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  • Launched in 2020
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, Plug-in Hybrid
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, Plug-in Hybrid

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Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Rugged 4x4 with modern twist

Best bits

  • Long-awaited new Land Rover Defender
  • Wide range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
  • Loads of optional accessories

Not so great

  • Traditionalists will hate it
  • Land Rover doesn’t have the best reliability record
  • It’s not cheap...

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Overall verdict

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Overall verdict

"Replacing the original Land Rover Defender is a challenge that could be likened to giving Coronation Street a millennial revamp, or putting a modern twist on the traditional roast dinner. It’s not a task that should be taken lightly - and, no matter what you do, it’ll attract more than its fair share of criticism."

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That explains why we’ve been waiting so long for the latest Land Rover Defender. The final example of the last model rolled off the Solihull production line in 2016 - tracing its roots all the way back to the original 1948 Land-Rover Series 1. Since then, Land Rover’s been trying to strike the right balance between old and new. It wants to appeal to its traditional enthusiast and rural clientele, yet also bring in fresh buyers that would ordinarily be buying a Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


The new model, revealed in 2020, will be built in Slovakia and is unmistakably Defender. It’s got a distinctive silhouette, with a boxy outline and a spare wheel on the rear door. It’s more modern than before - much more modern than before - with high-spec models getting matrix LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.


The interior is dominated by a crossbeam running along the width of the car, while a 10-inch infotainment screen sits on the centre console. The Defender is more technologically advanced than the old model (which is a bit like saying the Tesla Model 3 is more technologically advanced than a Morris Minor).


Land Rover says its new Pivi Pro infotainment system is more intuitive and user-friendly than previous versions, with instant responses and requiring fewer inputs to perform frequently used tasks. Most models also come with a fancy 12.3-inch interactive driver display which sits behind the steering wheel, allowing the driver to switch between navigation and conventional dials or a combination of the two. Meanwhile, over-the-air updates will ensure the latest Land Rover Defender is always kept up-to-date.


The Defender 110 model range consists of S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models. All are well-equipped, with higher-spec models in particular having a much more premium feel than owners of the old Defender could ever dream of. But then, higher-spec models will cost you in the region of £80,000...


Customers will also be able to personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four distinct accessory packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban packs each give Defender a distinct character with a specially selected range of modifications. On top of this, there are no fewer than 170 individual accessories available - ranging from a side-mounted gear carrier to an electric winch and rooftop tent.


From launch, the Defender 110’s diesel engine line-up consists of two four-cylinder units producing 200 or 240PS, badged the D200 and D240 respectively. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and each produces 430Nm of torque.


A P300 2.0-litre petrol is also available, producing 300PS and 400Nm, while a mild-hybrid P400 tops the range. This 3.0-litre engine will take the Defender to 62mph in 6.4 seconds, while top speed is quoted as 129mph. A 48-volt lithium-ion battery stores energy captured during braking, helping the P400 return up to 25.2mpg. A plug-in hybrid model is set to follow in 2021. 


Of course, being a Defender, the latest 110 is loaded with clever technology to ensure it’ll never get stuck off-road. All models come with four-wheel-drive, naturally, with Terrain Response - Land Rover’s off-road system which tweaks vehicle settings depending on the terrain (sand or mud, for example).


Air suspension is also standard on the 110, along with a 3D surround camera which can provide an augmented visualisation when wading deep water or reversing a trailer.


A full verdict will follow, but the new Defender is one of the most exciting new cars of 2020. Not everyone will like it, but its brashness is part of its appeal. And at least it retains some off-road credibility.


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  • 2015
  • 25,456 miles
  • CARZ Glasgow
  • Lanarkshire, G524XA
Price:£54,000
HP: £1,469.83/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £1,469.83, Customer Deposit: £8,100.00, Total Deposit: £8,100.00, Total Charge For Credit: £7,013.88, Total Amount Payable: £61,013.88, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%

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County Station Wagon TDCi [2.2]

  • 2015
  • 27,802 miles
  • Peter Vardy Land Rover Aberdeen
  • Kincardineshire, AB123LQ
Price:£39,995
HP: £1,072.61/moDeposit cont. £500

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £1,072.61, Customer Deposit: £5,999.00, Total Deposit: £6,499.25, Lender Deposit Contribution: £500.00, Total Charge For Credit: £5,118.21, Total Amount Payable: £45,113.21, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%

Is the Land Rover Defender right for you?

We’ll wait until we’ve driven the new Land Rover Defender for a full verdict, but the Defender is already flying out of showrooms. If you’d like a modern interpretation of a British off-roading icon, the new Defender’s the car for you.

What’s the best Land Rover Defender model/engine to choose?

The First Edition models will be the most desirable, but which model you choose will depend on how upmarket you’d like your Defender to be. Engine-wise, we’d go for one of the six-cylinder diesels. They provide a useful amount of extra grunt compared to the four-cylinder units, but will be more frugal than the petrol options. If you don't need such a big car, consider the short-wheelbase version, badged the Land Rover Defender 90.

What other cars are similar to the Land Rover Defender?

The obvious rivals include the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Jeep Wrangler. You could also consider the Suzuki Jimny, if you fancy a cute retro off-roader, while more affordable workhorses include the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara. In truth, the latest Defender is probably more of an alternative to premium SUVs, like the Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Land Cruiser and even the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE and Volvo XC90.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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