Freelander: big boot carries all

  • Massive boot size proves how useful it is with furniture move
  • Easy to fold rear seats creates large flat load area
  • Tall roof line allows for large bulky items without need to dismantle them

The Land Rover Freelander has been around in its current guise since 2006 so it is beginning to knock on a bit.

What’s more, a fresher, newer model with a more attractive and youthful look has stolen the headlines and seemingly sales from the Freelander.

However, no matter how bigger an impact the Range Rover Evoque has made the Freelander has quietly got on with being a popular buy in Land Rover’s line-up.  In 2012 it was the third best seller behind the Evoque and close behind the second placed Range Rover Sport.

One of the premium reasons is the car’s sheer practicality. Its 4x4 drive system helps with its ‘go anywhere’ image, and the Freelander is a seriously capable off-roader.

Practicality also applies to the Freelander’s boot and carrying capacity. While the Evoque has the looks its boot is not the most capacious or useful.

The Freelander boot is big, very big. At 755 litres it can accommodate a whole lot more than its rivals, and when it came to moving some household items the Freelander demonstrated just how useful it can be.

I had no problem loading a computer table, office chair, washing machine, large coffee table, lamp, two kitchen stools and a picture. To be honest I did think I would have to leave one item behind but I managed to find a gap for the picture in the end.

Yes, I had to fold the rear seats (a simply two-part job: lift up seat swabs, fold down seat backs) for a flat load area; yes, I had to use the front passenger seat to stow the office chair and no, I didn’t have to use a roof rack.

There really aren’t that many cars that can successfully pack that amount of sizeable furniture but the Freelander did. One of the key reasons is the height of the roofline, so carrying larger, bulky items means you don’t have to dismantle them.  

However, the boot has downsides. The plastic covering the wheel arches and side walls looks and feels cheap, the small hooks in the boot are small, and fiddly to hook carrier bags over and the 12v power point looks lost.

For a premium, mid-sized 4x4 I would expect better but there is no doubting how impressive the Freelander when it comes to sheer practicality.

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Land Rover Freelander 2013 boot shot

Tall roofline means furniture can fit without need to dismantle

 Land Rover Freelander side on

Yes, that is a washing machine plus two tables, a chair and two stools!

Land Rover Freelander 2013 boot interior

Boot plastics look cheap but hard wearing. Bag hook small and fiddly

Total mileage: 6,978 miles

Average mpg: 33.2mpg