Land Rover Defender 5.0 P525 V8 90 3dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
3 doors
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RRP£100,890
Review

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.

This entry-level model comes well equipped, with LED headlights, heated power-folding door mirrors, 18in steel wheels, four-wheel drive with high and low range, air suspension (on 110 models only; the 90 gets conventional suspension), 8-way part-electric heated front seats, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control. Infotainment is taken care of with a 10.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while safety is covered by automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition. Trouble is, you can only have this trim with a thirsty P300 petrol engine. For more choice, you’ll need to go one trim level up.

This thundering 5.0-litre V8 petrol competes with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG G63. It has 518bhp and does 0-62mph in as little as 5.2sec. Just don't think about the official average fuel economy of less than 20mpg or the list price.


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Key information

Doors3
Seats5
0-62 MPH5.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

19.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

N/A

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

330

g/km

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