Land Rover Defender 110 D240 review (2020)

28 Jul 2021, 10:06  •  Review  •  Door koen

It must have been a terrible task designing the new Defender. The iconic 4×4 has many loyal fans, who really want it to always be as it is. Can Land Rover please everyone? We’ll figure it out!

New Land Rover Defender

How long has it taken. There are grown men and women – including yours truly – who have never seen an introduction to a new Defender. The previous generation comes from 1990 and the generation before that – the first generation – is officially from 1948. So there is often some time between generations.

We got to see the new Defender in July last year, way before the rest of the world got to see it. Back then it was kept secret and under lock and key, but now we are allowed to take it on the road in the Netherlands.

Land Rover Defender dimensions

He immediately notices how big he is. The five-door Defender 110 is five meters long and two meters high and wide. There is even a separate menu in the infotainment system where you can see the dimensions. Handy for a quick check if, for example, you have to pass under a barrier at a parking garage.

With our young legs we jump in and out of the Defender in no time, but over fifty it may be quite a task for some. Fortunately, thanks to air suspension, the Defender can lower to the ground to make it easier to get in and out. This function is called Elegant Arrival.

Before we get in, we first walk around the car. Land Rover has given the Defender a radically new look. There are many subtle nods to the old Defender. That will do the fans good. So it’s still angular, especially the back. The front is rounder, but that also has a function.

Nowadays cars have to comply with certain rules and regulations. Pedestrian safety is important, for example. The previous generation Defender, with its completely square front, did not exactly respond well to a collision with a pedestrian. And so the new Defender is a bit more rounded at the front.

Rover Defender 110 D240 design

Before we get in, we first walk around the car. Land Rover has given the Defender a radically new look. There are many subtle nods to the old Defender. That will do the fans good. So it’s still angular, especially the back. The front is rounder, but that also has a function.

Nowadays cars have to comply with certain rules and regulations. Pedestrian safety is important, for example. The previous generation Defender, with its completely square front, did not exactly respond well to a collision with a pedestrian. And so the new Defender is a bit more rounded at the front.

Details Defender

There are many more references to the old Defender. Think of safari windows, the spare wheel that is mounted on the back, a rear door that opens sideways and his wide hips of course. The two small outer taillights are a reference to the two small round taillights of the previous Defender.

Defender 110 D240 interior

The robust character of the previous model also lives on inside the new Defender. The interior exudes class, but you don’t have to be afraid to get it dirty. This is not a Range Rover. Thanks to the use of soft rubber-like materials, the dashboard is easy to clean. Well with a cloth, a garden hose goes a bit too far.

Lightning-fast multimedia system Defender

We can see that the Defender is ultramodern from the lightning-fast multimedia system, but also from the interior mirror. You can turn this into a screen, so you don’t suffer from the spare wheel that blocks the view. The screen is connected to a camera on top of the roof, which provides an excellent view of the road. It’s like driving a widescreen periscope on the roof.

Swiss Army knife

The Defender is a real Swiss army knife. Everywhere you look you come across tricks and cleverness. However, some things never change. For example, the back door still opens to the right. Handy if you live in a country where they drive on the left, but it’s a bit impractical for the rest of the world. You will always have to load and unload from the street side. Typically British, but we can laugh about it. Fortunately, there is no shortage of space, there is 916 to a maximum of 2,233 liters of luggage space.

You can of course make the Defender as practical and versatile as you want. We still drive a fairly ‘bare’ Defender, but there is a long list of practical options.

Some accessories Land Rover Defender:

  • Folding ladder
  • Roof rack
  • Roof tent
  • Side-mounted cases
  • Inflatable canopy back
  • Rinse system with hose
  • Integrated air compressor

Land Rover 110 D240 Comfort

We only notice the biggest change once we are on the road. Because the Defender is comfortable, something the previous generations were not known for at all. Thanks to the air suspension, we float over the road, as if we were in a Range Rover.

The controls themselves also require little effort, a true child-can-do-the-laundry situation. That used to be different. On the previous Defender – with a steel ladder chassis and manually locking differentials – the driver was primarily an operator. Only tough men and women who knew how the technology worked could really get everything out of the Defender.

In the new Defender, you tap on the screen which surface you intend to enter, and the car takes care of all the technology itself. It doesn’t sound romantic, but it works damn well. The Terrain Response technology keeps tight control over the lockable center and rear differential, the revs, the automatic transmission, really everything you used to even have to operate.

Conclusion Land Rover D240

The new Land Rover Defender is more than a successful successor. The car is extremely comfortable but can still be used in war zones. It is especially reminiscent of the previous model, especially on the outside, and that should also convince hardcore fans of that model. And otherwise they just have to drive around in it for a while, then they really don’t want to go back.

Price Land Rover D240

The new Land Rover Defender 90 (three-door) has a starting price of 96,500 euros. For the five-door (Defender 110) entry-level model you pay 102,500 euros. A plug-in hybrid variant will come to the Netherlands at the beginning of 2021. This Defender P400e PHEV with more than 400 hp has lower CO2 emissions, which makes it the cheapest with a starting price of around 85,000 euros and therefore the version that many Dutch people will go for. More horsepower and a number of fully electric kilometers, for less money. What’s not to like?

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