Land Rover Defender Hard Top review

Category: Van

Section: Introduction

Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 right tracking off road
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 right tracking
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior rear storage
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 rear door open
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Defender 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 right tracking off road
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 right tracking
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 interior rear storage
  • Land Rover Defender Hard Top 2021 rear door open
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Introduction

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The Land Rover Defender Hard Top is the commercial ‘van’ version of the latest Defender luxury SUV, reviving a name dating back to 1950, when a removable roof was first offered for the soft-top Series 1. 

Now, you might think resurrecting the Hard Top designation is a bit odd given that the modern Defender has a fixed roof, but it’s a symbolic move. The original was as popular with farmers as it was with fashion-conscious buyers, and the British brand hopes to repeat that trick by offering one with purely utilitarian roots. 

Under the skin, the Hard Top retains the regular Defender’s four-wheel drive system, which makes it very capable off-road, although air suspension is an option that is only available on the 110. The 90 is limited to one engine and one trim level choice, while 110 buyers can pick from three engines and three additional trim levels. 

The Defender Hard Top's closest rivals are the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial and off-road capable pick-ups such as the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux. Over the next few pages, this review will tell you how it stacks up against them, plus what it’s like on the road, how classy it is inside and whether it's costly to run. 

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At a glance
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Target Price from £48,910
or from £518pm
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From £72,950
RRP price range £48,910 - £108,040
Number of trims (see all)11
Number of engines (see all)7
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid, diesel
MPG range across all versions 19.1 - 85.6
Available doors options 3
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,712 / £7,825
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £3,424 / £15,650
Available colours