Can the revised Land Rover Freelander hold its own against the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60? We put it to the test.
Land Rover has been on a roll. The Discovery is still the full-size 4x4 benchmark, the all-new Range Rover has been launched to glowing reviews and the trendy Evoque continues to be one of the hottest cars of the moment. But the company hasn’t been ignoring its massively successful entry-level model, the Freelander. The 2013 version comes with a slightly remodelled exterior and an updated cabin, as well as new trim levels.
Land Rover isn’t the only manufacturer trying to stay on top of the competitive compact SUV class. The Audi Q5 has also benefited from a range of updates, including cleaner engines and subtle styling changes, along with revisions to its suspension and steering systems.
All this makes the competition even tougher for the practical and well designed Volvo XC60. Revised engines promise improved efficiency, while this car still sets the style standard.
So which one of these classy compact SUVs should you be putting your money on?