Used Land Rover Freelander 2006-2014 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Alternatives

2006 - 2014 review
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Land Rover Freelander 4x4?

The premium SUV market expanded quickly during the Freelander’s time on sale, so there are many, many rivals.

The Volvo XC60 is a closely related one, being a car that dips into the same Ford family parts bin. It’s similarly roomy and looks more expensive inside and out, but it’s far less capable off road.

The Hyundai Santa Fe went on sale in its second-generation form in the same year that the Freelander 2 was launched, and while it lacks the premium badging, it’s still a fine car, well made and reliable, and with the bonus of seven seats.

Audi entered the market in 2009 with the Q5, which, while being more expensive than the Freelander, is generally a very fine car. Just choose carefully if you’re buying an early example, because these can have a stiffer gearbox and firmer ride.

You should also take a look at the BMW X3, because it's a little more practical than the Freelander, more efficient and faster, and it has a much nicer interior that comes complete with an excellent infotainment system.

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Overview

The second-generation Land Rover Freelander was a vast improvement on its predecessor, and still stacks up well against more modern opposition

  • Comfortable ride
  • Adept off road
  • Decent equipment on mid-range models
  • Sloppy in corners
  • Thirsty
  • Cheap-feeling interior plastics