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Car Expert’s James Wong recently reviewed the 2022 Land Rover Defender 110. His believes Defender is “one of the automotive legends, an OG. Its mere existence in 2021, even if it’s a very modernised take, is a miracle”.

He appreciates that while Land Rover brought the vehicle into the 21st Century, it’s done a lot to respect its heritage and character. He asks; “can the modernised Defender cut it as a daily driver, with the added bonus of rugged off-road ability for the weekend escape?” Let’s find out. 

SILKY SMOOTH PERFORMANCE

The Defender D250 is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six twin-turbo diesel with 48V mild-hybrid assistance. Wong notes, “If you’re expecting the drive experience of the new Defender to be a throwback like much of the aesthetics, boy are you in for a surprise. Within a few hundred metres of wheel time after picking it up, I was so pleasantly surprised at how much the Defender drives more like a Range Rover”. He found the 3.0 litre turbo-diesel inline six to be silky smooth and effortless in delivery, working well with the smart-shifting eight-speed auto. The suspension was cushy and the car delivered “a wafty ride that puts many luxury SUVs to shame”.

IMPRESSIVE AT ALL SPEEDS

Potholes, tram lines and road joints could barely be felt by Wong in the cabin, and when he pushed the Defender to higher speeds the “broken surfaces and undulations were handled with ease”. The steering felt light yet accurate and refinement of the Defender was impressive at all speeds. Wind and road noise was kept to a minimum, and it never got too loud or unrefined under hard acceleration. Although Wong didn’t take the Defender off-road this time, he said the team had sampled both the 90 and 110 versions “off the beaten track and determined it’s more than capable of tackling what most owners could ever throw at it”. 

Wong wrapped up his review by saying that the Defender is unquestionably an icon and the modern interpretation of the vehicle is “an excellent blend of old- and new-school. It’s comfortable, refined, tech-laden, and looks the goods”. He doesn’t believe there’s much else in the market that can compete. So to answer his question, “does the Defender cut it as a daily driver with weekend adventure capability?” You bet!

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Smart Settings is intended to be released as part of a future wireless software update. Software development and releases are subject to movements in planning and programming, and dates may be subject to change.

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.

Jaguar Land Rover Limited is constantly seeking ways to improve the specification, design and production of its vehicles, parts and accessories and alterations take place continually, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Some features may vary between optional and standard for different model years. The information, specification, engines and colours on this website are based on European specification and may vary from market to market and are subject to change without notice. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment and retailer-fit accessories that may not be available in all markets. Please contact your local retailer for local availability and prices.

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