Land Rover Freelander Road Test (2005)
The Freelander doesn't have the best reputation for build quality or reliability.10 February 2005
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.
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.
Land Rover Freelander Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Freelander SE|
|Colour||Maya Gold - Clear Over Base Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||102 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||42.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||3|
|Warranty||3-year/unlimited mileage warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 10/02/05)||£22,630.00 OTR|