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 have dropped down to £25,000 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 £14,000.
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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.