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Land Rover Freelander Review

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Land Rover Freelander Road Test (2005)

The Freelander doesn't have the best reputation for build quality or reliability.

10 February 2005 Melanie Carter
Build Quality

The Freelander doesn't have the best reputation for build quality or reliability. The owner of one of the Hotels we stayed in owned a 2002 model Freelander; it had broken down twice, the first time with a gearbox failure and the second with a clutch problem. We asked what she thought of her car, and she said that even though it had let her down (once in the middle of Kensington rush hour) she would buy another one without hesitation.

We did not see any evidence of build quality issues or suffer any problems during our week with the Freelander and there is no doubt that build quality has vastly improved over previous models.

Value For Money

The Land Rover Freelander SE 2.0 TD4 is very good value for money at £22,630 and offers a high level of standard equipment at a very competitive price. All Freelander models hold their value well on the used market but the TD4 diesel models are the most desirable.

Conclusion

The face lifted model is a vast improvement over previous models - the Freelander has been with us since 1997 and nearly eight years on we feel it is now time for an all new Freelander. There is no doubt that this model still cuts the mustard with the competition off-road and the engine is a peach.

However, with competition in the form of the BMW X3, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-TRAIL and Toyota RAV4 - Land Rover are going to have to move forward in both the on-road and safety stakes to compete. As an alternative to the Freelander we would recommend the Nissan X-TRAIL which is better to drive on-road and capable off-road.

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Land Rover Freelander Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Freelander SE
  
Body Type4x4
ColourMaya Gold - Clear Over Base Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph13.2 Seconds
Top Speed 102 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban31 mpg
Extra Urban42.2 mpg
Combined37.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating3
Warranty3-year/unlimited mileage warranty
Price (when tested on the 10/02/05)£22,630.00 OTR

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