Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006 – 2015) Review

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Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006 – 2015) At A Glance

3/5

+Bigger than original Freelander. 2.2-litre belt cam diesel. Incredibly good off-road. Robust interior. More fuel efficient 2WD model from 2011 with no rear diff to fail.

-Not as sharp on the road as other 4x4s. High number of automatic transmission, steering rack failures and camshaft failures on 2.2 diesel. Epidemic of rear diff failures.

Insurance Groups are between 19–26
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The 2006 Freelander 2 is a big improvement on the original Freelander the comparison between the two is like chalk and cheese. Land Rover addressed the criticisms of the original model to produced a great compact 4x4 that's composed on road but still as capable off-road as you'd expect of a Land Rover. That's down to an advanced intelligent 4x4 system that optimises traction and fuel economy, along with Land Rover's unique Terrain Response dial up system.

It's in the cabin where the improvements are most noticeable. It's now far better built, more refined and has a hardwearing feel. True other 4x4s this size may have a more modern interior, but there's a robustness about the Freelander 2 that reflects its rugged nature - after all this is no 'soft-roader'.

Like the larger Discovery model, the Freelander 2 is genuinely capable off-road and deals with amazingly difficult terrain with ease, even on standard road tyres - that's not something you can say of a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5.

This does have its downside, as the Freelander 2 isn't as sharp on the road as other 4x4s. It's certainly not wallowy or soft, but it lacks the responsiveness of some rivals, but then none of them can match the Land Rover's all-terrain ability.

The engine line-up includes a 3.2-litre petrol but as you'd expect this is a rare sight. Nearly all buyers go for the strong 2.2 TD4 diesel. In 2009 a stop/start version of this was introduced which saw CO2 emissions reduced to 179g/km and economy improve to a claimed 41.3mpg.

In September 2010 the Freelander 2 was facelifted with a new grille, lights and bumpers, but the big changes came under the skin. The 2.2-litre TD4 engine was replaced by a new unit (the same size) which is available in two outputs of either 150bhp or 190bhp and all manual models come with an engine stop/start system as standard.

A 2WD model was also launched, available in the UK from January 2011, which is badged the Freelander 2 eD4. It's the most efficient Land Rover ever produced, with claimed fuel consumption of 47.2mpg and CO2 emissions of just 158g/km.

Land Rover Freelander TD4_e 2009 Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006 – 2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

19–43 mpg

MPGs submitted

1236

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What's the best compact hybrid SUV?
"I am looking for a replacement for my old Land Rover Freelander. Are there any smaller cars with a reasonably high driving position? Ideally a hybrid, but not fully electric as I need to be able to drive 300 miles about once a month. "
The Ford Puma is a very good, compact mild hybrid crossover: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/puma-2020/ If you want a full hybrid (that is capable of driving on pure electricity at low speeds) then I'd suggest the excellent Toyota C-HR: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/
Answered by Dan Powell
Would an older hybrid car suit a 500-mile weekly commute?
"I'm about to go from 100% home-based to a 400/500-mile per week commute. Currently, I have a 2009 Land Rover Freelander 2 with 144,000 miles on it, going strong. I've put 130,000 miles on it myself over 10 years and serviced it every 5,000 or so miles, but that is still a lot of mileage to be piling 500 or so per week onto. The Freelander will become car number 2 in the household and I need a car for work. I prefer SUV as I've been driving Land Rovers for 25 years and don't enjoy the lower-down position of saloon cars at all. I don't do depreciation or PCPs - my income is too intermittent for that kind of commitment to be comfortable, so £40K+ new cars are out for me. Instead, I take my time and find very low mileage cars where the age has helped depreciation reduce - as was the case with my Freelander - and I look more at mileage than the registration date, as I put a private plate on it anyway. I've been looking at lower mileage Freelander 2s, which are carrying premium prices still, or at low mileage Range Rover Vogue Diesels of 2012-2016 vintage, which are looking good value and well in budget. And...up has popped a Lexus RX450h - registered 2011, under 42,000 miles and at a great price with FSH from Lexus main dealer. I would buy it immediately, but are hybrid batteries of this age (albeit low mileage) bound to have some issues? Short of buying the thing and finding out the hard way that this is the reason for the great price, what can I actually look for or check out? Thanks."
A commute of 500 miles is a lot. I would avoid buying an old, worn-out premium SUV that will give you a long list of running costs and headaches. I think you'd be better off buying a diesel hatchback. The old shape Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC has a good reputation for reliability and returns up to 65mpg: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/honda/civic-2012
Answered by Dan Powell
Can I retrofit a petrol engine into my diesel car to be compliant with the ULEZ?
"I'm happy to keep my Freelander 2 TD4 until the end of days. Is there any option, anywhere, of an engine swap to petrol and could it be legally re-registered to cover ULEZ? I daren't even ask about insurance."
I think it would be cheaper and quicker to simply sell the car and replace it with a petrol Freelander 2. The conversion costs would be huge and your insurance premiums would go up as it'll be considered a major modification. There is also no guarantee that, after spending £1000s on the conversion, TfL would recognise the changes and provide an exemption from the ULEZ.
Answered by Dan Powell
Are all Land Rovers now automatics?
"I'm considering replacing my Freelander and would like another Land Rover. I would like another manual but it would seem that most models are now automatic. Which model would you recommend? It doesn't have to be a new vehicle. Thanks."
The Land Rover Discovery Sport was a direct replacement for the Freelander and is available with a manual gearbox. Most are auto, though, which reflects Land Rover's move upmarket in recent years.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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