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The Land Rover Freelander enjoyed much success after first appearing in 1997. Here we're taking a look at the Freelander 2 (second generation) model, which came along in 2006, and ceased production in 2014. It has since been superseded by the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Whilst on sale, it was the entry-level Land Rover. It offered the textbook traits the brand is famous for, being great off-road and even offering front-wheel drive, the first Land Rover in history to do so.

Other reasons why a Freelander 2 may make a great used car purchase include:

  • Affordability
  • Great off-road capability
  • Two and four-wheel drive availability
  • Enhanced comfort

Engines and Driving Experience

Land Rover Freelander Off-Road

Like many SUVs of this era, the spread of engines were mainly diesel. The entry-level eD4 offered front-wheel drive and was the cheapest to run. But if you plan on taking your Freelander on the muddy stuff, the TD4 is perhaps the best bet. The sole 3.2-litre petrol offers the most poke and performance, but economy isn't great, and so best avoided if you want an efficient Freelander.

Each Freelander is fairly refined at speed and comfortable to drive. Naturally, the AWD models have the textbook Land Rover off-roading excellence, whilst the 2WD is best suited to on-road duties.

Diesel:

  • eD4 (2WD): 2.2-litre, 150bhp, 0 to 62mph in 11.7 seconds, circa 47.1mpg
  • TD4 (AWD): 2.2-litre, 150bhp, 0 to 62mph in 11.2 seconds, circa 45mpg
  • SD4: (AWD): 2.2-litre, 190bhp, 0 to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, circa 35mpg

Petrol:

  • i6 (AWD): 3.2-litre, 229bhp, 0 to 62mph in 8.4 seconds, circa 25mpg

Practicality and Running Costs

Land Rover Freelander Rear

Four adults should fit rather well in a Freelander with little fuss. There is plenty of head and legroom and lots of storage for general bits and bobs. With the growing competitive SUV market, some Freelander rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe offered seven seats. This was one of the reasons Land Rover discontinued the Freelander in 2014, introducing the Discovery Sport, which offered seven seats.

There are still other positives however, like a massive 755-litre boot, which increases to 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded.

As for running costs, the fact you can pick up Freelanders for well under £10,000 makes them an attractive proposition, considering their excellent off-road nature and quiet, refined character. Opt for a diesel engine and running costs should be reasonable. The 3.2-litre petrol engine will be much more pricey to run, however. Servicing shouldn't be too expensive if you manage to find a decent used example, and can be taken care of at any Evans Halshaw retailer.

Interior, Technology and Safety

Land Rover Freelander Interior

2014 was the final year for the Freelander, so interiors can look dated when compared to modern SUVs. However, the general appearance and quality is still as good as you would expect from a premium SUV.

The cabin is very comfortable and despite the somewhat bargain prices these SUVs can now be found at, the car does feel properly special. This is further confirmed by the low levels of tyre, wind and road noise when trundling along, or when cruising on a motorway.

Interior quality is great as a used vehicle, with only the infotainment screen and analogue instrument cluster ageing the cabin. We'd avoid entry-level examples if possible and try and find an XS trim, as this gives all the toys which improve and enhance the interior such as leather, climate control, cruise control and sat nav.

The Freelander is also safe, thanks to a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test score. Kit includes:

  • Dual front airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Electronic brake distribution

Is the Land Rover Freelander right for me?

If you're after a cheap used Land Rover that offers plenty of space and practicality, and is also good off-road (when opting for the 4x4 version), then the Freelander shouldn't be overlooked.

If you require a modern alternative, then the Discovery Sport is the perfect successor with 7-seat availability and better tech, but it comes at a more expensive price.

The Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Santa Fe of the same era as the Freelander are strong rivals, both offering seven seats which the Freelander cannot offer. But the Freelander beats them both with a nicer interior and of course, the textbook off-road ability which the Nissan and Hyundai cannot match.

Why purchase a used Land Rover Freelander through Evans Halshaw?

At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.