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For The Land Rover Defender's ability in the rough stuff is legendary, and the 2.2-litre diesel engine is doggedly strong.

Against On-road, the Defender has vague handling and a horrible ride. The driving position is cramped and the cabin is noisy.

Land Rover Defender 4x4
11 5stars

Off-road, very little can touch it. On-road, there's very little to recommend it. Unless you spend a lot of time out in the wilds, any number of more modern 4x4s make better buys than the Land Rover Defender.

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There are 11 Land Rover Defender versions available

4x4 90 2.2D Hard Top 3dr £23,100
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D Hard Top 5dr £25,010
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 90 2.2D Station Wagon 3dr £25,265
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 90 2.2D County Station Wagon 3dr £27,305
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D Station Wagon 5dr £27,620
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D Utility Wagon 5dr £27,620
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D County Station Wagon 5dr £29,550
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D County Utility Wagon 5dr £29,550
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 90 2.2D XS Station Wagon 3dr £30,505
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D XS Utility Wagon 5dr £32,405
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
4x4 110 2.2D XS Station Wagon 5dr £33,405
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There’s an almost bewildering choice of Land Rover Defenders, and when judged by the same standards as any conventional modern car, every one of them is complete rubbish. However, use the Defender to do the things for which it was designed– to be a rural working vehicle – and there’s still nothing better.

There’s just the one engine, a 2.2-litre diesel, but the bodystyles on offer include single-cab pick-ups, double-cab pick-ups with an extra row of seats, and hard tops. There’s also a choice of wheelbases (the length between the two axles). For ultimate ability off road, the 90 (for 90 inches) is the one to go for.The 130 is less wieldy but more spacious, with the 110 striking a balance somewhere in the middle.

We’d avoid base-spec models – there are more luxurious prison cells. The County has more kit and is easier to live with, although equipment levels are still less than generous. XS trim is much better, but comes with a very high price tag.

Reader test team says:

Land Rover Defender 4x4 90 2.2D Station Wagon 3dr

2012 Defender 90 TDCi 2.2 Station Wagon owned for 24 months. One word describes it - superb. The only caveat is that you really have to want to own…

Leslie Fornear

5 out of 5 stars

Land Rover Defender 4x4 90 Td5 County Pick Up 2dr

I've just recently bought a 63 reg Firenze red 110 XS Utility, and I have to say that I absolutely adore it. It's my first ever new vehicle and it has…

Clive Topliss

5 out of 5 stars

Land Rover Defender 4x4 110 2.2D XS Station Wagon 5dr

Well had her nearly a week now and have to say that we test drove the 2.4 but the 2.2 is much quieter and more refined. Around town the only issue is…

Martin Bailey-Dalton

5 out of 5 stars

Land Rover Defender 4x4 90 Td5 XS 3dr

I brought my Td5 in January 2011 purely for off road and overland trips. The one previous owner spent £000's on off road extra's e.g. winch, better…

Ian Moore

2 out of 5 stars
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