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Land Rover Defender (L663) Review Rundown

Land RoverPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Excellent handling
  • Excellent refinement
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The new Land Rover Defender has been one of the biggest car launches of the past 12 months. It is a completely redesigned offroad SUV that carries on the legend of the original L316 model that has been in continuous production since 1983. Land Rover opts for an aluminum unibody frame rather than the body-on-frame design of its predecessor, reflecting the change in role that modern SUVs need to adopt.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The new Defender arrives in five-door ‘110’ form first, with the short-wheelbase 90 to follow. Both are based on the most rugged derivative to date of Land Rover’s longitudinal-engined architecture. This largely aluminium car comes with 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines. It can tow 3500kg, and on air springs (steel coils come later) wades 900mm of water.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading off-road credentials
  • Powerful engines
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre fuel economy

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Five-door Defenders start at £45,000 but, in the specification you see here, the 2.0-litre diesel comes in at around £65,000. The Terrain Response system manipulates suspension, differentials, brakes, traction control and more on the go. It also has 360deg cameras, including a through-bonnet one showing the front wheels.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredible off-roading capability
  • Powerful engines
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for a five-door

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The D300 is one of the most fashionable cars currently available, fitted with the least fashionable powerplant conceivable. Hybridisation of the very mildest kind is a feature and helps to kick the D300’s MPG and CO2 figures onto the edge of the playing field. It sips most frugally at a cruise (we saw 36mpg over the course of a 50-mile motorway journey)
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Fantastic fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre straight-line acceleration

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Defender V8 starts from £50k for the V8 AMG version. Power is provided by JLR's familiar 5.0-litre supercharged V8. There's 518bhp and 625Nm on tap, but with 0-62mph coming up in 5.4 seconds, it's just 0.2 seconds ahead of the plug-in P400e.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8
  • Decent on-road performance
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre ride quality

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new Defender is codenamed L663 and will be based on the D7U aluminium monocoque architecture. Air suspension and coil springs will be offered, with the former extending by up to 75mm and lowering by 50mm. There’s permanent all-wheel drive, a standard low-range transfer case, three auto-locking diffs (front axle, centre and rear axle), and a choice of 18-22-inch wheels.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Impressive on-road performance
Cons[**]
  • Rugged B-road

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
Just 150 Defender 70th Edition models will be made, with production starting later in 2018. Cost? A steep £150k a pop for a 90 Station Wagon. It uses a 5.0-litre V8 already in service within the JLR range. So you get a supercharger-less 400bhp of grunt and a claimed 0-62mph of 5.6 seconds.
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Pros[**]
  • Hilarious V8 engine
  • Rugged interior
  • Fun to drive
Cons[**]
  • Fiddly infotainment system

cnet[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The new Land Rover Defender is every bit as capable as its predecessor. Pricing starts at $51,250 for a base 110 and can stretch into the mid-$90,000s for a fully loaded Defender X. Good tires and a nicely tuned air suspension keep the Defender rocking steady no matter the terrain.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb off-road performance
  • Stylish interior
  • Excellent infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Loud tires
  • Loud on-road tires

digitaltrends[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 2020 Land Rover Defender is the automotive equivalent of a Patagonia jacket. It's a pricey, premium item, but it offers a higher level of quality for that price. With its comfortable ride and precise handling, the Defender felt more like a regular car than a mudslinging off-road SUV.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent on-road manners
Cons[**]
  • Lack of standard equipment

References

1. ^ Land Rover Defender 110 D240 S 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-05-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Land Rover Defender 110 S 2020 review. autocar. 2020-03-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Land Rover Defender 110 SE D300 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-05-27 Retrieved 2021-06-08.
4. ^ New Land Rover Defender V8 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-07-20 Retrieved 2021-07-22.
5. ^ Land Rover Defender review: 90 and 110 models driven. carmagazine. 2021-11-24 Retrieved 2021-12-17.
6. ^ Land Rover Defender 110 Works V8 (2018) review: a 400bhp birthday present. carmagazine. 2018-03-19 Retrieved 2021-12-17.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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