"I never drove it on pavement." That's the first thing Emme Hall told me when she got back fromearlier this year -- you know, back when traveling was still a thing. Indeed, Emme's weeklong safari through Namibia put the Defender's impressive off-road chops in the spotlight. But as I discovered over the course of a few days at home in Los Angeles, the Defender's a damn fine SUV for urban life, too.
Of course, I'm printing that alongside a bunch of photos of a dirty Defender that were clearly shot at an off-road park. But like, how could I not off-road this thing? I'll let Land Rover's new SUV handles the rough stuff, though I will say the Defender had no trouble handling the same tricky trails I , and all I had to do was raise the air suspension and shuffle through the various off-road modes.get into the nitty-gritty details about how
The first round of Defenders to hit the US will be the four-door 110 version seen here; bigger than you might think. It has an imposing presence on the street and my first thought upon climbing inside is, wow, this is roomy., and it'll have a 2021 model year designation. Personally, I'm all about the 90, mostly because I've got a soft spot for stubby, two-door SUVs. The 110, meanwhile, is actually
The Good ~ Unstoppable off-road ability ~ Classic style with a modern touch ~ Lots of room for passengers and cargo ~ Punchy 3.0-liter mild-hybrid I6
The Bad ~ New infotainment tech is still touch-and-go ~ Vague steering feel ~ Poor fuel economy
The Bottom Line Land Rover's new Defender is as capable on-road as it is when the going gets tough.
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