By covering such a broad price range, Land Rover has widened the Freelander’s target audience but also ended up taking on a huge variety of rivals, from vehicles such as a high spec Skoda Yeti and Kia Sportage right up to the BMW X3.
Against these rivals the equivalent Freelander's financial figures generally stack up, without delivering any outstanding reasons to buy it. Its running costs are reasonable and the residuals are strong - but they are never class leading.
If you stuck for which model to choose, we'd recommend the TD4 GS, which, if you can live with the relatively dour cabin, gets good equipment levels and still undercuts the equivalent BMW X3. Although it is slightly embarrassed by the BMW X3’s figures, the Freelander has respectable running costs for company car drivers.
The front-wheel drive Freelander makes a sound financial case for itself, but it has a fight on its hands to be an entirely logical purchase. A Volkswagen Tiguan at the same price eclipses the Freelander is most financial measurements.
If you want an automatic Freelander, you can have it as standard on the 187bhp version, or pay extra to have it on the 148bhp four-wheel-drive model.
Depreciation is good, but even here the Freelander fails to match the BMW X3.