What used Land Rover Freelander 4x4 will I get for my budget?
The cheapest second-generation Freelanders have now fallen to under £3000, so if you can find one for that sort of money that's been well cared for and fully serviced, it could be something of a bargain.
Later examples tend to be more expensive, though, because the Land Rover badge still carries significant appeal and helps keep prices relatively high. Late 2014 examples are the most expensive and have dropped down to around £22,000 now, but perhaps a more sensible option would be a post-facelift Freelander from 2012, because they can be picked up for much less. A well-specified XS model with 55,000 miles starts at roughly £12,000.
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How much does it cost to run a Land Rover Freelander 4x4?
Land Rover servicing is generally reasonable, with an interim service costing no more than £400, but there’s a big, 10-year service to consider that covers the timing belt, as well as all of the fluids for the engine, gearbox and four-wheel drive system. This can run to more than £1000.
Depending on the model, you can also end up spending a lot on fuel. Post-2010 cars are generally more frugal than earlier ones, especially the front-wheel-drive Freelander with the slightly detuned diesel engine; it has official average economy of 47.2mpg and £195 road tax. However, four-wheel-drive models aren't so frugal: the early 2.2 diesel should get 37.7mpg and costs £290 in tax, but later models with stop-start (badged TD4-e) are cleaner at 41.3mpg and cost £250 a year to run.
An automatic gearbox can raise CO2 emissions figures considerably, so check before you buy.
The 3.2-litre petrol engine is best avoided. While it’s smooth, you’ll get 25mpg out of it at best and it’ll set you back a whopping £555 per year in tax.