Does the job
Added: 16th of October 2013
Having moved "down" from an early Discovery we were uncertain whether the "baby" Land Rover would do the job. As it happens it has been very good with all aspects of the variety of motoring we do - including frequent long motorway journeys and occasional time on a farm. Long distance comfort is fine and use either off road or in snow and ice has been surprisingly satisfactory. We have an occasional requirement to tow a medium-capacity trailer which the Freelander fulfills with no issues. Because of the advancing age of the vehicle the fixed costs (insurance, servicing) have come down significantly while over a week of a variety of fairly energetic motoring the fuel consumption has returned just shy of 35mpg all in. As a three-door the access to the back seats for larger adults can be awkward on occasion but this is a comparatively rare requirement. The large doors - also a function of being a three-door - can be slightly awkward in tight parking-spaces. Loadspace is an occasional issue if we need to carry passengers but the roof bars do allow for a roofrack to be used for lighter objects. For a vehicle of this "stature" the level of equipment is fairly basic - including the lack of hooks from which a suit or jacket can hang (a function of the removable rear roof section); however, we're not particularly concerned with having more gizmos which - ultimately - are just other things to go wrong. However, as a tall driver preferring a fairly upright driving position the top of the speedometer (around 70mph) is obscured by the steering wheel. Something which works well is the automatic transmission with "command shift" for manual changes; this allows my wife to drive the vehicle as an automatic while I do so as a manual. It's my belief that the manual changes are smoother than the automatic ones.