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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.
  • 110 2.4D XS Station Wagon 5dr

    John McCullough , Co. Antrim . Date: 06/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My car

    I purchased this car in July 2007, having ordered it in December 2006. My previous cars were Ford Escorts. I had been warned by a gentleman - who incidentally owns four of these vehicles - that the long wheelbase would take some getting used to.

    I am very pleased with this car: It's more wieldy than I expected; you quickly get used to the long wheelbase. The height makes for better, safer and more enjoyable driving. It cruises comfortably on the road or on a long, hard strand, where it easily drives through river estuaries. It has never lost traction on soft, desert-like sand or on mountain tracks made for tractors. I lost traction only once, on a muddy field, and only because I had neglected to engage the differential lock (I was so used to such good traction I forgot I had the facility; a tribute to the capability of the vehicle. Still, that was the only time I have ever needed to engage the differential lock.)

    The Land Rover Defender is built up to a standard rather than down to a price; lives depend on these vehicles. As a local farmer remarked to me, 'It doesn't get shorter in an accident!'.

    My mother (92) and aunt (90), frequently pleasure passengers, love it as much as I do, on road or off.

    I never want to drive an ordinary car again. If you are thinking of buying one DON'T HESITATE! I wish my first car had been a Land Rover Defender and I hadn't waited until I was 58 and retired to discover it.

  • 90 Td5 Hard Top 3dr

    CAROL GORDON , CLEVELAND . Date: 31/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just bought myself this model (W reg) in pillar box red. I am pretty smitten with the vehicle. Over the years I have owned several 4WDs, but living in the country and owning several dogs makes it difficult to keep interiors clean. It is liberating to own a vehicle with such a rudimentary design. No fussy cleaning-a sweep out now and again will do. The ride is firm and bouncy on the road, but it hugs the corners well and is capable of motorway speeds.I have towed a broken down vehicle with it, and its power was pretty impressive. Trips around town make her thirsty, but on the open road, she returns around 30 mpg. This vehicle is immense fun and because she looks like Postman Pat's van, I have posed Pat and Jess models in both rear quarter windows, much to the amusement of children!

  • 110 2.4D County Station Wagon 5dr

    Jonathan Turner Date: 04/01/2008
    • 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

    My car

    What can I say that the other reviewers haven't said?

    This latest incarnation of the Land Rover Defender is by far and away the best they have ever produced. It has lost none of its legendary off road ability, and thanks to the revised interior, steering geometry and suspension (yes, they have slightly changes the shock absorbers and springs) is a car that you can live for everyday use. They have even thoughtfully put in some fairly effective sound insulation!

    I use mine for the 50 mile round trip to work everyday along narrow country lanes and get an average of just over 28 mpg. With the new 6 speed gearbox motorway cruising at 70-80 mph is great (electronic speed limiter at 132kph or 82mph) and no different from a lot of other cars (over 30 mpg on long motorway journeys).

    Wouldn't change it for anything. Neither would the wife and daughter!

  • 90 2.4D County Station Wagon 3dr

    Paul Hodgson , Surrey . Date: 14/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Thought long and hard about buying one of these and now I have I only wish that I had done it ages ago. Mine is a 57 reg 90 County Station Wagon in metallic Stornoway grey and in a word it's great. I agree with a previous review which sais that this car will either suit your lifestyle or not. If you want loads of electric gizmos go elsewhere, if you want a solid, unpretentious go anywhere car with iconic good looks then look no further. Yes it's noisy, yes the steering can be a bit vague, yes they cost, relatively speaking, alot of money, yes they cost alot to service and run but I just cannot escape from the fact that I love it to death. I have a feeling that me and this Landy will become un-seperable and I can hasten to add readers that I do not belong to any Land Rover owners clubs, internet forums or wear Land Rover t-shirts and sweatshirts...ie not a Land Rover geek, so don't get me wrong....just go and buy one and start enjoying life again.....I did and am not looking back one bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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