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 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)


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

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Average performance


Real MPG

19–43 mpg

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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
Will a warning light cause my car to fail the MOT?
"I've got a Freelander 2 with the airbag light permanently on. Will it be an MOT failure? Also, will it fail if it doesn't light up at all? Thanks."
If the warning light indicates that the driver's airbag is inoperative then the car will fail the MoT. A passenger airbag that is switched off is not an MoT defect.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend some 4x4 all-season tyres?
"The tyres fitted to my daughter's Freelander 2 need replacing. She lives in the sticks and needs a good all-round tyre. We do get snow in our part of the world. Recommendations, please? Thank you and regards."
Go for a 4x4 all-season tyre like Michelin CrossClimate, Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season or Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3. I believe these all come in the standard size for your daughter's Freelander 2. The benefit of the Michelin and Pirelli tyres is that they're also currently part of a deal on Kwik Fit, so you'll get 10-15% off the price depending on which you opt for. I'd lean towards the Pirelli as the Michelins don't handle snow as well as rivals, but the reviews here suggest Pirelli handle the snow well: Michelin CrossClimate: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season:
Answered by Georgia Petrie
What's the best year model Land Rover Freelander 2?
"What's the best year model for a diesel manual Land Rover Freelander 2? Which engine to choose, too, please?"
If your budget allows, we'd recommend a post-facelift model from 2010 onwards. At this point, the TD4 engine was revised and - despite a power drop - offered more torque, making it a more relaxing car to drive than earlier models. If you don't need four-wheel-drive, it could be worth hunting out an eD4 model. These are two-wheel drive and rather rare, but are generally more reliable due to the lack of a complex four-wheel-drive system. See here for common issues:
Answered by Andrew Brady

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