Which used Land Rover Freelander 4x4 should I buy?
There’s a broad range of different Freelanders available used, with plenty of special editions toward the end of its life. However, the majority of cars for sale are either S, GS, SE, XS or range-topping HSE. S models are just a bit too bare inside for comfort, but GS versions are better, with cruise control, rear parking sensors and front foglights. SEs have heated seats, while XS models feature part-leather seats, electric adjustment for the driver and passenger and front parking sensors. Range-topping HSE Freelanders get full leather and sat-nav. We’d go for an XS, on balance, because you get plenty of equipment for not a lot of money.
Despite being four-wheel drive, the 2.2 TD4-e engine returns good fuel economy, especially in post-2010 models, which received a number of small mechanical tweaks to improve efficiency. Hence, it is a much better choice than the only petrol variant offered – a 3.2-litre engine - which is simply too thirsty.
Those seeking fractionally better economy should go for the front-wheel-drive eD4, which also features engine stop-start to save fuel in traffic, but it isn't as common.
Our favourite used Land Rover Freelander: 2.2 TD4-e XS Manual 4WD