Land Rover Defender 2012-2016

Land Rover Defender 2012-2016 new car image

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.


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.


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


Land Rover

Defender 90 Hard Top
Car Category
First year of model production
End of production
Engine (L)
Gearbox Type
6 Speed
Fuel type
Body Type
Price New
CBG Expert Rating

Running Costs

Average L/100 km
Average km/L
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Fuel Tank Range
600 km
Cost of filling a tank
Average Cost Per 200 km
CO2 emmissions
266 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU5 g/km


Brake Horsepower
122 bhp
Max Power kW
Displacement - CC (Engine)
Engine Cylinders
Driven Wheels
Top speed
145 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
15.8 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Boot capacity
719 L


All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
6 Year warranty
3 Year paint warranty
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Land Rover Defender was hugely capable off-road, but its dated design meant it trailed far behind modern 4x4s on the road.
Top Gear
The demise of the Land Rover Defender in February 2016 was a sad day for the landed British gentry, the armed forces, and the Red Cross. A vehicle that had once been their backbone had finally gone to the great garage in the sky.
What Car
The Land Rover Defender is a favourite among farmers and other countryside dwellers. Its road manners leave a lot to be desired, and its styling hasn't changed


Boot capacity
719 L
Tyre size front
235/85R16 mm
Tyre size back
235/85R16 mm

Technical Information

122 bhp