Used Land Rover Defender 1990-2016 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Ownership cost

1990 - 2016 review
Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
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Ownership cost

What used Land Rover Defender 4x4 will I get for my budget?

You might expect a car like the Defender to be cheap on the used market. However, it's such an effective tool that it's always in demand and prices remain pretty high.

Things start at about £3500 for the short-wheelbase Defender 90 version, while you should expect to pay from around £4000 for the longer and much more practical Defender 110. You'll be looking at cars from the early 1990s, as well as some rougher newer ones. Spend between £8000 and £10,000 on a Defender from the early 2000s, in good condition. Fork out between £12,000 and £14,000 on a good-condition Landie from the mid-2000s, and upwards of that for anything later with a reasonable mileage. 

Prices can rise steeply, but a budget of around £15,000 will get you a good used example. There are plenty of specialist and modified versions of the Defender, too, but these are, for the most part, best avoided.

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Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)

How much does it cost to run a Land Rover Defender 4x4?

MPG

Unfortunately, you'll pay out a lot at the pumps, because the 2.4 and later 2.2-litre diesel engine will return only 25.5mpg. The five-cylinder TD5 is marginally better at 26.1mpg.

CO2 emissions

The Defender is a high-polluting car; even the 'cleaner' 2.4 and 2.2-litre engines produce 295g/km, while the TD5 puts out 299g/km.

Road tax (VED)

All Defenders of this generation will pay the annual road tax (VED) according to CO2 emissions, with those registered after 23 March 2006 paying a much higher fee than those registered before this date. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Servicing and insurance costs

Routine maintenance with a Land Rover is generally expensive, but this can be offset somewhat by cheaper insurance than is generally the norm with a large off-roader, no doubt helped by the fact that body panels are cheap to replace.

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