Land Rover has been building off-roaders for longer than almost anyone else and it shows. Few other 4x4s are as capable on or off road.

When the original Freelander arrived in 1997, it was one of the first off-roaders to manage this tricky balancing act, but the car was plagued by reliability issues. The Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and other Japanese rivals may have lacked the Freelander’s off-road prowess, but they didn’t break down. And with new models being launched all around it, the original Freelander was overtaken by fresher-faced 4x4s.

So this Freelander has a lot to live up to, and to live down.