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Land Rover Freelander Hardback engines, drive and performance

1997 - 2003 (change model)
Performance rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

All Freelander models are excellent on the motorway and in town; V6 is the performance choice, but the Td4 is the better overall package; Hill Descent Control makes up for lack of dual-ratio gearbox. Both the V6 and Td4 are very smooth and refined; Td4 offers economy, though, and commands the highest prices on the used market.

In three-door form, Freelander makes a nimble, credible day-to-day runabout. It’s stable on normal roads and it doesn’t roll much, with a composed and well-controlled ride. Off-road performance upholds Land Rover family expectations; it doesn’t disappoint under most conditions, though there’s no dual-ratio gearbox (the Hill Descent Control system makes up for this) and ground clearance is quite low for a serious 4×4.