Land Rover Defender Review

Land Rover Defender 90 XS Station Wagon
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Land Rover Defender Review

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The phenomenon that is Land Rover began in 1948 when the Series I was released with the advertising slogan the 'go anywhere' vehicle.

The phenomenon that is Land Rover began in 1948 when the Series I was released with the advertising slogan the 'go anywhere' vehicle. Fifty-Seven years later, what began as a post war project to keep the Rover Car Company afloat has developed into a British motoring legend and over two-thirds of Land Rover's sold in the last half century are still in use today.

Now known as the Defender, Land Rover's iconic off-road vehicle is the benchmark for all modern four-wheel-drives and is often described as the 'hero' of the Land Rover range. Often seen as the vehicle of choice for expeditions and adventures including Lara Croft's transport in the Tomb Raider films which proved so popular that Land Rover introduced a limited edition 'Tomb Raider' model. When Sir Ranulph Fiennes embarked on an epic around-the-world trip it was a Land Rover Defender that he chose to rely on.

Available with a choice of three wheelbase lengths - 90, 110 and 130 the Defender offers a range of body-styles. The 90 and 110 are available as a pick-up, hardtop and station wagon whilst the 110 is also available as a double cab and the 130 as a crew cab. Defenders can also be converted or adapted to fulfil more unusual roles such as fire tenders, ambulances and fitted with protective bodywork for peace keeping duties.

We test whether the Defender has lagged behind its contemporaries or if it is as Land Rover describe it 'peerless'.

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Land Rover Defender Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Defender 90 XS Station Wagon
  
Body Type3-Door Four Wheel Drive
ColourZambezi Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mphNot Published
Top Speed 87 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23.7 mpg
Extra Urban32.1 mpg
Combined28.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group10
Euro NCAP RatingNo Data
WarrantyEvery new Land Rover supplied by Land Rover UK comes with a standard 3-year unlimited mileage warranty. Please apply to your dealer at time of purchase for full details of the manufacturer's terms and conditions
Price (when tested on the 05/02/05)£25,595.00

The information contained within this Land Rover Defender review may have changed since publication on the 5 February 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Land Rover dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017