How to spec a Land Rover Defender

Our guide to the Land Rover Defender large SUV covers which options to choose, which to avoid, and how much to pay for it all...

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The reinvented Land Rover Defender sits at the upper end of the large SUV class, rivalling the BMW X3, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento. The Defender matches them in many regards, including passenger space and interior quality, but it separates itself with uncanny off-road abilities and distinctive Tonka toy looks.

If you’re buying a Defender, we recommend that you opt for the five-door ‘110’ body, which is more practical than the three-door ‘90’ because it brings a larger boot and easier passenger access. Supply shortages mean that you currently can’t order our favourite engine, the entry-level D250 diesel, so we’d opt for the D300 instead, which offers effortless acceleration both on and off-road. Teaming that with entry-level X-Dynamic S trim helps to keep costs down, while still including essential kit such as an 11.4in touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

There’s still plenty you can add to improve the Defender to make it easier to live with, though, so here’s what we’d choose from the options list.

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