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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 SW 9 Seat 5dr

    Alastair Rosenschein Date: 06/05/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is not so much in a class of its own, as it actually defines the class of 4x4s. All the others are plastic mother's school run vehicles for people who want a larger version of their previous sardine can.

    The small brained tail-gaters cannot be seen hidden behind and consequently fail to irritate. The driver sits high, allowing him or her to look down upon other road users.

    With a usable top speed of 65mph (80mph if you want to push the earth’s atmosphere aside) it’s not a car for anyone in a hurry. There is loads of space for all your junk, seating for 9 people and 28mpg.

    Yes rain water comes in and pools in the wheel wells, but after all it is a farmer’s car. 2.5 l turbo diesel gives it great pulling power.

    Now for off road: unbeatable, I used to drive the pre-turbo models in the army 30 years ago and this one is better still. On a pebble beach it moves forward with ease where other 4x4s get stuck.

    Big moments of joy: I had the enormous pleasure of towing a Toyota Land cruiser out of the pebbles at Cooden beach last Summer. Range Rovers are for gamblers, Discoveries are for second hand car dealers, whilst Defenders are for farmers and the unpretentious.

  • 110 Td5 XS Station Wagon 5dr

    Gerald Taylor , Devon . Date: 24/04/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned Alfa Romeos, Audis, blah, blah, blah... but this is the best car I've ever had.

    It may be noisy, leaky, have no turning circle and a tendency to drift around corners, but I just smile every time I drive it. It is fantastic.

  • Tdi 90 County 3dr

    Paul Farrier , Devon . Date: 23/04/2006
    • 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

    The Land Rover Defender is a British Icon, the definitive off-road vehicle that transcends class.

    Recently the Defender was chosen by viewers of Top Gear as their 'greatest car of all time' and deservedly so.

    Of course there are more modern and refined vehicles out there that perform better on-road but if it is off-road ability and kudos that counts then the Defender is your vehicle and best of all its made in Britain!

    It's just a very very cool car.

  • Td5 110 Defender Black 5dr

    Alan Stringer , Devon . Date: 20/04/2006
    • 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

    My car

    This is an all time great car! Yes it’s comparatively expensive, but its hand made, will last as long as you want, has great residuals and is as individual as yourself!

    Asked once by a friend, a senior German BMW engineer, as he was inspecting the door shuts, “how can you accept the build quality” (myself also using an M3 at the time) I asked him about the real, not perceived, character of his BMW’s? He came some way towards agreeing that a mass produced car, whatever the quality, has limited character. Full marks here for the Defender! So, you forgive the foibles, NVH and the lack of some luxury and enjoy the car for its honesty and the warmth people convey.

    Why do I keep being drawn to the Defender, and thoroughly enjoy driving them 20,000miles PA when the company provides nice cars? Because I can convert the Defender to my dream specification, with a choice of thousands of specialist parts and accessories. I may even drive it around the World one day, should I ever make the opportunity!

    The whole point of the Defender is this total adaptability, the only other vehicle that is so versatile and unique is the Harley Davidson, and they too are timeless and will last forever, like the Harley, it may take time to add all the bits you may desire, but gradually you do! If all this makes no sense at all, stay away, only we will know what you are missing!

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