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First drive: Land Rover Freelander 2 ED4 XS

Land Rover
BIK List Price
£28,385
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) BIK list price
BIK Percentage
24%
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) BIK Percent
CO2
158g/km
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) CO2
Combined MPG
47.1
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) MPG

Review

There has been a noticeable shift in buying habits in the compact SUV sector in recent years, and some of it has been driven by fleet policies.

Even user-choosers are restricted to vehicles with CO2 emission limits on some fleets, while some organisations have also taken four-wheel drive cars off choice lists.

Perhaps the most famous 4x4 brand has survived on its reputation for go-anywhere vehicles, and the decision to offer two-wheel drive was not taken lightly.

And so Land Rover launches ED4 versions of the Freelander, with power only being delivered to the front wheels. With 150bhp from its 2.2-litre engine, as well as a surprisingly hefty 309lb-ft of torque at 1,750rpm, the front-wheel drive Freelander is the most efficient production Land Rover to date.

CO2 emissions are 158g/km, while economy is 47.1mpg on the combined cycle, also helped by a stop-start system.

According to Land Rover’s head of corporate sales, Jon Wackett, the ED4 could put Land Rover back on many user-chooser lists, and he says his team has identified 400 organisations that had banned 4x4s and could now consider including the car.

On road, the Freelander impresses the more time you spend behind the wheel. Its engine is refined and the seats comfortable.

It is a necessary model for the company to ensure it retains a presence on fleets alongside other premium SUVs.

As most drivers never venture off-road, the lack of four-wheel drive will not be an issue.

Fuel costs
Slight improvement over four-wheel drive Freelander, but not as good as BMW is able to achieve for latest X3 with four-wheel drive.
CO2 emissions
Below increasingly important 160g/km writing down allowance threshold and although higher than best competition, tax is offset to a certain extend by extra features fitted as standard.
Residual values
Generally has been quite strong for Land Rover, but it remains to be seen how the used car market will take to the two-wheel drive model.
Running costs
Overall costs are modest for a Land Rover, and measures taken to reduce fuel consumption and emissions will open up the 2WD Freelander to fleets that exclude four-wheel drive models.
Driver appeal
Land Rover has strong brand image and appeals to drivers in that sense. The 2WD model is a decent performer on road and its ground clearance makes it surprisingly capable off road, too.
FN Verdict
The front-wheel drive Freelander has all of the strengths of the four-wheel drive model, but just lacks the ability to follow it everywhere off road. This will matter little to many customers. It will split those who need true off-road ability from those who just like the idea of having a Land Rover.
Top Speed
N/A
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Land Rover Freelander 2 (2011) Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,975
4 Year 80k : £7,575
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 45.93
4 Year 80k : 41.14

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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