The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Fans of the previous Land Rover Defender will love the latest car's lofty driving position, which feels significantly higher than most of its rivals. It’s easy to set everything up so it's comfy, with even entry-level models getting 12-way electrically adjustable seats with memory settings, heating and cooling. All other versions except XS Edition get 14-way adjustment.
Whichever trim level you choose, the pedals, seat and steering wheel are well positioned relative to each other. There’s lots of up, down and in-and-out movement to the steering wheel, and it's electrically adjustable on all but the entry-level versions. Our only criticism of the seat is that it doesn't have much side support to stop you sliding sideways in tight corners.
The spare wheel mounted on the rear door (and, in the longer 110, the sheer distance from the driving seat to the rear window) does make it tricky to see out of the back, though. Thankfully, all models get front and rear parking sensors plus a 360-degree camera as standard.
If you pay a bit extra, you can specify the ClearSight rear-view mirror. At the touch of a button it becomes a digital screen that shows a live camera feed from behind the car, so you can see what's there even when the boot is loaded to the roof. LED headlights are standard on all versions, while the XS Edition and Defender V8 both get adaptive matrix LED headlights, which can be left on main beam without dazzling the drivers in front.