My wife was transfered for temporary assignment in England last year and was provided a car expense fund. She chose a "DIESEL" LR2 (Freelander 2) that is available everywhere in the world except the USA. It is a 2.2 liter common rail, turbo charged unit with an automatic transmission. On a number of trips we took into mainland Europe, we averaged low to mid 30 MPG on the highway and low 20 MPG in city driving. The build quality was excellent and durability was bullet- proof. And the MPG was a shocker! Note: Fuel prices in Europe are considerably higher. She got a great small/mid-sized SUV with all the creature comforts - loaded - for significantly less money compared to BMW or Mercedes.
Comfortable, command seating especially for the driver. Every bit was top-notch. Bullet-proof operation. GREAT gas mileage for the diesel! (HELLO Land Rover USA - If you read this your missing the boat on this great little diesel engine in the States). HID lighting and Sat-Nav for Europe was superb.
If Land Rover would bring the LR2 with a diesel option to the USA (known as the Freelander 2 everywhere else), they would corner the market. Hopefully, Tata Motors will look at providing this as an option in North America. As of this, I will probably purchase a used Mercedes Benz M class 320 CDI.
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