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Land Rover Defender Review (2020)

Autocar 2020-05-22 12:49:51

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Now for the real test, then.

We’ve already tried the in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, in off-road locations where its mechanical credentials were taxed to the extreme. But not anywhere as harsh as those that really show up a car’s character: the relentless, thoughtless daily grind, the urban jungle and motorway schlep, family abuse from morning till night, the get-in-and-drive as mechanical process.

Although a commercial Defender will start from around £35,000, it’s also possible to spend £100,000 on a heavily optioned five-doorMatt Prior | Editor-at-large

The kind of use, in short, that the new Defender – arguably the most important and interesting car of the year – will have to undergo when it starts filtering into customers’ daily lives.

To recap: and this five-door 110 has arrived first, with a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines. This is the range-topper. Available in X trim only, it’s a mildly hybridised straight-six-cylinder petrol engine, badged P400, and it’s expensive. , so let’s find out what this P400 has to offer and see just what heights – in terms of prestige – the car can scale.

The Land Rover Defender line-up at a glance

Grades are base, S, SE, HSE and X. Base gets steel wheels, fabric trim and analogue dials. S adds part leather, alloys and digital dials. SE has different wheels, full-powered seats and a camera in the rear-view mirror. HSE means full leather, sunroof and heated steering wheel. Sound systems and driving aids take a walk upwards through the range, too.

X and the P400 engine are exclusive to each other; kit is closest to HSE. The D200 can’t be an HSE. The base trim can only be a D200.

GoodMakes serious off-roading an easy businessSpacious and well-finished cabin with loads of storage spaceGreat road ride and engaging handlingBadDefender is now a particularly large and heavy vehicleIt’s conspicuously consumptive in this P400 mild-hybrid formTailgate affords narrow boot access Continue to Design & StylingLand Rover Defender review | page 1 of 8 Share review Are you as passionate about cars as we are? Get all the best car news, reviews and opinion direct to your inbox. Subscribe to the Autocar newsletter now. Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar takes your privacy seriously. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe mechanism on any email you receive from us. We will use your information to ensure you receive messages that are relevant to you. To learn more about how we use the information you provide to us please see our Full Privacy Notice. Advertisement

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