Alternatives

Used Land Rover Freelander 1997 - 2006 review

(1997 - 2006)
Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Land Rover Freelander 4x4?

The Honda CR-V was a constant thorn in the Freelander’s side, and continues to be so today. The first two generations of the CR-V (similar in looks but actually quite different vehicles) are both solid Freelander rivals with much better potential reliability, although you need to remember that there was no diesel option until well into the life of the second-generation CR-V.

The Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4 are also very capable alternatives, and again would generally be much more reliable than the Freelander, while the Suzuki Grand Vitara, although less refined on road, is able almost to match the Freelander’s abilities in the rough.

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Verdict

While it’s not the reliability quagmire that some tales would have you believe, the Land Rover Freelander does require some careful purchasing. Nonetheless, it’s still handsome, capable and desirable.

  • Stylish looks
  • Roomy interior
  • Decent off-road ability
  • Al fresco motoring on the three-door model
  • Badge appeal
  • Reliability and build quality issues
  • Thirsty compared with a modern SUV
  • Getting harder to find a good one now