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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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30 reader reviews for Land Rover Defender 4x4.
  • 90 2.2D Station Wagon 3dr

    Leslie Fornear , Orkney . Date: 02/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28.2

    My car

    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 one of these - you don't have to be a farmer, or to take it off road, but you do have to want to have one on your drive. I thought long and hard before I parted with my cash but I haven't regretted it at all. I bought it because of it's longevity (if looked after) as I was tired of paying out for a new car every seven years or so. Now after 24 months and 24000 miles I can report the following: Fuel consumption - I was a bit scared of this one, so I monitored this very carefully when I took ownership. I don't drive fast, but the first tankful went through at an amazing 39, since it has settled down to an average of 34 and there's no way I can get it below 30, even towing a trailer. Comfort - Fine, no problems. I've had a couple of 400 mile + days in it and got out a fresh as when I got in - as good as some cars I've had. Reliability - fine, no problems again. Nothing's gone wrong, I got the 'basic' (read 'sensible') model, with no modern 'frills' - No ABS, no airbags, no electric windows, no EBD, and it's all the better for that - no annoying radio either! Leaks - well, just a little, into the footwell. Mind you I've owned a Toyota, Citroen and a Mazda and they've all leaked - it seems to be a modern car curse. It may not be the best 4x4 out there, it just feels like it! And that's all that matters.

  • 90 Td5 County Pick Up 2dr

    Clive Topliss , Kent . Date: 10/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    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 more than met my expectations. I'm amazed by the yawning chasm between the Whatcar review and the reviews given by real owners. It's a very honest vehicle which makes no pretentions towards being a luxury SUV or a tireless motorway muncher. It's a rugged off roader with fabulous character and is very good looking to boot. I've tweaked mine ever so slightly to make the on road manners slightly more civilised. I may have affected its off road capability slightly but it'll still run circles round an X5 or any other 4x4 costing twice the price. My only complaint is that from 13 reg onwards Land Rover decided on the top XS spec 110 utility to stop offering carpets. It does somewhat presume that everyone buying a utility is going to be throwing greasy machinery in the back and wearing muddy boots all day long. As a result I've decided to remove the rubber linings, add some much needed soundproofing and then top it off with some quality custom carpetting. I will agree with everyone that the turning circle is terrible but mine is virtually too high for multi storey car parks anyway so it's not a problem I'll ever have to worry about. I'm looking forward to many years of fun motoring and just don't care about the mpg. You can't expect too much efficiency from something shaped like a brick afterall, albeit a very good looking one!!

  • 110 2.2D XS Station Wagon 5dr

    Martin Bailey-Dalton , East Riding of Yorkshire . Date: 31/01/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22.5

    My car

    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 the appalling turning circle. We'll be towing the caravan at half term so hopefully all will go well. The Children can't get enough going out in it as every journey even just to brownies is an adventure. They also love climbing up the ladder onto the roof rack. No idea how bad the mpg is because won't think about working it out until we've done a few thousand miles. will update when we've done more than a couple of hundred miles but so far it's terrific fun!!!

  • 90 Td5 XS 3dr

    Ian Moore , Surrey . Date: 21/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      24.5

    My car

    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 suspension, re-mapped ECU and tuned exhaust, BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres etc. the list is endless so thank you Lee in Essex. It's ok on the tarmac, even with the Mud Terrain tyres the ride is ok, bouncy but I didn't expect anything different. Doesn't corner badly though. Quite a surprise. There is no way I would want one as my everyday transport. The build quality is appalling worse than I expected and Land Rover should be ashamed to put their name to such a noisy, rattly,overpriced rot box as the Defender. A previous reviewer noted "it does what it says on the tin." I assume his tin hasn't turned to rust like the bottom of my doors. Who in their right mind puts untreated aluminium and steel together? Oh Land Rover do. Nothing comes near it off road though, it is truly stunning in the rough stuff. How do people get 30 mpg out of theirs? I know my tyres aren't exactly helping but 24-25 mpg is tops for mine. Oh and I no longer have a social life at weekends as I spend them trying to keep this 7 year old, hugely expensive rust bucket together

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