A huge, huge improvement in looks over the outgoing Freelander. The face shares the familiar Land Rover grill and lights, just slightly squeezed and pinched to differentiate this model from the rest of the clan. At the rear, funky LED circular tail-lights complete the pleasing design.
Inside, in the highest trim level, HSE Luxury, it’s a smart, pared-down affair of black leathers and expensive plastics, with the familiar JLR rotary knob for the new nine-speed automatic transmission rising out of a clean surround between the seats while the off-road settings switch sits alongside the ventilation in the central stack. The look strikes that pleasing Land Rover balance between utilitarian and stylish.
The best aspect is the touschreen which, in home mode, splits into four windows - iPhone connectivity showing a telephone box and your name, satnav which shows whichever road you’re on, climate which displays weather and outside temperature, and media. Like everything in a Land Rover, it’s useful, simple, smart and satisfying.