The Land Rover Freelander 2 just keeps getting better as a second-hand buy. This is the third time it has been presented with the Best Compact SUV gong at our Used Car Awards, and it’s still the ultimate choice in this sector, with its classy interior, desirable badge and ability to mix off-road prowess with on-road refinement.
There is plenty of space inside, as well as the fine-quality fit and finish customers demand from the British manufacturer. Plus, the Freelander 2 is comfortable, and the high driving position lends itself to good forward visibility.
Residual values remain strong, which means it’s a safe place for you to put your cash. It’s far from the cheapest 4x4 on the market, though, so second-hand examples of the Land Rover don’t come cheap. But at least they should still hold some value when you have finished with them. Best of all, the reliability issues that dogged the first generation appear to be far less common on this version – it ranked a respectable 16th in this year’s Driver Power satisfaction survey.
Still, if you want ultimate peace of mind, consider a used approved model from a Land Rover dealer, as the company’s scheme offers longer cover than most. A 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol engine was available with early models, but it’s rare and thirsty. The 2.2 diesel unit is the sensible choice, not least because it returns 42.2mpg.
Driver Power 2011
What you said: “I’ve owned a Freelander 2 before with no problems, so I’ve just bought myself another. It really is the best 4x4 by far, and is utterly confidence-inspiring no matter the conditions.”
The Passat was heavily revised earlier this year, so previous-generation models are now cheap and abundant. Well built, durable and spacious, it’s as sound a used buy as ever, while the efficient TDI diesels are a great choice. A classy option if you want a saloon.
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Superb build quality, great engines and a classy cabin are where the Tiguan’s appeal lies. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines offer a fine blend of economy and performance, and it drives incredibly well. Desirable Volkswagen badge adds kerb appeal.