The Freelander is now into its 16th year of existence, with the present Freelander 2 having been initially launched in 2006. Land Rover have always been famous for four wheel drive vehicles, ever since the early days of the Defender. Early versions of the Mark 1 Freelander had petrol engines provided by Rover , and these versions had reliability issues , so many people chose the BMW M47 engine, badged as the TD4. The first generation car was used in the Camel trophy and the G4 Challenge, and featured the new Hill Descent System, which was a combination of ABS and traction control systems used in off-road situations.
The Freelander 2 was launched at the British Motor Show in 2006 and is manufactured at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, and has a version of the Terrain Response system that is fitted to its bigger brothers in the LR range. With a much fresher appearance, sales of the LR2 were brisk, and its continued popularity in the use car market means that residual values were and are stronger than the original version.
There is even a two-wheel drive version now, the eD4, which doesn't feature the Terrain Response and Hill Descent features, but has improved MPG. Many of the Freelander's competitors offer the same 2WD configuration on their base models, as SUV's continue to replace hatchbacks as the fashionable choice for family transport.
All in all the Freelander is an excellent used 4x4, with good boot space, decent economy and good looks in abundance., without the limited space of its sibling the Evoque.