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2005 Land Rover Freelander

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2005 Land Rover Freelander Review

A Land Rover for the average Joe.

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The Land Rover Freelander has a smaller engine that produces less horsepower and torque than the LR3 and the Range Rover models. The reduction in power has an adverse effect in the Freelander’s off-road performance, which is also not on par with the Land Rover LR3 and Range Rover models. However, the Freelander has excellent on-road handling compared to some of the competing SUVs, and is still capable of a good time off the road as well. As a compact SUV model, the cargo space is limited compared to full-size models, and some previous owners claim that the hard top is difficult to install. The Freelander may not have the power, luxury, or cargo space of the LR3 and Range Rover models, but it is more affordable than the full-size luxury sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market from the Land Rover brand.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door and four-door compact SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6 with double overhead cam
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with automanual and overdrive
Models: Land Rover Freelander SE, Land Rover Freelander SE3

What's New

In the 2005 version of the Land Rover Freelander, the SE3 model replaced the HSE model, or the two-door version of the Freelander. The SE model includes new power sunroof, new fog lights, and a full-size spare tire.


The 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE has skid plates, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a spare tire mounted on the lift gate. The Freelander SE has privacy glass to block outsiders from gaining visual access to the interior. The rear window has a rear defogger and a wiper that improves rear view visibility in adverse weather conditions. A roof rack mounted on the exterior allows for extra cargo, and the power glass sunroof helps keep the air moving on sunny days. Cargo tie-downs add to the cargo capacity if the roof rack is not sufficient. The SE3 model has some extra features that include a manual glass rear sunroof for the rear passengers and a removable hardtop for when the two sunroofs do not seem to supply enough ventilation. The SE3 model also has 17-inch wheels instead of 16-inch wheels, and comes with a matching wheel and full-size spare tire.


The seats and power features listed are the same on both the SE and SE3 models. The rear legroom is about five inches less than the front legroom and may seem small to taller passengers seated in the back. The driver’s seat has manually-adjustable lumbar support that helps the driver stay comfortable during long drives. The front seats are bucket-style with suede and leather upholstery, as are the rear seats, giving the interior a touch of luxury and style. The rear seats have split folding seat backs and center armrests. The power features include heated power mirrors and remote power door locks, but only one one-touch power window. Cruise controls are located on the steering wheel on both models. Audio controls are also found on the steering wheel. Both models have three 12-volt outlets and tilt steering wheels trimmed with leather. The SE3 also has leather trim on the shift knob. The air conditioning system in both models is supplemented with an air filtration system to reduce interior dust. The SE’s audio system is an 80-watt system with eight speakers and a single disc CD player, while the SE3 features a 240-watt system with a six-disc CD changer, nine speakers, and a subwoofer. In the Freelander SE3, the audio system’s speakers are Harman/Kardon premium speakers.

Performance & Handling

The 2.5-liter V-6 produces 173 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque to the five-speed transmission, but no low range gears are available on the Freelander. The transmission does have a sport mode and manual shifting capabilities. The Freelander comes standard with all-wheel drive. Performance is satisfactory, but acceleration with the not-so-powerful V-6 engine is not very impressive. The automatic shifting is noticeable, but the manual shifting is handy when having fun off the road. The handling is reasonable and more sensitive than other Land Rovers.


Dual front head airbags are installed, but side-impact airbags are not. The rear passengers are also not protected with airbags. The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) uses front-ventilated disc brakes, and the rear brakes are drum brakes. Electronic brake force distribution and traction control assist the ABS in ensuring that braking and traction maintain stability.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Freelander SE: 18/21 mpg city/highway
Land Rover Freelander SE3: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lower price than other Land Rover SUVs
  • Slightly more efficient fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Lack of sufficient safety features
  • Less powerful than competitors

Sum Up

A Land Rover for the average Joe.

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