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2011 Land-Rover Freelander Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by Phideaux

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Reviewed: 2011 Land Rover Freelander

4dr SUV turbocharged 150hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2011 Land Rover Freelander?

Fuel economy

Diesel economy is my only disappointment. Advertised 7L/100km, gets 8.2L/100km best ever, usually ~9.1L/100km. That's: 40mpg IMP or 33mpg US advertised, actual is 34mpgIMP/29mpgUS best, 31mpgIMP/26mpgUS worst

Ride smoothness

Ride - for an AWD with genuine off-road ability - is excellent, and is always commented on by passengers.

Front seat support & comfort

It's the ONLY car I've ever owned in 42 years where you can drive 500km, unpack, and cheerfully 'go for a drive'.

Powertrain performance

Turbo-lag is pronounced, followed by a massive torque surge. Passengers mistake this 110kw/420nm 2.2L diesel for a V8!! Relatively low power is only sometimes an issue in high-speed highway overtaking.

Reliability & durability

has been utterly reliable; has coped with serious off-road usage.

Why Not the 2011 Land Rover Freelander?

Price or payments

At ~AUS$50,000 drive-away they are about $5000 more expensive with anything comparable for on-off-road use. VW Tiguan/Subaru Forester diesel are about $45,000, but Audi & BMW are more expensive ($60-$75K) and the BMW in particular is a joke off-road.

Quietness

Wonderfully quiet - good on tar, stunning on gravel

Brand reputation & image

Land Rover have really, really lifted their game in the last 5-10 years. See the JD Powers surveys!

Exterior styling

Is ... a little non-descript, EXCEPT! - the back windows are designed for passenger comfort, particularly children can see out, and reversing vision is better than the trendoid Evoque. Evoque = Be Seen; Freelander = be used, loved, taken anywhere.

Interior styling

Is a little 'bitty' - ergonomics are buttons-hard-to-find for accessories like radio or air-con. Driving buttons like cruise or wipers are OK, though.

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