Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
One of the benefits of designing the Land Rover Defender with boxy proportions is that it gives everyone on board lots of space in every direction. So, just like in the equally perpendicular Mercedes G-Class, it doesn’t matter if you’re broad-shouldered, long-legged or tall in the body, you’ll have all the room you need in the front.
If you've ever sat in the front of the cramped old Defender, let's just say the current one will be a refreshing change.
The 90 also has lots of head room, and while leg room isn’t as impressive as it is in the 110, a tall adult will still have space. More of an issue is the raised floor, which means your knees are bent at an awkward angle with little under-thigh support. Oh yes, and the lack of rear doors. Their absence makes gaining entry trickier than it is in the 110. Children won't find that a problem but adults will, and it'll make your life harder if you're fitting a child seat.
If you occasionally need to carry more than six people, you can specify the ‘five plus two’ variant of the 110, with two extra seats that can be pulled up from the boot floor. Thanks to the Defender's high roofline, head room is still excellent, although there's more leg room in the third rows of the BMW X7 and Land Rover Discovery. If you don't want to spend that kind of money, the Kia Sorento is another capable seven-seater option.