Land Rover Defender review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Introduction

Land Rover Defender 2022 front cornering
  • 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
  • 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
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Reinventing an automotive icon like the Land Rover Defender isn’t an easy mission. It involves taking special care to pay respect to the original car without upsetting existing fans by producing a parody of it. 

It's something Land Rover thought long and hard about before reviving the Defender name tag. After all, how do you create a large SUV that proudly (rather than cynically) follows up on a vehicle beloved by everyone from mountain rescue teams to urban hipsters?

The diversity of the Land Rover Defender range means that it finds itself competing against a broad spread of rival cars. The 90 is up against other large SUVs including the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Toyota Land Cruiser.

In 110 and 130 form (especially in the higher trim levels), it steps into Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 territory. Buyers in search of the serious off-road prowess the Land Rover is famous for might also want to consider the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Class.

Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you whether the latest Land Rover Defender lives up to the reputation of the previous version, and how it compares with rivals. We'll also let you know what performance is like with each engine (petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid), how practical it is, what the interior quality is like, and more.

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At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £60,705
or from £657pm
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Leasing deals
From £824pm
RRP price range £60,705 - £116,580
Number of trims (see all)11
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions 106.1 - 94.7
Available doors options 3
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,587 / £8,448
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £3,174 / £16,896
Available colours