Land Rover Defender 110 P400 S 2021 road test review
Tim Nicholson puts the impressive new Land Rover Defender to the test.
Few automotive nameplates can boast legendary status. But the iconic Land Rover Defender certainly can. The utilitarian off-roader was famously manufactured for a continuous run of 67 years, ending in 2016, with the biggest changes coming in the early 1980s.
- Thumbs down: It’s not cheap, options can push the price up considerably, adaptive cruise control slow to react, it’s thirsty.
The Land Rover Defender is a modern take on the go-anywhere 4x4 wagon theme and ups the ante for safety and in-car technology.
Safety and emissions regulations forced Land Rover to start all over again with a new version, which was released in Australia last year. It’s a modern take on the go-anywhere 4x4 wagon theme and ups the ante for safety and in-car technology. A change from ladder chassis to a more car-like monocoque chassis had some wondering if the Defender had lost its edge.
Unfortunately, Victoria’s brief covid-related lockdown in February ended our plans to test the Defender off road, so our impressions are purely from on-road driving.
The Defender is a mix of high-tech gadgetry and robust materials that can take a beating, but it still feels premium.