Land Rover Defender Review

Land Rover Defender 90 XS Station Wagon
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Land Rover Defender Review

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According to Land Rover's press literature 'today's Defender is a product of a controlled evolution' and we couldn't agree more.

Comfort and Refinement

According to Land Rover's press literature 'today's Defender is a product of a controlled evolution' and we couldn't agree more. The defender is the workhorse of the Land Rover range that combines utilitarian simplicity with rugged, dependable off-road ability.

Comfort is not a word that is synonymous with the Land Rover Defender however, the 90 XS Station Wagon is equipped with part leather heated seats, electric windows, air conditioning, heated front and rear window, remote central locking and a stereo radio & single slot CD player with 4 speakers.

Head room is excellent in the front and rear although leg room is limited. The seats are well padded and comfortable and the drivers seat has adjustment for both recline and leg length but not height. The large leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are both chunky and tactile.

A novel feature of the Defender are the fresh air vents which are positioned in the dasboard and once open are a great way to get air into the vehicle. Although it is a little nerve racking to see the road through the dashboard as you are driving along.

How It Looks -

The Land Rover Defender is a style icon and with the introduction of the XS model Land Rover have given the ultimate 4x4 a makeover incorporating a distinctive silver metallic 'brunel' grille and headlamp surrounds, side runners, 'boost' alloy wheels, tinted glass, rear folding step, smoked front indicators & side repeaters and body coloured wheel arches.

How It Looks - Interior

The interior styling is basic and the switchgear although functional is more agricultural than design led.

With the introduction of the XS model Land Rover have injected a little luxury into the Defender which features black part leather heated seats, 'brunel' coloured switch panel and black carpet throughout.

Infotainment

The Defender 90 XS Station Wagon is equipped with a stereo radio & single slot CD player with 4 speakers as standard. The sound quality was good and the acoustics seemed particularly suited to the large box-shaped cabin.

Rivals
  • Unrivalled
What We Liked
  • Image
  • Off-road ability
  • High seating position
  • Performance
  • Styling
What We Disliked
  • Lack of air-bags
  • Dated interior
  • Difficulty in using dual-range transfer box
What We'd Like To See
  • Air-bags
  • Terrain Response™ as seen on the Land Rover Discovery 3
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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