Land Rover Defender review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Land Rover Defender 2022 interior infotainment
  • 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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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Land Rover Defender’s starting price is higher than pretty much all its rivals, including the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Jeep Wrangler. The Defender does get lots of standard equipment though, and by the time you’ve upgraded to the same level, it all evens out. Higher up the range, the Defender's price overlaps with the larger Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery. If you go for the V8 model or the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in a top trim, you're potentially looking at a lot more than BMW X7 money. 

The Defender has a massive counter to that: its exceedingly slow predicted depreciation should help keep the long-term costs respectable. PCP finance rates are competitive, but check out the latest deals on our free What Car? New Car Deals pages.

Equipment, options and extras

Land Rover Defender 2022 interior infotainment

The entry-level X-Dynamic S trim comes well equipped and is actually our favourite. It has power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, climate control, cruise control and heated front seats, plus the infotainment and visibility aids. Defender HSE is slightly more expensive and adds the upgraded seats, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic roof and a leather steering wheel. 

With that in mind, the price tags attached to X-Dynamic HSE trim and above make them hard to recommend. If you're after luxury, we'd argue that similar-priced, road-biased luxury SUVs, such as the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, make more sense.

In addition to the trim levels, buyers can choose from four design packs to further customise the look of the Defender. Some are more city-oriented and add glitzy 22in wheels. Others are off-road-inspired, with features including a ladder, roof rack and off-road tyres. There's even a satin protective wrap for the bodywork, which stops the paintwork getting scratched.

Overview

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.

  • Excellent off road
  • Up to seven seats
  • Slow depreciation
  • Higher trim levels are very pricey
  • Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are poor
  • Tiny boot in 90 models
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Target Price from £57,695
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From £73,750