In the modern world we are spoilt for choice with old and new vehicles. In the realm of rugged, off-road vehicles there are plenty of manufacturers, but few names carry the same weight as Land Rover Defender. For decades, Land Rover has been compatible with adventure and their latest addition, the Defender is by far no exception. In this blog, I am going to cover some of my feelings towards this iconic piece of engineering and explore why some enthusiasts have strong emotions to this new era of Defenders when compared to the classic models of the past.
The Land Rover Defender 110 X Dynamic SE boasts an impressive array of features and specifications that make it a strong contender in the off-road segment. There is a few engine options but the ideal off-roader would have to be the 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder turbocharged engine, which delivers a potent combination of power and efficiency. This is mated to an 8 speed auto box which is seamless when shifting through the gears. Selecting neutral on the shifter allows you to engage low range at the press of a button. Off-roading with this Land Rover has proven that it’s equipped with the latest in off-road technology, including a Terrain Response system, which optimises vehicle settings for different terrains, ensuring a smooth and capable ride on everything from mud and rocks, to sand and snow. In my time of using the loan vehicle, I had taken it through mud, sand and even water. I found very little to complain about with its capabilities however, using the vehicle with the road tyres fitted restricted its off-road performance. This is less than ideal but the Defenders complex Terrain Response system seems to hold its own when trying to move forward in these off-road situations.
Going anywhere in an old Defender can be extremely fatiguing especially when you are above the 6ft mark. Space within the cab is limited and the materials used are definitely of an agricultural spec on most of the models. The new Defender boasts a luxurious interior with a sense sophistication, featuring high-quality materials, advanced infotainment systems, and comfortable seating for up to five people. This however has been designed in a way that makes you feel like it would stand the test of time with high use and little wear. Land Rover have used little design cues that remind you its still a Defender and not the Range Rover you might first assume. Land Rover seem to have prioritised safety with features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and emergency braking, providing peace of mind during both on-road and off-road adventures. The headlight technology within it amazed me every time darkness came around. The automatic full beam which illuminates the road perfectly in front of you was enough to make driving this large 4x4 a breeze in the dark.