Land Rover Defender review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Introduction

Land Rover Defender 110 front
  • Land Rover Defender 110 front
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD boot open
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Front tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD right urban panning
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD wide front wading
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD front wading
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD uphill muddy scramble
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD tailgate open
  • Land Rover Defender 90 front left tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 90 rear tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 90 interior
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Rear light detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Right tracking on beach
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Left tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 110 front
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD boot open
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Front tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD right urban panning
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD wide front wading
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD front wading
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD uphill muddy scramble
  • Land Rover Defender 2020 RHD tailgate open
  • Land Rover Defender 90 front left tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 90 rear tracking
  • Land Rover Defender 90 interior
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Rear light detail
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Right tracking on beach
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 Left tracking
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Reinventing an automotive icon like the Land Rover Defender isn’t easy. It involves taking special care to pay respect to the original without producing something overly clichéd or, even worse, a parody. 

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

The Defender 90 is a rival to SUVs including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, as well as more rugged alternatives, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser. In 110 form, particularly in the higher trim levels, the Defender treads into Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 territory, while those in search of serious off-road prowess will want to consider the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Class.

Over the next few pages, this Land Rover Defender review will tell you whether the current model lives up to the reputation of the iconic original and how it compares with its many, varied rivals.

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At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £57,590
or from £644pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £79,999
RRP price range £57,590 - £108,790
Number of trims (see all)9
Number of engines (see all)5
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions 19.1 - 85.6
Available doors options 3
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,761 / £7,880
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £3,522 / £15,761
Available colours