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The Land Rover Defender is a rugged SUV that fuses fantastic off-road ability (especially if you add the optional locking rear differential) with decent on-road manners. If that's the blend of abilities you're after, it's effectively in a class of one. But the Jeep Wrangler is even better in the rough stuff, while premium SUVs, including the Audi Q5 and Q7, are more comfortable. With its bigger boot, the 110 will make the most sense for many, but the 90 is usefully more compact and better off road.
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SE gives you luxuries such as 20in wheels, the Clear Sight rear-view mirror (see the visibility section), an electric steering column, 12-way electric front seats with memory, a Meridian sound system with a subwoofer, 10 speakers and 400 watts, keyless entry, front fog lights and Premium LED headlights with signature day-time running lights (the latter aping the look of the original Defender’s round lights). Blind-spot monitoring and a system to alert you of vehicles about to cross your path when reversing are also bundled in, and it has Isofix mounts on the front passenger seat.
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We think this mid-range, 246bhp, straight-six diesel D250 is the pick. It has more than enough low-down pull for effortless in-gear acceleration (on or off road) and it'll do 0-62mph in as little as 8.0sec, depending on whether you go for the 90 or the 110. It's also pretty smooth and quiet and comes with an excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox. The downsides are 25-30mpg in the real world and the top-rate company car tax band.
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