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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The range kicks off with the 1.8-litre, which feels lively enough but it isn't very frugal, while the 2.5 V6 is even heavier on fuel and, aside from refinement, it doesn't offer significant benefits over the smaller engine. The powerful V6 engine is capable of 113mph and has a 0-60mph time of 10.1 seconds, but it’s hampered by the automatic gearbox, which feels awkward and is too unresponsive.

The pick of the range is the 2.0-litre diesel, as it’s more economical and has better mid-range grunt. Freelander is OK in town and more than happy off-road, although it feels strained on the motorway.

With permanent four-wheel drive and a 40cm wading depth, Freelander is capable of dealing with the rough stuff, coping well with adverse conditions and rocky terrains. Bearing the Land Rover badge, it’s no surprise that it delivers the goods off-road, but most spend their lives in a suburban environment, where they deal with potholes just as effectively.

Freelander handles more like an off-roader than a car, as it can feel a little cumbersome on tight bends and body roll is also noticeable. The 11.6-metre turning circle highlights this problem and the Freelander is at its best off-road.