Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Gold 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 rear three-quarter

Should you buy a Land Rover Defender 90 SUV?

Yes. If you value off-road agility above outright carrying capacity and flexibility, or you crave a purposeful off-roader but parking space is at a premium, then the Defender 90 is peerless.

It’s a statement piece of a car, but its appeal is limited compared with the Defender 110’s which is why its larger twin still gets the overall nod from Parkers. Deeply desirable, yes, but you really have to want it and be prepared to put up with its compromises compared with the more practical 110.

What we like

We like the 90’s modern looks and how it feels relatively compact over the more family-friendly 110. Refinement and comfort levels are high, despite being more agile and this feels the most special out of the Defender range.

What we don’t like

There’s room for five, but not necessarily for all their luggage and cargo. Rear passenger will have a bit of a struggle getting in and out of the front doors as well.

Which version is best for you?

Standard equipment is generous on all models, and as easy as it may be to select all the optional extras, we’d recommend a degree of financial pragmatism: go for the mid-range D250 diesel engine, pick the well-appointed SE trim level and be sensible with the options. Our picks would be the glass or fabric roof, depending on your preference, air suspension and, if you off-road regularly, the active differential.

Plusher than Toyota’s SWB Land Cruiser, significantly more civilised than the two-door Jeep Wrangler, the Land Rover Defender 90 is the best of the breed – albeit one that’s an endangered species in this compact form.

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