This LRO reader emailed LRO.email@example.com to ask Andrew Varrall about a suitable Land Rover for driving his 92-year-old mother around with.
I have a TDCi Defender, but now need another vehicle as well. My 92-year-old mother is coming to live with us, so I need a car that she can get in and out of easily. My access is 300 yards down a 4x4- only track, so I need something capable. Can a Freelander 2 be given more ground clearance with a lift kit, or should I buy a Range Rover L322. My budget is £13,000.
Gary Jackson, Richmond, North Yorks
Yes, it is possible to give the Freelander 2 a two-inch lift but there are disadvantages to taking this route over the L322 Range Rover. The lift kit will improve ground clearance but will also make the car so much higher for getting into and the lift will be at the expense of roadholding and some ride comfort.
The L322 is incredibly comfortable and, with the air suspension, can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button. Given your very particular needs, I would certainly choose the Range Rover – your budget should secure you a very nice, well looked-after example.
This workshop advice appeared in the August 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.