The Freelander looks a little pricey compared with some compact 4x4 rivals, but strong resale values mean you’ll get a large chunk of that outlay back when you sell it. To keep running costs in check, manual versions have a stop-start system that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Still, the fuel and tax costs aren't in the same league as the super-clean BMW X3's.
Land Rover Freelander 4x4 quality & reliability
Land Rover's reliability record leaves a lot to be desired; it got a below-average rating in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey. Perceived quality is more impressive, though: the dials and steering wheel are virtually identical to those in the Freelander's upmarket Discovery sister car, and the cabin materials look and feel similarly robust. Wipe-clean surfaces make it easy to live with, too.
Land Rover Freelander 4x4 safety & security
Safety equipment is comprehensive, with stability control and twin front, side and curtain airbags all fitted as standard. There's also an airbag under the steering column to protect the driver's knees in an accident. Deadlocks, marked parts, an integrated stereo and locking wheelnuts all help to deter thieves.