Land Rover’s Freelander 2 has been given a five-star European new car assessment programme rating for adult passenger safety.
In the child protection category, the Freelander 2 received a four-star rating. The combination of these assessments gave the vehicle the highest points of any model in its category, making it the best in class for occupant safety.
Jonathan Mabey, Land Rover’s vehicle safety manager, said: "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."
There are a number of safety features in the Freelander 2, including advanced stability and traction aids and a new ‘gradient release’ system, which offers motorists greater control when driving on steep hills.
Electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and corner brake control all help avoid accidents, according to Land Rover, while the Freelander 2’s driving position offers improved visibility.
Front and rear crumple zones are built into the vehicle to absorb as much energy as possible in the event of a collision.
The sides of the 4×4 are reinforced with ultra-high strength steel door beams, while on the inside there are front seatbelts with dual pre-tensioners and seven airbags.