What's the used Land Rover Freelander like?
The second-generation Land Rover Freelander represented a big step up for the British commpany’s smallest product. With smarter looks inside and out, it could take on premium-badged opposition for the first time.
True, the interior plastics still don’t feel as classy as those in contemporary Audis and BMWs, but they’re closer than the original car’s are, and there’s good head and leg room in both the front and the rear. It’s just a shame that the Freelander’s boot is so small.
The driving position is good, placing you high and giving an excellent forward view. While there’s a lot of body lean in bends, the Freelander grips well and has a very comfortable ride.
As Land Rover was owned by Ford at the time, there are a number of Ford-sourced components and parts. The best of these is the 2.2-litre TD4 diesel engine, which produces 157bhp and gives the Freelander pretty good performance.
The second-generation Freelander also made a bit of history by becoming the first Land Rover product to be sold with front-wheel drive; that fuel-saving eD4 model was added to the range in 2008.