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The 2021 winner of the Drive Car of the Year off-road SUV is….drumroll please…. Land Rover Defender.

The 15th Drive Car of the Year was hotly contested over 12 months with almost 600 vehicles driven, reviewed and compared by the dedicated Drive team of experts.

Drive’s off-road Editor and Car of the Year 2021 judge Sam Purcell praised the Defender as “Capable of living in luxury in the city, the Defender retains Land Rover’s go anywhere ability”.

And the praise for this incomparable vehicle does not stop there.

The 15th Drive Car of the Year was hotly contested over 12 months with almost 600 vehicles driven, reviewed and compared by the dedicated Drive team of experts.

Drive’s off-road Editor and Car of the Year 2021 judge Sam Purcell praised the Defender as “Capable of living in luxury in the city, the Defender retains Land Rover’s go anywhere ability”.

And the praise for this incomparable vehicle does not stop there.

50+ Global Accolades

“For something so refined, comfortable and dynamically polished, the amount of off-road ability in a package so refined on-road is what sets the Defender truly apart.”

Since its launch, Defender has won more than 50 global accolades, including Top Gear’s 2020 Car of the Year, Motortrend’s 2021 SUV of the Year and Autocar’s Best SUV 2020 and Women’s World Car of the year. This international acclaim recognises the team’s efforts in creating the New Defender’s distinctive design, all-conquering off-road capability, excellent on-road dynamics, and 21st century practicality and connectivity.

The most powerful Defender of all time

Reviews in the automotive media have been consistently and overwhelmingly positive. CarExpert points out that the smaller, lighter Defender 90 will hit 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and top out at 240km/h, which it describes as “hot hatch numbers”. The West Australian says the new engines deliver “a serious boost in power”, while Carsales calls the new V8 “thunderous” and “thumping”. CarAdvice notes, “While previous generations of the Land Rover Defender have had V8 power, this is the first with supercharged grunt, making it the most powerful Defender of all time – in its 73-year history.”

Exceptional outside, impeccable inside.

The Defender features 8-way powered front seats and 5+2 seating flexibility. Inside, the cabin is differentiated with premium durable interiors, the new Pivi Pro system with 11.4” touch screen and a range of off-road technology, including 3D Surround Camera, Wading Sensing Detection and Terrain Response.

This multi-award winning new-age leader of the Defender family, is available to test drive at your Land Rover retailer.

© JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED 2021

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Important note on imagery & specification. We are living through exceptional times. Due to the Covid pandemic we have been prevented or delayed in the creation of new images of current model years. Now the global impact of micro-chip shortages is further affecting build specifications, options and launch timings. Until this unique event settles, please note that many images cannot be updated to 22 model year specifications. Features, options, trim and colour schemes will differ from many images. Customers are urged to consult your local Retailer for detailed 22 model year specifications and do not base an order on marketing imagery and specification alone.

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