Land Rover

Freelander - Used

Car Review

Land Rover Freelander 2013, front, static
Land Rover Freelander 2013, side, static
Land Rover Freelander 2013, rear, static
Land Rover Freelander 2013, side, snow
Land Rover Freelander, Eastnor, instrument panel
Land Rover Freelander 2013, upright

ALTHOUGHthe chunky Land Rover Freelander went out of production in 2014, there are still plenty of good ones out there if you hanker after a solid dependable on or off-roader.

Although it retains all the off-road strengths of the marque, and in four wheel drive (4WD) form will go just about anywhere you care to point it, the on-road experience is much better than you might imagine.

This is a 4x4 with a premium feel that drives more like a car than many others and stands the test of time even up against some much later machinery.

The last series built up to 2014 was available in one five door bodystyle and with one refined 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine in either 150 or 190bhp power outputs.

For the first time, this Freelander was available with two-wheel-drice (2WD) and these models are designated eD4.

All wheel drive models with the same 150bhp engine are badged TD4 and the higher powered 190bhp versions are SD4.

The 2WD models come with a six-speed manual gearbox and this is also standard fitting on the TD4.

It's also available with a six-speed automatic and all SD4 models come with this as standard.

Performance is fair in them all but the automatic models are the pick of the crop and the SD4 accelerates from zero to 62 miles an hour in 9.5 seconds.

They have Land Rover's excellent stop start system, which saves fuel but never interferes with progress, and economy is reasonable, with the eD4 the pick of the bunch and capable of 47mpg.

The TD4 has an official average of around 42, while in the SD4, this drops to 40.

As I mentioned above, the Freelander is great to drive on the road, with good grip and balance through the corners and body roll held safely in check.

The steering is well weighted and, while not the most informative, it's still better than some systems on the market in new 4x4s today.

The ride is supple and compliant, taking everything on rougher roads in its stride and also handling faster motorway journeys in comfort.

Models fitted with 4WD have a simple traction control system that can be adjusted to grass, snow or muddy ruts at the turn of a dial or the press of a switch.

It uses the car's electronic safety systems to make the best of all driving conditions and believe me I have driven them on the worst of terrain without any difficulty whatsoever.

The Freelander is well built and strong and this model has a good reputation for reliability.

The spacious interior has plenty of room for four, or five for shorter journeys and the boot, with a side opening tailgate, is vast.

Over the years, it outsold most other smaller SUVs and that means there are plenty to choose from. Only buy the best, with full service history.

There have been a myriad of special editions with added kit, but the mid-range GS comes with traction control, alloy wheels, parking sensors, cruise control, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, alarm system, audio remote control, heated electric mirrors and excellent seat and column adjustment.

Pay £8,800 for a '12 12-reg eD4 GS 2WD, or £14,300 for a '14 14-reg TD4 XS auto.


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