The Most Disappointing Land Rovers of All Time

Few off-road badges mean as much as Land Rover.

Aside from the initial Willy’s Jeep, the Land Rover has conquered the impossible, been a lifesaver for agriculture and bridged the gap between a comfortable, dependable car on-road and a phenomenon off-road too, with older models lasting decades thanks to Land Rover engine rebuilds.

Unfortunately, not every vehicle with the iconic green badge can be gold, and as the marque passed through different owners from the mid-1980s up to their present ownership under Tata Motors, some of the attempts to expand and diversify the brand have led to some rather odd cars.

Some of these were interesting and notable successes in their own right, but others were either disappointing, underwhelming or outright bad. Here are the most disappointing Land Rovers ever to come off the assembly line.


Land Rover Freelander V6

For the most part, the compact crossover Land Rover Freelander was a gamble that paid off, as whilst it was one of the earliest compromised Land Rover models after the purchase by British Aerospace, it was still more capable than the competing Toyota RAV4 or Honda CRV.

However, the American-spec V6 model was plagued with reliability issues with almost every part being prone to breaking down. The computer systems at the heart of the Freelander’s off-road capability frequently glitched, the brake pads wore down quickly and the V6 engine was weak and prone to issues.

With that said, the diesel-powered Freelander was much more promising.


Range Rover Evoque Convertible Two Wheel Drive

The Range Rover Evoque had a noble intention behind its fundamental compromises; it was a two-wheel-drive Range Rover designed with fuel economy and style in mind at the expense of pure off-road capability.

The problem was that the systems were initially fairly unreliable, the convertible model had an uncomfortably high driving position and the urban fuel economy was a fairly poor 23.7mpg.


Land Rover Discovery Sport

The revised Freelander was eventually replaced by the Discovery Sport as a way to get away from the frequent cries of unreliability, replacing it instead with the successful Discovery line.

The issue with the Disco Sport, initially, was that whilst advertised as a budget, affordable Land Rover in the same way the Freelander was, it was too expensive given the compromises to make it worth the price compared to buying a full-sized Discovery.

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