Hello! Ted here, continuing my series of articles where I review different cars from the point of view that counts the most - the dog's. This time, I'm taking a ride in the Land Rover Freelander. An SUV like this should be a thoroughly dog-friendly experience, but is it? The snout will out. (As soon as someone gives me a leg up; the boot on the Freelander is awfully high up.)
"The Land Rover Freelander: Better than standing in the rain."
On the surface, the Land Rover Freelander is a reasonable car, but as soon as you take a closer sniff it starts to disappoint. While the suspension positively carries you down urban streets and motorways, the boxlike body leans uncomfortably when turning corners - a fur raising experience if ever there was one. And while I enjoy jumping up and down on my own four feet, I like it less when the car does it over dips and crests. Traveling with a canine companion and these suspension issues could mean it's only a matter of time before you appreciate the wipe-clean interior. The boot is small too, compared with other SUVs and is intruded upon by the wheel arch. Not the most comfortable ride, even with a furry bottom.
The Freelander's box shaped body work has another downside too. It causes so much wind noise at high speeds you can't hear yourself bark. I don't mind it, though, because I'm clearly a very brave Beagle, and not at all unnerved by loud howling noises.