2002 Land Rover Freelander

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2002 Land Rover Freelander 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2002-05 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Land Rover Freelander S 4-door 4wd

The Land Rover Freelander was introduced in the 2002 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the head moved toward the driver door, which had bent outward, and hit the side glass, which had lifted out of its channel. The head then hit the roof rail and upper window frame. The driver's seat also pitched forward and tipped against the B-pillar. Because of this and the upward movement of the steering wheel, the wheel finished too close to the dummy's chest.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position after the crash test indicates that the steering wheel moved upward and finished too close to the dummy's chest. This proximity was exacerbated by the forward pitching of the driver seat.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head twisted around and hit the side glass during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Measures on the left knee indicated the possibility of injury when the knee hit the instrument panel and steering column.

Side

Rating applies to 2002-05 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4-door 4wd without side airbags (not available)

The Land Rover Freelander was introduced in the 2002 model year.

Two tests of the Freelander were conducted. The injury and head protection ratings for the driver are based on just the second test. Measures taken from the driver in the first test were not used because of a dummy malfunction. Injury and head protection ratings for the rear-seat passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test, showing the driver dummy's head coming close to the intruding barrier.

Smeared greasepaint shows where rear passenger head hit the vehicle interior at the pillar behind the rear door.