The 2021 Land Rover Defender offers is an adventure-mobile with undeniable capability—and desirability. Its design is technically retro, but it represents a modern twist on the legendary Defender from the previous generation.
From looks alone, this is the Defender to get, but having spent time cruising along the highway, threading through villages and subjecting the car to some serious off-roading, under the handsome facade is a complex, highly competent machine.
The engine line-up comprises two petrols, one with mild-hybrid technology, and a couple of diesels. The P300 is the regular four-cylinder petrol, with 296bhp, while the bigger sellers are likely to be the D200 (197bhp) and D240 (237bhp) diesels.
In D240 spec, the 2.0-liter diesel four delivers 237 hp at 4,000 rpm and 317 lb-ft of torque at 1,400 rpm. That torque peak is almost midrange in a low-revving diesel, which is why our highly optioned Gondwana Stone 110 D240 S felt a little leisurely pulling away from a standstill.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender is a well-equipped off-roader with a lot of comforts. The interior is filled with space when it comes to carrying cargo even though it is a two-door SUV.
It comes with good spacious seats, 12-volt power socket, and even the option of a 14 speaker sound system if you want to make yourself deaf. All this makes the Defender one of the most comfortable SUVs present.
|ENGINE||2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4/296 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 295 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,000 rpm; 3.0L turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6 mild hybrid with electric supercharger/395 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 406 lb-ft @ 2,000-5,000 rpm|
|TRANSMISSION||8-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|LAYOUT||5-door, 5-7 passenger, AWD|
|L x W x H||187.3 (197.6 w/spare wheel) x 82.9 x 77.4 in|
|WEIGHT||4,815/5,165 lb (I-4/I-6)|
|0-60 MPH:||7.7/5.8 sec|
|TOP SPEED:||119/129 mph|