Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Comfortable suspension on all roads
  • Seats are excellent front and rear
  • Build quality and solidity up to scratch

How is the quality and layout?

As with the exterior, the cabin has a simple and appealing design. It includes grab handles, exposed screw heads, a big painted bulkhead that is part of both the dash and body structure, and visible bolts that affix the door and boot trim. Plastics and upholstery are of high standard: wood and leather are offered. Rubber flooring completes the adventurous off-road biased design theme.

There are four option bundles available, combining a range of extras that Land Rover believes customers would benefit from specifying together. In summary, these comprise of:

  • Explorer Pack – a raised air intake, a lightweight expedition roof rack, bodyside-mounted gear equipment lockers, mud flaps, wheelarch protectors and a matte black bonnet finish 
  • Adventure Pack – a 6.5-litre pressurised rinse system to wash-down muddy kit, a boot-mounted air compressor and those side-mounted gear carriers are combined with a rear scuff plate and a 20-litre wearable backpack that fits to the back of a seat 
  • Country Pack – the rinse system, mud flaps and wheelarch protection are paired with a full-height boot partition to keep dirty equipment away from the passenger compartment 
  • Urban Pack – designed to cut a dash in the city with bright interior and exterior detailing and alloy wheels up to 22 inches in diameter.

Infotainment and tech

The Defender’s Pivi Pro infotainment system is easy to use, quick and good to look at. As standard, the Defender has a curved 11.4-inch touchscreen, with navigation, voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Immediately ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch configurable set of electronic instruments that can be combined with an updated head-up display system, while aids such as self-parking, adaptive cruise control and ClearSight Rear View – which turns the rear-view mirror into a display screen to provide an unfettered representation of what’s behind the car – make it even easier to live with.

There’s also an updated version of the wearable activity key that now sports an LCD watch – locking and unlocking the Defender can be done remotely simply by pressing a button on the watch itself.

Comfort

  • Excellent seat comfort, front and rear
  • Middle-front seat also available, it’s not so comfortable
  • Somewhere for the driver to put their right elbow, unlike the original

Front seat comfort is excellent, and the Defender 110 is as at home on the motorway as it is running across ploughed fields and rutted tracks – a true departure for a car wearing the Defender badge.

On cars fitted with the optional third row of seats, passengers get their own air vents and and an elastic strap to hold their phone in place beside a power socket. That said, one of them will have to sit beside the sound system’s subwoofer, which may act as a nice armrest at first, but could potentially cause a headache on a longer journey.