Land Rover Defender review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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Reinventing an automotive icon like the Land Rover Defender isn’t easy. It involves taking special care to pay respect to the original, without producing something overly clichéd, or even worse, parodied. 

It’s something that Land Rover thought long and hard about before reviving the Defender name tag. How do you create a product that proudly, not cynically, follows up on an icon long beloved by everyone from mountain rescue teams to urban hipsters? Well, according to Land Rover, the right approach is to “leave no room for criticism”. To make it more practical, more refined, and more capable off road than the car it replaces.

With off-road prowess in mind, the Defender is closely related to the current Land Rover Discovery, albeit with reinforced, longer-travel suspension and more ground clearance than its sister car, while things like the battery, electrics and spare wheel have been positioned to give better approach and departure angles for tackling tricky obstacles. And don’t worry if all this sounds intimidating; the Defender’s clever Terrain Response system optimises the car for different surfaces. This, along with a number of other high-tech assistance systems, should help make extreme off-roading feel like a stroll in the park. It comes in two body styles: the shorter 90, with three doors, and the longer 110, with five. 

Well, that's the theory, anyway. Over the next few pages we’ll tell you if the new Defender is capable of living up to its iconic nameplate and how it compares with rivals such as the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes G-Class and Toyota Land Cruiser. And, if we’re instrumental in you deciding which new SUV to buy, don't forget to check our New Car Buying pages for a hassle-free deal.

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