We tend not to associate Land Rover with economy.
We tend not to associate Land Rover with economy. In fact it is safe to say that they are widely considered to be gas-guzzlers - especially the Range Rover.
However, in an effort to change that preconception and do its bit for the planet, Land Rover has introduced the Freelander 2 TD4_e as part of the Jaguar and Land Rover, £800 million investment in sustainable technologies, which includes plans for a hybrid version sometime in the future.
Back in the here and now, the main difference between the new Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4_e and the older model is the 'e', which represents Stop/Start technology.
This is the first time that the intelligent Stop/Start system has been used by Land Rover and, it's claimed, the Land Rover Freelander 2 is the world's first SUV to feature the technology and it is also the first production car to include e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES - Land Rover's programme of sustainable engineering initiatives.
Does it make a difference? Well, yes! Apart from the obvious sentiment that the company wouldn't have bothered otherwise, we are told that during the Standard EU4 cycle, CO2 emissions are reduced by 8 per cent, compared to the previous model. Furthermore, Land Rover's own test showed that there was a reduction in fuel consumption of almost 20 per cent during heavy traffic, town driving. In real terms 8 per cent is the difference between 194- and the new 179g/km emissions along with an extra 4.5mpg. So, the economy figures now read as 33.2mpg for the urban cycle, 49.6mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 42.2mpg.
In order to help the driver achieve these target figures, there is a new gearshift indicator light that provides a visual prompt to change gear at the optimum times, for a cleaner, more fuel-efficient drive. Even if you ignore the suggestion most of the time, the increased economy is still noticeable and, I would go as far as to say, impressive, considering the Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4_e has lost none of the off-road prowess that has made it so popular.
The Stop/Start system is triggered automatically as soon as the key fob is pushed into its slot and the start button is pressed, but it can be deactivated via a button on the dash. Like most other similar systems, the engine only cuts out when the Land Rover Freelander 2 is completely stationary, the gearshift is in neutral and the clutch pedal is up. As soon as it is depressed, the engine fires up ready for the off.
If stopped for a while in hot weather, the system will start the engine occasionally, in order to keep the air-conditioning going and the cabin, cool. For those who are not used to it, the engine suddenly stopping can be a little disconcerting and it should be remembered that the power steering is also switched off just as it would be when parked.
Land Rover Freelander Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Freelander 2 HSE|
|Colour||Ipanema Sand - Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/07/10)||£33,425|