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Granted heritage sta­tus from Land Rover ear­lier this year, the Freelander I ap­pears to have the Mar­mite ef­fect among mod­ern clas­sic en­thu­si­asts. Some claim that K-se­ries petrol en­gines were de­signed by Satan and built poorly while oth­ers rant about how, due to a lack of a low-range gear­box, it’s not a proper Land Rover. How­ever, from vast ex­pe­ri­ence, while CCW can agree that a diesel en­gine is the only op­tion for your san­ity’s sake, the Freelander is in­deed wor­thy of the Green Oval. Be­sides get­ting you fur­ther into the wilder­ness than you would ever give it credit for, the first-gen­er­a­tion Freelander of­fers plucky charm in a retro body ooz­ing with 1990s mag­netism.

The three-door with a re­mov­able roof sec­tion makes for prac­ti­cal sum­mer fun, and per­fect for tak­ing dogs along for the ride. The in­te­rior’s also ca­pa­ble of tak­ing any abuse young fam­ily mem­bers can throw at it. When com­fort­ably watch­ing the scar­let sun­set over the hills in per­fect com­fort, you’ll know you made the right choice.


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