DEFENDER 90 EFFORTLESSLY TACKLES THE TOUGHEST TRAILS
At most press events, Duff says, drivers are given “fully-specced range-toppers”, so he was intrigued to experience an “entry level P300 2.0-litre petrol engine, base coil springs in place of pricey air suspension, and even the novelty of what was close to a hose-out rubber interior”.
He found the Defender 90 was unsurprisingly mighty in its development playground, saying “it squelched and slithered its way along some of Eastnor’s tougher tracks while barely breaking sweat. The revelation wasn’t that it could do it all, rather how easy progress was”.
A PROPER OFF-ROADER
The P300 powerplant also impressed Duff, with 220kW and 400Nm delivering more than adequate performance.
IMPRESSIVELY BRISK PERFORMANCE
Despite only driving it on-road, he found “performance was impressively brisk...even riding on air springs, the test P400’s chassis felt firm at urban speeds, but it gains some calm authority at a highway pace and the cabin felt impressively well insulated”.
SPACIOUS AND ROOMY INSIDE
The Defender’s upgraded infotainment system -Pivi Pro impressed Duff with a new interface that’s “better looking, faster acting and much more intuitive to use” than the previous generation system.
Duff concludes; the 90 makes a strong case for itself for anyone who doesn’t need the space of the 110; but wants to experience the Defender in its purest form.