“No other compact 4×4 has anything like its total breadth of capability,” said Phil Popham, Land Rover’s managing director at the Freelander 2 launch in 2006 “The Freelander 2 sets new standards in the sector, combining the advantages of a premium car ‘ such as polished ride, accomplished performance, attractive cabin and ease-of-use ‘ with the attributes of a robust 4×4, including go-anywhere ability, toughness, panoramic seating, cabin versatility and spaciousness. We believe that no other compact 4×4 gets closer to blending these best-of-both-worlds abilities.”
What Car? Gives the Freelander 2 4 out of 5 in its review praising it for its smooth ride and great driving position. It also claims it is highly competent off-road with a desirable image which “keeps resale values strong”. On the downside What Car? Believes the model to be expensive, lacking in legroom with a cluttered dashboard.
The Freelander 2 is only available in the UK with a choice of Diesel engines. It originally launched with a 3.2 litre petrol engined variant but this was phased out in 2008 due to its lack of popularity.
In the UK there are 15 variations to choose from ranging from the 2.2 eD4 S 6 speed manual at £21,995.00 OTR to the SD4 HSE 6 Speed Auto at £36,245.00 (see full price list below).
|Freelander 2||List price||CO2 Offset||VAT||OTR price|
|eD4 150HP 6 Speed Manual|
|TD4 150HP 6 Speed Manual|
|TD4 150HP 6 Speed Auto|
|SD4 190HP 6 Speed Auto|
So what does the trade think?
The latest version of the Freelander is by far and away the most popular model to date. The trade got excited about it almost immediately and well before they started to be sold in large numbers Land Rover realised they had found a winning formula.
In the early days of 2007 Freelander’s were achieving something the trade would have previously thought impossible; they were being sold for more than list in some cases and in all models the residuals held up. They have continued to sell well for franchised and specialist 4wd dealers and more than hold their own in the ‘soft roader’ section where they feel more like a proper 4wd than some competitors.
The model of course is very spec sensitive and the best examples are the HSE with the auto box which is a highly specced car which appeals to the trade and is a guaranteed profit generator if bought right.
Apart from the usual electrical malfunctions they seem pretty reliable according to our sources and most dealer forecourts are happy to offer a selection.
It is always best to buy one with a bit of manufacturer warranty so perhaps an 08 TD4 2.2 HSE auto would be the one to go for and should come for around £25k with about 30k on the clock.
Most dealers will always be looking to acquire models like this as they are not as seasonal as many competitors having been established for much longer.
As a result they are not generally hit by sudden depreciation over a shot term and the Freelander 2 always proves to be a quick seller.