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Land Rover Defender

THIS DEFENDER 90 IS DRIVE'S TOP PICK

Most of the time, says Sam Purcell from Drive , the most expensive variant of a car is the most impressive. But in test driving the 2022 Land Rover Defender 90 P300, he found the cheapest vehicle in its lineup “stacks up wonderfully. And it’s hard to look past as the pick of the range”.
Land Rover Defender Off-roading

A BALANCE OF PRACTICALITY & DESIGN

Inside, Purcell found the P300 version of the Defender “far from stripped out and it carries plenty of nice touches and technology for the money”. Overall he thought the interior has a wonderful balance of practicality, thoughtful inclusions and a unique design that harks back to previous generation Defenders. The new Pivi Pro 10-inch infotainment display is a “slick, easy-to-use operating system” and features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio, and native navigation. With a solid list of safety tech included as standard, Purcell said “the new Defender has a few more irons in the safety fire”. The 360-degree camera also impressed with augmented views for parking and off-roading, along with the see-through bonnet function, which helps you pick a line through low-speed, technical terrain.
Land Rover Defender Interior

ENGINE PACKS SURPRISING PUNCH

Purcell admitted he had reservations about the P300 powertrain before driving it. He wondered if a 221kW four-cylinder petrol engine with 400Nm was enough to keep the Defender exciting against the power of more expensive variants. He concluded he “shouldn’t have worried. This engine...packs a surprising amount of punch, character and enthusiasm.” He found the eight-speed auto gearbox impressive as well, noting, “It's smooth and fast to respond, allowing you to get the most out of the engine.” Overall the ride quality was “comfortable and communicative, without being firm or harsh”, with off-road performance “another strong suit”.

Purcell finished by saying that the performance and features you get for the price make the Defender 90 P300 the top choice in the range. Pointing out that the original Defender was about the promise of adventure and experience, he said “this base-specification Land Rover Defender carries on that same idea, and it does a bloody good job of it”.