The latest facelift resulted no significant changes to the inside of the Land Rover Freelander beyond new instruments and upholstery options. Perch behind the Freelander’s wheel and there is no missing the fact that you are in a premium SUV.
What Land Rover refers to as a 'command' driving position has you sitting high up, enjoying the broad expanses of glass and upright dashboard. Narrow A-pillars, flat sides to the bodywork and a bonnet that’s visible to its end make it easier to thread the car off-road and in town. The Freelander might be 4500mm long and 1910mm wide (2180mm including mirrors), but it’s easier to park than plenty of family hatchbacks.
Top-spec HSE models come laden with luxuries, and without these there's no doubt the Freelander loses some of its polish. The base architecture of the dashboard and its switchgear are beginning to feel a little aged, as are the green back-lit digital readouts, which look particularly 1980s Casio next to the colour touch screen that comes as standard on the HSE model. Even in the highest spec available, the Freelander falls shy of the sophisticated and uncluttered interiors that you'll find in the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Still, the high roof allows plenty of headroom in the front and rear, and although knee space is more plentiful in most other cars of this size, two normal-sized adults will be comfortable in the back. The front seats can’t be set low enough for some drivers, and our knees were frequently banging against the centre console.
Its 755 litres of boot space (measured up to the roof) is poor by class standards, though there’s enough space for general use, even with the optional full-sized spare tyre hidden beneath the floor and significant wheel arch intrusion.