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Land Rover Freelander 2 Review

The Freelander 2 is Land Rover’s more premium feeling vehicle that does not sacrifice performance on or off the road. The Freelander boasts more cabin space, a better fit and finish and a more attractive asking price. The Freelander 2 has a bold look and was closely modeled after the Discovery 3. The Freelander 2 resembles the body style of the model it replaced but is actually large on the inside and out and has been completely overhauled and now holds a more upmarket position. The Land Rover sports new engines and a new all-wheel drive system. The diesel engines are the most impressive and deliver excellent performance on various terrains. Electronic driving aids help to keep the Freelender-2 stable.The Land Rover-Freelander2 has a more premium feel and delivers a better ride quality than previous generations. The Freelander’s off-roading ability has been greatly improved without sacrificing its on-road abilities. The Freelander is a competent towing vehicle as well. The Freelander 2’s premium feel and upmarket qualities have led to a more premium price. Buyers will not be left to wonder what they paid for though. The Freelander’s strengths and appeal is very obvious.

Practicality

The Freelander2 has a premium quality feel and a good build quality. The Land Rover’s price is a direct reflection of that quality. The Freelander’s price is still competitive with rival brands in the premium sector. The Freelander 2 provides excellent cabin space with head, leg and elbowroom being more than adequate all-round. The Land Rover’s boot is also very spacious and accommodating. The Freelander’s seats fold flat to increase cargo carrying capabilities. The Land Rover Freelander-2 boasts a classy and simple instrumentation design. The dials and controls are easy to use and straight forward. The predominantly black colour gives the instrumentation a sophisticated look. The Freelander-2 provides a comfortable ride on and off the road. The Land Rover’s seats are large and supportive even on rougher terrain. Cabin space is also more than adequate making it easy to get comfortable in the Freelander’s cabin. Despite the Freelander 2’s large size it is a fairly easy car to park. The Freelander provides a high drive position and light steering making parking easy. The Land Rover’s large side mirrors and parking sensors should make parking a breeze even for the most timid drivers.

 Life Style

The Freelander 2 provides an excellent off-road experience without totally sacrificing the on-road ride. On the road pitch and roll are effectively controlled. The diesel engine is the better choice due to better fuel economy. The Free- Lander boasts an impressive all-wheel drive system and is within its element on and off-road. The Free Lander 2 would make a decent family car. The cabin provides plenty of space for an average family and has a good size boot for holding family related items. Active families will appreciate the 4X4 capabilities of the Freelander. The Freelander2 is easy enough to drive but is not a likely first car. It is too expensive and may be difficult for a novice driver to navigate through crowded streets and parking lots. A newly licensed driver may also find the Freelander 2 difficult to park. The Freelander 2 will be an asset to Land Rover’s image. The company has always had a strong and positive image. The firm has struggled in recent years in terms of build quality. The Freelander’s build quality will do a lot to redeem Land Rover in the eyes of buyers.

 Safety and Security

 The Freelander 2’s standard security features include remote central locking, a security alarm and an engine immoboliser. The standard security features should be more than adequate but a visual deterrent may be desired as well. The Land Rover’s standard safety features include the vehicle’s all-wheel drive system, seven air bags, various traction and stability controls. The standard airbags include a driver-side knee airbag.

 The Finishing Touches

 The Freelander’s standard audio unit includes a stereo and CD player combination. The unit boasts good sound quality. Several cost options are available including a sat-nav system. The Freelander-2 is offered in a bright orange colour that won’t easily be missed. Darker colours give the Land Rover a more premium look and will return higher resale values. The Freelander’s interior looks better in darker colours with leather seats being optional.

 Summary

 The Freelander 2 is not only bigger than its predecessor; it is also better built and has an all-round more premium feel. Land Rover’s Freelander 2 is a successful ploy for the firm to move upmarket. The Land Rover-2 is not only more impressive on the road it also performs well off-road.

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Nissan Terrano Review

The Nissan Terrano is a chunky looking 4×4 that delivers a good deal of comfort and versatility. The Terrano is priced lower than most rivals but its abilities also seem to lag behind as well. The Terrano is better when used as a family vehicle or for hauling duties. Cabin space is not great in the Terrano but it is adequate for most passengers. The drive position could be better and the car’s seats could be more supportive as well. The interior is not special and the cabin is filled with engine and road noise. The new Terrano is better equipped than its predecessors and offers good value for the money. The Terrano is powered by a 3.0Di. The engine lacks the refinement of some of the rival brands and none of the engines in the line are impressive. The car’s steering is vague and on-road its handling is lacking as well. The Terrano is very spacious especially in five and seven seat form. The seats in the seven-seater can be removed to create added versatility. The car’s boot is a decent size as well and can store shopping or other large items.

Practicality

The Nissan Terrano is a fairly inexpensive 4×4 that offers good cabin and storage space. Running costs are low and fuel economy is decent. The Terrano offers good value for money considering the high levels of equipment and the car’s versatility. The Terrano provides adequate cabin space. Many will find legroom and elbow room to be less than adequate. The car’s boot is practically sized and offers good storage space. The car’s controls and dials are very simple and easy to use. Displays are large and easy to read. For the most part everything is where you would expect it to be. The Terrano offers comfortable seating, but legroom and elbowroom is limited. Road and engine noise are bothersome, and the ride is not the most refined. Access to the car’s cabin is good especially for front row and middle row passengers. Rearmost passengers don’t have it quite as good and should be reserved for children. The Terrano is easy enough to park. Despite the poor drive position visibility is good and successfully placing the Terrano into a parking space can be challenging at times but is not too difficult. Large side mirrors help out too.

Life Style

The Terrano is great for hauling people or load lugging. It’s even a competent tow vehicle. It delivers a less refined ride than competitors but feels more at home on the road in less challenging conditions. The car is not fast or powerful and performance is less than impressive. The Terrano is a good family vehicle. It delivers a good seating arrangement coupled with seating versatility and is able to meet the needs of most families quite easily. The Terrano is also economical to run and would be ideal for families on a budget. The Terrano would not make a good first car. It is much too large and difficult to handle for novice drivers, and it is doesn’t include any of the features that most first time buyers look for in a car. Nissan has an excellent reputation for building reliable and affordable cars. Most Nissan’s are inexpensive and usually of decent quality. The Nissan badge is not held in as high regard as some of the more up-market brands.

Security and Safety

The car’s basic security features include an engine immobilizer, remote central locking, a visible VIN number and deadlocks. The car comes with a good deal of security and should be well protected. The car’s standard safety features include twin front airbags and ABS and side impact beams. Front side airbags also come as standard and so do child locks.

The Finishing Touches

The car standard audio system includes a CD/radio unit with an automatic CD changer. The unit comes with four speakers and provides good sound quality. The car also comes with a Rev counter; alloy wheels, halogen head lights, front fog lamps and power assisted steering. The car’s leather seats are very attractive and help to give the car a more quality feel.

Summary

The Terrano makes a good family car for families who are on a budget, and it also makes a good towing van. The Terrano can be difficult to drive and to park. The car only provides modest levels of comfort both in the cabin and ride wise. For a more luxurious and comfortable vehicle buyers should look elsewhere.

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Porsche Boxster Review

The Boxster has been subtly redesigned by Porsche. The Boxster now sports an exterior design true to traditional Porsche form. The Boxster has been totally restyled to lessen its resemblance to the Porsche 911 and to bring it back to a more traditional form. The Boxster delivers excellent handling and a choice of impressive engines. The Boxster’s interior is impressive but the most impressive enhancements are not so easily seen. The Boxster’s engines are more powerful than before and its suspension has been revised along with improvements in handling and the inclusion of electronic aids. The Boxster has enjoyed a great deal of popularity since its introduction the added enhancements will increase the Boxster’s desirability.

Practicality

The Boxster is more costly to purchase than most of its competitors but it also offers a lot of value for the money. The Boxster is fast and boasts a good build quality. Resale values should be high and maintenance is likely to be routine. The Boxster is not a spacious vehicle. Available cabin space is surprisingly much more limited than exterior dimensions suggest.  The Boxster does boast pretty impressive boot space however and a decent glovebox. The Boxster’s instrumentation and cabin design are based on the Cayenne. The Boxster’s main controls and dials are large and well designed. The roof is easy to retract with the pull of a lever and the push of a button. Passengers will not have any trouble getting comfortable inside of the Boxster’s cabin. The seats are supportive and the Boxster provides fully adjustable seats. Engine noise is better disguised with the top up but has an appealing sound with the top down as well. The Boxster provides good accessibility. The doors open wide providing a large aperture that facilitates accessibility. The Boxster’s doors are large and heavy and may present difficulties in a crowded parking lot.

Life Style

The Boxster is a fun car to drive with enhanced steering and plenty of grip. Enthusiastic drivers will appreciate the powerful engines that are available. Porsche’s 2.7-litre six cylinder engine is more than competent. The Boxster is a two-seater and is much too small for a family car. The Boxster was not designed to lug a family or their cargo around. It would make a really fun second car or even third car for a family. The Boxster would be a really fun first car for those who could afford it. It is unlikely that many first time buyers could afford the initial purchase price, insurance and fuel for the Boxster. Porsche has never had an image problem and the Boxster will only serve as a compliment to the firm’s already positive image. Some dispute the quality of materials used in the cabin (centre console), but for the most part the baby Porsche is very impressive.

Security and Safety

The Boxster is an attractive car with plenty of curb appeal. Porsche has taken this into account and has included remote central locking and an engine immobolizer as standard. Porsche has even included the option of a hard top for buyers who desire increased security. The Boxster comes equipped with an array of safety features including twin front airbags, side and head airbags. Other standard safety features include rollover safety features, and Porsche Stability Management.

The Finishing Touches

The Porsche Boxster’s standard audio unit includes a radio and CD player. The standard unit provides good sound quality but optional upgrades are available from the options list including a sat-nav system and a trip computer. The Boxster’s exterior looks the most attractive in silver. Dark metallic colours increase the Boxster’s charm and a mixture of cloth and leather successfully create a classy and sporty atmosphere in the cabin area.

Summary

The Boxster’s traditional design will be appealing to many buyers, but its performance and build quality will impress even more buyers. The Boxster has been enhanced in all the right places and offers buyers a complete package.

Peugeot Reveals 308 Prices

Prices have been revealed for the 2014 Peugeot 308.

The French manufacturer has confirmed that the medium sized family car will start from £14,995.

Peugeot-308-1_2691289bThe model will be initially available with 5 different engines, of which the most efficient is the 1.6 HDi 92 diesel. It emits just 93g/km of CO2 and thus qualifies for free road tax. Peugeot has also saif that two new engines will join the range in spring 2014 – a 1.2 litre petrol, and a diesel which emits even less CO2 (82g/km to be exact).

Prices will vary by around £9,000 from entry level to the range-topping 2.0 BlueHDi 150 automatic, which will set you back a cool £24,045.

UK buyers can choose between four trim levels, all of which come with an impressive level of equipment. Access models get air-conditioning, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrading to Active will get you dual-zone air-conditioning, an electric handbrake, rear parking sensors, a 9.7-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation.

Cars with the third level Allure trim come complete with 17-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors, a reversing camera and full LED headlights, while top-spec Feline cars get a panoramic glass roof, Alcantara upholstery and a Driver Dssistance Pack that includes various safety systems.

The 2014 Peugeot 308 is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in January. The new arrival may also contribute to a fall in price for previous generation models – used listings can be found online at CarVillage.co.uk.

To Lease Or Not To Lease?

We all know that buying a new car can be a very expensive business, particularly if you’re after something a little flashy. There are several things to consider before you purchase one – do you go for a new or used model, what type of vehicle do you go for and which manufacturer seems to be the most reliable one.

In more recent years however, another option is becoming ever more popular – leasing. More people every year are deciding to opt for this rather than actually buying a car outright. There are several reasons for this, and here are the top five advantages of leasing a vehicle.

 

Monthly Payments

Buying a new car and even some used cars can require a very large upfront payment, which could take years to save up for. When you lease a vehicle you will only pay a small cost upfront and the rest over monthly instalments, which is much more financially viable.

 

Better Cars

If you choose to lease, more options become available to you. Even if you have £12,000 saved for example, you could only buy something like a Ford Fiesta brand new. For that amount of money you could be driving much larger and more expensive cars on a lease deal with better engines.

 

All In One

You don’t need to worry about of the expenses associated with driving when you lease a car. Road tax, insurance and the cost of the vehicle are all covered under one monthly payment which makes things much more manageable.

 

Switch It Up

Another advantage of leasing is that you can get a new car every few years, which means you won’t get bored of the vehicle you’re driving and you won’t have to pay for MOTs either.

 

Depreciation

When you buy a new car, it loses value the minute you drive out of the showroom with it as it is no longer new. This isn’t a problem with leasing; you don’t lose money on the vehicle’s value. You can just trade in your Ford Kuga for a BMW 3 Series at the end of the lease.

Top 5 ugliest cars

We are going to take a look at some of our least favourite looking cars; the ugly ducklings that we can only imagine were designed by drunkard in a room with no lights.

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Unfortunately we are not quite sure what happened to this poor Toyota, but everything looks out of proportion from the bonnet to the car’s boot leaving the Verso with the image of a dopey cartoon character.

 

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Ford Ka

The Ford Ka somehow became popular after its release in 1996, which is surprising as it is essentially a hard-boiled egg on wheels.

 

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Chrysler PT Cruiser

If death drove a car, it would be the Chrysler PT Cruiser; it looks like the result of a massive road accident between a funeral procession and a black taxi.

 

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SsangYong Rodius

As long as you have eyes that work, we are sure that you don’t need any further explanation as to why this car made the list. It is truly hideous.

 

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Fiat Multipla

Here is the Fiat Multipla, the car that looks like a prehistoric fish. We have heard stories of people taking the Multipla to servicing garages and never returning to collect it… It is that bad.