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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5


4 out of 5 4.0

All models are equally happy in the country and around town. The 177 bhp 2.5 V6 is the performance choice with a 0-60 time of just over ten seconds, but it's thirsty, giving just 22.7 mpg on the Combined test. The four cylinder 1.8 is a lot less powerful (118 bhp), but offers greater economy and adequate performance figures. Diesels are particularly frugal for their class.

The modern BMW-sourced 2.0 Td4 is the best all-rounder, with a Combined fuel consumption figure of 37.2 mpg and petrol-like characteristics. The less refined 2.0 di was produced until 2000 and returns 36.2 mpg.


3 out of 5 3.0

Almost car-like to drive, Freelander makes it a credible day-to-day runabout. On normal roads it’s stable and doesn’t roll much, with a composed and well-controlled ride. The five-door can be awkward to park because its size and the high window lines hinder visibility. 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 4x4.

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5 3.0

High-up driving position gives a good view of the road. Some of the switches are placed in odd places and you may have to hunt around for some of the buttons. Some of the switchgear is very poorly placed and of variable quality and the driving position feels compromised for taller drivers


3 out of 5 3.0

Five-foor offers the most rear room and can seat three in the back, although legroom is limited. Good headroom, but the front seats feel short of both height and length.

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