Land Rover Defender 3.0 D300 X 130 5dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

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Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
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  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 boot open
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 right tracking
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  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front tracking off road
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear left static
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear lights detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior rear seats
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 boot open
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 right tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 front tracking off road
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear left static
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 rear lights detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2022 interior rear seats
RRP£98,400
Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors

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 Defender 110 will make the most sense for many, but the 90 is usefully more compact and better off road.

This off-road biased trim is the only way to get the most powerful D300 diesel, and it's also available with the P400 petrol engine. Over HSE you get 20in dark grey wheels, orange brake calipers, a black bonnet and roof, a surround sound stereo and an active rear differential to improve traction off road. It also adds air suspension to the 90. Despite having some of the quickest engine choices, you could get a far more luxurious SUV for this money.

With the D250 currently unavailable to order, the D300 is our pick of the range. This 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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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.5 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxAUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

32.1

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

1094

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

232

g/km