this new freelander, another landrover model and possibly the nissan or mitsubishi alternatives. For our purposes the new freelander was far and away the best of these models that we tested (Discovery too long, RRS felt too wide for our narrow lanes and the others just felt cheaper).
7,000 miles on and absolutely nothing has gone wrong at all. It's handled our normal mix of town, school run and motorway work and we've even had a little bit of fun with it in the recent snow. We get about 35 mpg from the manual diesel HSE.
For all previous Freelander owners, it's a huge step-up in size, quality and sophistication so approach it with an open mind! Would very much recommend.
I have owned the GS Td4 for 8 months and have experienced over 5,000 miles of enjoyable driving. Great driving position (I'm 6'3" tall) and superb handling are the highlights. Front (option) & rear parking sensors make for hastle free parking. Overall the spec. & level of kit are appropriate. Economy wise 37-38mpg is easily achieveable on long runs.
In summary, this is the best car I have ever owned (and being a former company car driver I've had a few!) by far. It's price may be a little higher compared to some of it's competitors (Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorrento & Nissan's offering) but the FL2 tops the lot!
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