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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 22 - 37 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Freelander holds its value well, but you'll need the diesel to enjoy good economy and the1.8 and V6 are downright thirsty. With fuel consumption figures of just 22mpg on the combined cycle, the 2.5-litre V6 petrol unit is particularly expensive to run, though fuel economy is improved on longer journeys than when edging through town traffic. Parts and servicing are reasonably affordable, as is insurance.

Freelander is quite a polluting model. With an average of 242 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite high for a small 4x4. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not very frugal, averaging 30 mpg.

Head gasket failure is common in 1.8 models, so try to avoid this engine of you can. Gladly, there are plenty of owners who enjoy trouble-free ownership but we do hear of continuing niggles, especially in early models. Before purchasing be sure to check for off-road abuse – a good rule of thumb to follow when purchasing any off-roader.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £330 - £565
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Insurance group 21 - 27
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