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REVIEW | 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 oozes ruggedness and urban cool

REVIEW | 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 oozes ruggedness and urban cool

The Land Rover Defender 90 joins the lengthier Defender 110 to expand the mannequin fluctuate. It’s desire galore at the same time as you happen to desire any of the unique fashionable interpretations of the peerless icon. To position it yet every other device, appropriate luck sifting thru 37 objects.

On take a look at right here is the 4,583mm prolonged and 1,974mm high Defender 90 which is ready half of a metre shorter than the 110. It’s no longer precisely limited even though, and you tranquil will deserve to possess in thoughts of the place you thread it.

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It’s equipped with the identical mountaineering instruments as its better brother in conjunction with diff locks, all-wheel pressure, many digital meters, a 900mm wading depth when optioned with a raising suspension, and it be perched on tidy-taking a survey 20-high-tail split-spoke alloy wheels.

It’s a top class internal with heated and cooled vitality seats. This being my first model of the brand new Defender, I will also bask in the fashionable ergonomics and entrance door panels which don’t consistently gnaw in conjunction with your knees.

This unit also aspects gloss sad grey cease and a gloomy contrast roof, which will almost definitely be an attractive desire in a gigantic palette, and a folding fabric roof and signature graphic. Ideas suited to the take a look at car integrated Terrain Response 2 system, a domestic scamper socket, air suspension, a entrance centre console fridge compartment and wi-fi instrument charging. Matrix LED headlights and a detachable tow bar are amongst standard fitments even though.

The interactive touchscreen digital command centre hides a few aspects while the Meridian surround sound system is unbelievable nonetheless it if truth be told also revealed squeaks and rattles emanating from panels in the again of the entrance seats.

The Defender 90 is on hand with a unfold of engine derivatives. On the four-cylinder entrance, traders can clutch between the D240 or P300; six-cylinder D300 and P400 objects or an eight-cylinder variant.

My D300 tester used to be fitted with the three.0l diesel six-cylinder and it’s an attractive motor that is successfully-organized silent and responsive for its agricultural origins. It oozes muscular tractability for cruising and it makes a appropriate pairing with the eight-speed computerized transmission for easy-going breeze. The rear pillar that’s concealed by a sq. block will also be easy nonetheless it if truth be told hampers rear side vision and creates a blind space. 

The car is rapid off the brand for a 2.2-ton luxury SUV.  The 221kW and 650Nm are rich outputs for scaling the steep hills and for launching the Defender 90 from 0-100km/h in a claimed 6.7 seconds, which is spectacular. The acceleration is relentless all of the excellent approach to its 191km/h high cease. 

It’s no sports car, thus corners can possess to be treated with respect rather than homosexual abandon. You’re going to also sense the device the air suspension and steadiness instrument controls the Defender’s and not utilizing a doubt wide weight. It doesn’t wallow in an exaggerated device even though, and neither is it humbled by crosswinds.

It be sufficiently frugal too. It consumed on average 10.1l/100km which can ease the frustrations of filling up with costly gasoline in the intervening time. 

Having an off-roader core it’s aimed ostensibly at a unfold of opponents such because the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The Defender 90 takes a refreshingly cool, runt three-door off-roader methodology which has its positives and foibles.

Birth air life-style gurus will thunder you the device the Defender 90’s shorter wheelbase makes it an ace at negotiating difficult terrain yet it would possibly perchance presumably maybe also moreover be restrictive to of us who contemplate about to load copious amounts of gear for prolonged stays in the wasteland.

If esteem me you elevate sleeping to your non-public house with uninterrupted Wi-Fi reception anyway, the Defender 90 is tranquil a shimmering and out of the ordinary alternative to the urban SUV template. At a fall of a hat it is probably going you’ll presumably maybe also switch the horny alloys for the legendary “steelies” and join a Kingsley Holgate convoy and it be this duality that makes it a winner in my e book.

Tech Specs


Form: Turbocharged six-cylinder diesel

Capability: 3,000cc

Power: 221kW

Torque: 650Nm


Form: Eight-speed auto


Form: Eternal all-wheel pressure


High speed: 191km/h

0-100km/h: 6.7 sec (claimed)

Gasoline Consumption: 7.6l/100km (claimed), 10.0l (as examined)

Emissions: 199g/km

Standard aspects

Park distance management entrance, air-con, Matrix headlights, sunlight hours working lights, keyless entry, digicam for park distance management rear + surround survey, adaptive cruise management, bluetooth, navigation, HD digital instrument displays, apple CarPlay & Android Auto, multifunction steering wheel controls, rain sensing wipers, leather upholstery, detachable tow bar trailer hitch, panoramic sunroof, ABS brakes, steadiness management, six airbags   


Warranty: Five years/100,000km

Upkeep belief distance: Five years/100,000km

Brand: R1,421,752

Lease*: R30,302 a month

at 10% hobby over 60 months no deposit

Land Rover Defender 90 D300 X-Dynamic HSE 

We esteem:

Looks to be, tempo, economy, off-road capability

We abhor:

Rear blind space


A formidable life-style kit

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BMW X3 M40d, 240kW/680Nm — R1,218,478

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, 209kW/247Nm — R879,900

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 AMG, 287kW/520Nm — R1,255,640

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GX-R, 225kW/700Nm — R1,283,200

REVIEW | 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 oozes ruggedness and urban cool