There are many conflicting reports suggesting that large, SUV and 4WD vehicles are not safe, this is mainly due to the potential of the car rolling and the roof collapsing on the occupants. Volvo was so concerned about this that at one stage they were considering not bringing out the Volvo XC90, however times have changed and occupant-safety is longer compromised in a big 4WD.
Land Rover’s all new Freelander 2 has just been awarded a top five star (out of five) rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) for adult passenger safety.
It also achieved four stars in the child protection category. In both the adult and child ratings it achieved the highest points of any vehicle in its category, making the Freelander 2 best in class for occupant safety.
“Safety is of paramount importance for Land Rover and for Freelander 2 to be the only compact SUV to be awarded the maximum star rating is a fantastic achievement.” Jonathan Mabey, Land Rover’s Vehicle Safety Manager said.
The ENCAP is highly regarded as one of the best indicators of vehicles safety, so with a 4/5 star rating, it will put the soccer mums at ease.
Apart from the great safety rating, the Freelander 2 comes equipped with advanced stability and traction aids:
Also, unlike Jeeps rather miserable quality in the last few years, the Land Rover comes with a strong monocoque body and its inner ‘safety cell’. Front and rear crumple zones are designed to help absorb as much energy as possible during an impact.
Side-impact protection is further assisted by the ultra-high-strength steel door beams. Front seatbelts have dual pre-tensioners, and all Freelander 2 models feature seven airbags.
Best of all? You get all of this in the Freelander 2 from $49,990. The Freelander 2 will be available in Australia from June in two specification levels, with a choice of 3.2 litre petrol or 2.2 litre turbo diesel engines.