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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 Td5 County Hard Top 5dr

    Alan Flower Date: 02/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've not been disappointed. In fact, I would say I am delighted. I adore this car. I've got a 110 hard-top in County trim. It's a very basic car and that is part of its charm. There is absolutely nothing superflous in or on this car.

    It is totally classless and doesn't reveal anything about its owner. People leave me alone, let me in at junctions, I can park it without concern and I simply don't get the hassle from other drivers that I've had with previous cars. I've adopted a 'whatever' 'approach to driving - it doesn't reward hard or fast driving, so I just amble along enjoying the view.

    It really earns its keep. I load it with everything imaginable. Best of all, I simply don't have to worry about getting it dirty - we chuck everything and anything in the back and it is simple to clean out again. I filled it with trees and shrubs this week - every square inch of it. I absolutely covered the inside with mud. Ten minutes with a broom and hose had it as good as new!

    There is a downside, though - long trips are hard work. I've driven 1000 miles this week and it shows. Once over 65mph, it is very noisy and harsh. Trying to listen to the radio whilst driving at 80mph is pointless - in fact, at that speed you won't be able to hear anything! I try to allow an extra 15 minutes to my trips and simply cruise at 65mph on the motorway.

  • 90 Td5 Hard Top 3dr

    paul bane , south gloucester . Date: 07/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My car

    I have the Black Hard Top edition ,this comes with all the factory fitted extras so it is more practical for me. A turbo chip gives it extra power & torgue. Frost & ice goes within seconds with the heated screens & heated seats for that extra treat. Driving a defender keeps me alert, hearing the tones of the engine, the slight roll when the handbrakes applied keeps the interest going. Pulling away & hitting 70mph is no effort, & what a view.

  • 110 Td5 Pick Up Double Cab 5dr

    Hugh Grehan , Cornwall . Date: 31/10/2006
    • 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

    I bought my Defender a couple of years ago - never had any problems.

    On the road it is fun to drive as long as you're not in a hurry - keeps you well occupied adjusting the steering to keep going in a straight line... The ride is firm and bouncy, but comfortable and entertaining. TD5 engine has plenty of power and torque once it is spinning, however it does not have much just above tickover so it is possible to do an embarrasing stall!

    Running costs have been excellent although if driven above 55mph for long periods it does have a thirst but really very good for a true 4 x 4 - average is around 30mpg.

    Cabin is excellent and very different to anything else I've experienced - mine is the basic version without a radio or anything else which is the way I like it - prefer to concentrate on the driving and the lovely beat from the 5 pot diesel - if you don't want a real driving experience buy a VW Golf.

    Overall this is the best vehicle I've owned - hope the new model lives up to this.

  • 90 Td5 County Station Wagon 3dr

    John Wilson , Inverness shire . Date: 25/09/2006
    • 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

    This is my fourth short wheel base Landrover and fifth Landrover product, having previuoisly owned an 88 inch diesel, two 200Tdi models, an automatic Discovery 300Tdi and now the Td5. I have liked them all despite their idiosyncracies but this is just the best. It leaks a bit round the door seals like all Defenders seem to do. It has a lot of frightening electrics under the driver's seat such as ABS and ETC but so far none of them has developed a fault. I bought it at 3 years old some two years ago. It drives beautifully. it has loads of power.It is footsure and I feel confident throwing it into bends on Highland roads. I need a totally reliable car for my job and so far none of the latter 3 cars has let me down. Servicing costs are modest for such a big vehicle. I was recently amazed when driving to England I drove 402.7 miles before getting the reserve fuel light. Did it really do about 40 mpg cruising at 65 to 70 mph? My advice to anyone is buy one and you will never want another car. My advice to Ford is do not change a proven formula. I was recently considering "downsizing" my car but I cannot bear to part with the Td5 Defender.

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