Land Rover Defender

4/5
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Verdict

With a heritage steeped in the land Rover capabilities. The raw practicality and timeless design of the Defender are the foundations on which a global automotive power house was built. Sadly, these cars are out of production since 2016, however, some are still available as new in certain markets.

Performance

The legendary Land Rover Defender is available in three guises. These are Hard Top (commercial), Station Wagon or Double Cab Chassis. There are three body styles. 90, 110 & 130 (the distance between front & rear axles), all of which get the same 3.0 four cylinder diesel engine with 125bhp mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine model is dated and for that reason, it is noisy, rattly and lacking in efficiency. The Defender is also built with the ultimate in off-road pedigree. The pay-off of which is an uncomfortable ride in a Passenger 4x4 that is basically a very desirable agricultural machine. It’s an anomaly in itself.

Ride & Handling

As you may gather from its performance recommendation above, the Defender does not score very well when it comes to on-road performance. Its ride is bouncy at the best of times while its standard World War II level of interior kit don’t help these refinements issues. But where it does perform is off-road. It is simply spectacular in these conditions and will and can do anything you ask of it. It gets off-road tyres as standard with superb levels of grip in wet muddy conditions that will take you up and down wet, rocky 45 degree inclines and declines all day thanks to its solid chassis and huge ground clearance.

Refinement

There is only one trim level choice with the Defender with an emphasis put on the suspension and driving dynamics of the 4x4. There are also more exterior trim additions than there are interior. While you get things like rear mud flaps, tinted windows and 16 inch alloys with Michelin ‘latitude Cross’ tyres, specification is kept very much to a minimum with the interior featuring just ‘Twill Vinyl Seats’ and ‘Rubber Floor Trim’. In terms of driver aids, there are none. 4x4 machines do not come much rawer than the Land Rover Defender.

Quality & Reliability

While the Defender is an incredibly solid car, there are no luxuries with the Land Rover. The dashboard is as rugged as you can get with a basic flat design with chunky robust switchgear. It is very much lacking any sort of flair or even quality to be honest. If you like basic and retro in your 4x4, look no further.

Safety & Security

On road safety technology is virtually non-existent in the Land Rover Defender. The only safety feature it an engine immobiliser. There is electronic stability control, dynamic stability control and anti-lock brakes which is good news for those that plan to use it mostly on the road.

Space & Practicality

Depending on the body style or model that you go for, there are varying levels of space and practicality with the Defender. The Defender’s stripped out nature lends to its practical workhorse side. It may be rough and ready but it equipped to get you out of the best and worst situations. It is narrower than you would think however making it quite difficult to get comfortable in, but it does come with seven seats. Boot space is vast even if you go for the smallest Hard Top 90 model. Because of its versatility and varying models, we are lacking exact boot space capacity.

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Key Facts

New Price
€33,070
Make

Land Rover

Model
Defender
Variant
Defender 90 Hard Top
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
2.2
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€310
Tax Band
Commercial
Average L/100km
10.0
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range (km)
600
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
266
Emission Standard EU
EU5

Performance

Driven Wheels
4x4
Brake Horsepower
122
Top Speed
145 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
15.8
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
2
Boot capacity (L)
719
Tyre Size Front
235/85R16
Tyre Size Back
235/85R16

Safety

Isofix
No