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Used Land Rover Freelander 2 review: 2007-2014

EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith road tests and reviews the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Land Rover Freelander 2 as a used buy.

Graham Smith road tests and reviews the 2007-2014 Land Rover Freelander 2 as a used buy.

The second iteration of the Freelander put back some of the off-road cred

New

The Land Rover badge creates the expectation of a vehicle that can go anywhere but the first Freelander failed to measure up. Panned for lacking off-road ability, it was underpowered and generally underwhelming.

Land Rover's recovery vehicle was the Freelander 2, equally compact but completely new from the ground up — pretty much nothing carried over from the earlier model.

It looked neat and tidy with a familiarity of shape and line that recalled its larger sibling, the much loved Range Rover.

On the road the Freelander 2 was refined and comfortable, handled dirt roads with aplomb.

Its increased dimensions all-round mostly meant a roomier cabin that was more comfortable and had more legroom. There was also a little more boot space.

The five-seat wagon came in SE and HSE versions and there was an XS version from 2011.

The original six-cylinder engine was later replaced by a 2.0-litre turbo and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel in two levels of tune

With 171kW on tap, the Volvo-built petrol six was a strong performer, while returning a reasonable 11.2L/100km. Most buyers went for the diesel, with its appealing blend of torque and thrift.

At the beginning, the Freelander 2 used only a six-speed automatic with sports shift. A six-speed manual was added in 2011.

The Freelander 2's all-wheel drive sent power to the front wheels under most circumstances. Detecting a loss of drive, it automatically sent the urge rearward.

On the road the Freelander 2 was refined and comfortable, handled dirt roads with aplomb and, with the support of its electronic aids, it was quite at home off-road providing the going wasn't too challenging.

The owners of the Freelander 2 we surveyed were overwhelmingly supportive of their cars.

An update in 2011 expanded the range, adding the SD4 and the punchier diesel.

In a subsequent update in 2013 the six-cylinder petrol engine was dropped and Land Rover added the 2.0-litre turbo four, which delivered better performance and improved fuel economy.

Now

The owners of the Freelander 2 we surveyed were overwhelmingly supportive of their cars. Virtually none reported any problems in their time of ownership and most would be happy to recommend one to friends.

A couple of them would have liked a bigger boot, though this was more a comment than a criticism. Most praised its comfort and refinement and were happy with the economy.

From a reliability point of view that means the Freelander 2 can be bought with some confidence you'll avoid a lemon.

Check for a service record to be confident the car you've chosen has been well looked after.

Check for the signs of off-road use. It may be a Land Rover and have a level of off-road ability but the Freelander 2 wasn't designed as a rough-tough off-roader. Some owners might have tested the limits of its capabilities and taken it where it wasn't meant to go, so look for damage underneath.

Also check for a service record to be confident the car you've chosen has been well looked after.

There was a recall for the sunroof, which could become detached if the guide rails failed.

Another in 2008 related to a potential short circuit in the electric booster heater that could cause a fire. In 2013 there was a recall for a potential fuel leak with diesel models that could cause a fire. Check the remedial work has been done.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2014 $20,680 $42,350
2013 $19,030 $36,630
2012 $14,630 $33,880
2011 $13,530 $30,800
2010 $12,210 $21,780
2009 $10,890 $19,360
2008 $9,680 $16,610
2007 $8,250 $13,750

View all Land Rover Freelander 2 pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$10,245
Based on 12 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$6,900
Highest Price
$12,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
HSE (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $9,500 – 12,990 2007 Land Rover Freelander 2 2007 HSE (4x4) Pricing and Specs
SE (4x4) 3.2L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $6,900 – 10,990 2007 Land Rover Freelander 2 2007 SE (4x4) Pricing and Specs
SE TD4 (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $10,010 – 13,750 2007 Land Rover Freelander 2 2007 SE TD4 (4x4) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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