Land Rover Freelander 2
Landrover had an underwhelming rollout with their first version of the Freelander which was apparently lacking in the quintessential Land Rover abilities to bring city folk off the beaten path. While the Freelander 2 was an immediate remedy for it’s under par predecessor, it has steadily improved over the years from it’s first unveiling. Most importantly, it doesn’t resemble the first Freelander, and it does handle off-road conditions. Let’s have a closer look.
In terms of cabin space, the Freelander 2 has increased legroom and height as well as boot space, which is still relatively small for a vehicle of its size. Better for packing people than bags. The original 6 cylinder engine has also seen its share of variations. It was later replaced with a 2.0 L turbo and 2.2L turbo diesel engine, making 171kW. The diesel was the more popular option as it provided more handling power true to the name of Range Rover. The six-speed automatic was joined by a manual option in 2011 to cater to the more technical, hands on drivers that enjoy adventure. Eventually, the petrol chewing 6-cylinder was replaced for a more economical four-cylinder, which we see in the Freelander 2 today.
While Freelander 2 owners were generally enthusiastic about it’s handling abilities, this Rover wasn’t made to be the most durable off-road vehicle. If you’re buying or selling a Landrover Freelander 2, it’s important to be aware of possible wear and tear under the car and on the body from more aggressive off-road driving.
Price, Engine, and Transmission
As a reflection of the seven versions and various specifications offered in the Freelander 2, prices vary widely from an entry-level $28,710 up to $56,100. It can get a little complicated sifting through all of the options so we’ve done our best to break it down into TD4’s, Si4’s, and SD4’s with engine options and corresponding price ranges. If you are selling a Landrover Freelander 2 you can also get in touch with areyouselling.com.au and we’ll walk you through the car selling process.
The lower range TD4’s offer both manual and automatic variations, unlike the upper level options. They are all 2.2L, 6-speed, diesel engines.
TD4 manual ranges from the lowest price of $28,710 to $34,650
TDA automatic ranges from $30,360 to $36,520.
TD4 SE automatic ranges from $35,750 to $42,570.
The Si4 SE mid range is a 4×4 6-speed auto with a 2.0 L PULP engine and ranges from $38,720 to $45,540.
The SD4 top-range comes as 2.2L Diesel engines with 6-speed automatic transmission and vary between the HSE, the HSE Luxury and the SE.
SE ranges from $37,840 to $44,550 depending on specs.
HSE ranges from $45,540 to $59,910.
HSE Luxury ranges from $48,840 to the top of the line $56,100
When it comes to features, Landrover is the absolute champion for base-level inclusions. The list goes on and on but we’ll highlight the basics so you can get a feel for what is on offer with these luxury cars.
The entry-level cars include, but are not limited to: 19-inch alloy wheels, body coloured exterior door handles and mirrors and wood grain trim, tilt and telescope steering wheel, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters, multifunctional centre console and additional cup holders, 12 Volt power outlet, leather steering wheel and seats, 11-speaker sound system, and xenon headlight. It also has all contemporary control screen features with various audio and phone connectivity.
The Luxury HSE SD4 also comes with a 17-speaker option and an anti-theft alarm system.
Along with a crucial 5-star ANCAP rating, the Freelander has as many, if not more, safety features than it does specs. For the average driver this is important but not top priority, but Landrover drivers need to know their vehicle can take them wherever they need to go, no matter the conditions. Some of the most impressive safety features are included below and reflect even base level options.
With a Freelander 2 you can expect to enjoy: Brake assist, corner control and anti-lock braking, cruise control, exterior mirrors with heating, tilt on reverse and puddle lighting, dusk sensing headlights. Dual front and head airbags as well as driver knee bags, hill descent control, headlight wiper system, parking distance control in front and rear, power steering, windows and mirrors, auto dimming of the rear view mirror, full-size alloy spare wheel, vehicle trailer stability control and traction control system as well as a tool box!
Emissions and Warranty
While emission ratings vary between various models, manual or automatic, and overall driving conditions, the Freelander 2 emission standards are reported to be roughly 7.7L/100km. This is an impressive achievement for a car of this caliber and is due to efficiency improvements in the more recent models.
Warranty is a standard 3-year and slightly substandard 100,000 kms.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Attractive & Comfortable, able to handle most off-road conditions. Excellent base-level safety features.
Cons: Small boot for the size of the vehicle and expensive even at mid-level options.
Land Rover Discovery Landmark
The Land Rover Discovery has remained an almost un-improvable crowd favourite over it’s long and successful history. The British company knows better than to alter a near-perfect design and has faithfully kept providing the design its driver’s know and love. When the flashy new versions of discovery were unveiled in 2016, some Discovery die-hards may have taken pause, but it seems the new kids on the block only differ cosmetically and have the addition of a few extra specs, plus the new and improved price tag. This limited edition Landmark, and it’s partner, the Graphite, serve as a delectable interim between the Discovery 4, and the Discovery 5 that was still on the horizon. If you’re buying or selling a Land Rover Discovery Landmark, we’ll run through the basics to get your head around and go over what makes it different from the Graphite. Let’s have a look.
Price and Evolution from Predecessors
The price tag on this fancy limited edition vehicle may seem a tad pretentious, but we’ll show you the spread of versions starting with the entry-level Discovery 4 and heading up so you can get an idea of how it compares to the original model.
All are 3.0L V6 engines with 8-speed automatic transmissions but they vary between super-charged (SC), sequential diesel/turbo (SD), and turbo diesel. All of the various acronyms can get confusing, we know. When you see SE it just means Standard Specifications, while HSE means High specification equipment. Now that we’re clear as mud on letters, let’s look at some numbers.
The TDV6 (Diesel engine) ranges from $59,950-$68,860
The SDV6 SE (Diesel engine) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SDV6 HSE (diesel engine) ranges from $82,940- $95,370
The SCV6 SE (PULP) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SCV6 HSE (PULP) ranges from $82,940-$95,370
Along with the limited edition Landmark we also have the new Graphite, slightly more entry-level if you can call it that at this range. Basically it corresponds to either the TDV6 option and runs for $70,780 or the SDV6 $89,900. You can see how these compare to the Discovery 4 prices above but are slightly more expensive to account for the exterior and interior improvements and probably also it’s “limited-ness”.
Our Landmark rolls in at a steep $106,690, but jumps off from the SCV6 HSE model and has a bunch of extras, but we’ll have a look at all the specs in the next section.
If the vehicles aren’t enough for you as they are, you can tack on some extras for equally special prices. The options are: Digital TV for $1,580, Alpine Sunroof for $3,860, tinted glass for $1,100, rear traffic and blind spot alerts for $700, wade sensing for $340, and active rear locking for $1,060.
The Graphite definitely caters to those who like choice. You can pick between nine body colours and three interior colours while the wheels, grille, and fender vents all enjoy sleek, dark gloss gray finish. It’s rolls around on 19-inch, 7-split spoke alloy wheels plus keyless entry, HDD nav, and a console cooler box if you choose the SDV6.
The Landmark has fender vents, grille, and mirror caps all finished in black and a choice of a humble five body colours. The roof is fitted with brightly finished rails, and the wheels are 20-inch, 5-split-spoke, alloy. You can choose between three colours for the leather interior but leather trimming, dash, and door casings. It’s very flash. The centre console cooler is included along with heated front and rear seats and even a heated steering wheel. Another truly unique feature is the 825W surround sound system that beats out all other Discovery models.
The boot is split with the top half folding up practically into a roof while the bottom comes down flat and can be used to sit on or cook on if you’re out in the bush. Along the the mini-fridge console up front, this makes planning for long day trips or overnights really easy.
The Landmark comes with the impressive Vision Assist pack with automatic high beams, 5-camera surround surveillance, and adaptive Xenon headlights in addition to all of the basic features of the Discovery 4.
The downside is that it doesn’t have an ANCAP rating but it’s got the same specs as the Discovery 3 which scored a four out of five. Room for improvement here.
Engine and Transmission
We’ve covered engines up in the price section but as a reminder for the two limited edition models:
The Graphite comes in either the TDV6 model making 155kW, or the SDV6 with 188kW. The
Landmark comes in either SDV6 or SCV6 HSE making 183kW at 4000 rpm. These both have one more turbo charger compared to the TDV6 models and have a lot more power available for acceleration. All models are 3.0L, 8-speed automatics.
The car feels extremely spacious as a result of the somewhat less attractive design that has harsher edges and less flow. Even tall passengers won’t feel cramped by ceiling space and even though it gets a little cramped by the time you get to the third row, it’s not too bad for a seven-seater SUV. With all this room for people, the boot space is unsurprisingly very small. The good thing is, if you don’t have all three rows filled up you can put down the back seats and have roughly 1260 Litres of space, which is a lot. If you really want to make a little home out of it, the second row also folds down flat and it get incredibly roomy in there. There are also cup holders, bottle holders, and even storage boxes fitted throughout the cabin.
Fuel, Emissions and Warranty
The Landmark’s combined rating has been placed at 8.8L/100kms which is pretty darn good for an off-road SUV weighing 2558kg empty. It also has an estimated 230g/km CO2 emissions average.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great transmission & engine. Elegant interior, impressive features and extras.
Cons: Older safety & car tech, somewhat of a lag on turbochargers when accelerating.