Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Even on the entry-level model, the feeling of being in a premium, solidly built car is strong. The soft touch materials, thick door shoulders and precise controls all reinforce this feeling. The driving position is elevated while the instrument dials and switches are similar to the Discovery 3. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, with six-way adjustment for the driver including for height, and there is plenty of room.

There is also a keyless push button start, tilt/reach adjustable steering wheel, plus a number of useful cubby holes and trays. . A new display screen between the main instruments was added for 2013 Freelander, displaying temperature, fuel gauge, gear-selection and terrain response information. The screen’s drop-down menus are controlled via toggle switches on the steering wheel.

Compared to the previous model, Land Rover Freelander comfort has improved dramatically. There’s very little engine or road noise in everyday driving while the smooth yet controlled ride means passengers won’t feel sick on twisting country lanes. The driver gets more leg, shoulder and head room and the drivers’ seat has six-way adjustment as standard.

SE model and the HSE models have eight-way adjustable seats, and there is the option of electric adjustment and armrests. In the back there is room for three adults to sit in comfort and the seats are slightly higher giving for a better view forward. A leather interior is standard while the top HSE Lux also gets upgraded ‘Windsor’ leather seats and a heated steering wheel as standard.