What Car? says
For Smooth on the road, and accomplished on the rough stuff: the Freelander is refined and desirable.
Against Passenger and boot space isn't great. Running costs are high and there are long-term reliability questions.
Verdict Capable in the wilds as a Land Rover should be. Running costs are only for the brave.
Go for… 2.2 TD4
Avoid… 3.2i HSE
- 1. The Freelander's ride smoothes out all but the worst road surfaces, and there's plenty of grip through bends. Body lean is never excessive, either.
- 2. The 158bhp 2.2-litre diesel is a good option. It's a bit flat at lower revs, but has enough pull to feel frisky once it's on the move.
- 3. Road tax isn't cheap, with CO2 emissions of 194g/km for the diesel and 265g/km for the petrol. With road tax charges hitting vehicles that produce higher emissions, costs look set to keep rising.
- 4. Clutch and gearbox issues have been reported, with Freelanders towing caravans particularly at risk. However, most of these should have been fixed under warranty.
- 5. The Freelander 2 is a much better buy than the original model, and a diesel is the only sensible choice.