Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006 – 2015) Review

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

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 82% 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)

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

82%

Real MPG

19–43 mpg

MPGs submitted

1195

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What should I do before I garage my car for a few weeks?
"My son wishes to store Land Rover Freelander for several weeks in a barn. The local garage has told him to disconnect his fully charged battery but I have advised against this as this procedure could upset the electronics. If you agree, what trickle charger would you recommend for the 2010 model? I presume it is advisable to try to move the vehicle a bit every 3 to 4 weeks and aim to slightly over-inflate the tyres, too. Many thanks."
We've been asked this question a lot over the past six months so we've put together an advice page here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-car-buyers-and-owners/ We'd definitely recommend a trickle charger. Personally, I use the CTEK MXS 5.0 and it's very good - but there are lots of different ones available. If you can move the vehicle once a month, it will do it the world of good. Ideally, if you can take it up the road for a good 30-40 min run. It's a heavy car and you probably can't push it so to stop the wheels going square you could over-inflate the tyres a bit if moving is not an option.
Answered by Keith Moody
Do I need to tell my insurer about fitting winter tyres and wheels?
"I have bought a Land Rover Freelander with 18-inch wheels and summer tyres. I want to buy a set of 17-inch wheels with winter tyres. Will I need to contact my insurance about the change of wheels and tyres?"
As long as the wheels are from Land Rover and not aftermarket, you would not need to contact them. If they are non OE you would.
Answered by Tim Kelly
What can I do to make my Land Rover ULEZ compliant?
"I have a 2011 Land Rover Freelander 2 diesel. What can I do to get through London's Emissions. The car has EUR 4, and I think it has to be better than 6. "
In short, nothing. The ULEZ is based on the car's emissions and not the age or Euro engine rating. If it doesn't meet the rules then you'll need to replace it, pay the fees or avoid the ULEZ altogether. You can check your car's ULEZ status here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/ulez-ultra-low-emissions-zone-london/
Answered by Dan Powell
Where can I find someone in Dorset to fix a broken differential?
"My niece has a 2007 Land Rover Freelander 2 and her local garage has told her that the differential has gone. She has been told that it will cost in excess of £1000 to put right - a sum she can ill afford. She lives in West Dorset. Do you know of an independent specialist who could fix this for less money?"
These are the best-rated garages in Dorset: https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk/south-west/dorset It's worth ringing around to find a 4x4 specialist who will be able to help.
Answered by David Ross

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