The Land Rover Defender 110 is the latest offering from the iconic British automaker, and it doesn’t disappoint. As an all-new version of the classic off-roader that has been re-imagined for the modern age, it combines Land Rover’s unparalleled off-road capabilities with a refined and luxurious interior, making it the ultimate vehicle for both adventure and everyday driving.
Externally, the Defender 110 is an imposing sight. It is larger than its predecessor, with a boxy and rugged design that exudes toughness and capability. The body is made of aluminum, which makes it lightweight and strong. The 110 in the name refers to the vehicle’s 110-inch wheelbase, which provides ample interior space for both passengers and cargo. The vehicle has a maximum weight of 5,510 lbs and can tow up to 8,201 lbs.
The interior is well thought out, with a clean and uncluttered layout that is easy to use. The infotainment system is based on the Pivi Pro system which is intuitive, fast and offers clear visuals. The 12.3-inch digital driver display is also impressive, providing drivers with all the necessary information they need while driving; crucially it’s curved so you don’t get any annoying glare when the sun is out. The front seats are heated and cooled, and rear seats also have heating. Speaking of seats, the driving position is characteristically high, meaning you have good visibility throughout the cabin, even if it does feel quite cosy inside.
The Defender 110 comes with a variety of engine options, all paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level engine is a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 296 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. There is also a six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 355 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. My loan was the four-cylinder turbocharged hybrid engine that produces a combined output of 404 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. It’s sensible and the most economical, while also having enough pulling power from a standing start to feel nimbler than its 2-tonne weight would suggest.
Off-road, the Defender 110 is a true Land Rover through and through. The vehicle has a maximum wading depth of 35.4 inches, and can tackle steep inclines and descents with ease thanks to its advanced all-wheel drive system. The vehicle also has a variety of advanced off-road technologies, such as hill descent control, a locking rear differential, and an adjustable air suspension system.
Land Rover did literally reinvent the wheel with the new Defender, but this 110 is a vehicle that offers a unique blend of capability and comfort. While there are more luxurious SUVs out there, this is definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a family car that can do it all. Prices start at £58,635 and the wait list is still a long one. You can spec one up on the Land Rover website here.