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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.
The trimSee full equipment
Adds body-coloured lower plastic cladding to the exterior, 20in diamond-turned alloy wheels, 12-way heated and cooled front seats, wireless phone-charging, a Meridian stereo, a Clear Sight rear-view mirror, a panoramic roof, matrix LED headlights and metallic paint. It's limited to D250, P400 and P400e plug-in hybrid engines.
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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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