Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy a Land Rover Defender 90 SUV?

Yes. If you value off-road agility about 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.

But, if you do, we’d recommend a degree of financial pragmatism: go for the mid-range D250 diesel engine, pick the well-appointed X-Dynamic 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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