Land Rover’s most popular UK model is also the best value 4×4 in 2011, according to consumer website Parkers’ New Car Awards.
The website described the Land rover as the 4×4 to ‘make your cash go further’, citing lower than ever fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and strong residual values as the reasons for its success.
In particular, the Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2-litre TD4 ‘S’ was pinpointed by judges as the best-performing model.
Kieren Puffett, Editor of Parkers said: “The Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 ‘S’ won the Parkers’ New Car Awards 2011 4×4 category because the Freelander has genuine off-road capability, has an up market feel, high build quality and a roomy interior.”
The 2.2 TD4 S model delivers CO2 emissions low enough to qualify it for just £40 per year road tax and fuel consumption is an impressive 45mpg.
Colin Green, Land Rover managing director added:”We are pleased that the Freelander 2 has won the Parkers’ New Car Award. This latest accolade not only recognises Land Rover’s renowned all round capability but also the outstanding value and excellent cost of ownership offered by the Freelander 2.”
The award is also a triumph for British workers. The Freelander 2 is currently built at the Halewood plant on Merseyside alongside the newest Land Rover, the Range Rover Evoque.
Land Rover Freelander 2 prices start from £22,745 on-the-road for the TD4 ‘S’ model. However, earlier this year an even more frugal version, the two-wheel drive eD4, was released by Land Rover.
Prices for the first ever two-wheel drive Land Rover start from £22,000, while fuel consumption is boosted to 47.2mpg and CO2 emissions are a record-low 158g/km for the British-based brand.