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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
This luxurious trim gets an opening canvas roof if you opt for a 90, or a sliding panoramic roof if you go for a 110. You also get diamond-turned alloy wheels, full leather seats with leather inserts on the dash and doors, cooled front seats with 14-way electric adjustment, plus you get the driver assist pack, which bundles in adaptive cruise control and other features. It’s not cheap, though.
The engineSee full engine specs
We think the D250 is the best engine when you balance costs but this D300 straight-six diesel has 296bhp and more than enough low-down pull for effortless in-gear acceleration (on or off-road). It'll do 0-62mph in as little as 6.7sec, 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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