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

Land Rover claims its new PiviPro infotainment system (above) is both more intuitive and easier to use than the sometimes frustrating kit featured in recent JLR models, using a 10.0-inch central touchscreen with voice control compatibility. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also supported. We can confirm that this is indeed true, being both swift to respond and simple to master.

Immediately ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch configurable set of electronic instruments 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.

Complementing those trims are four option bundles, 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.

Also new is 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.

Is it comfortable?

  • Impressive seat comfort, front and rear
  • Soft ride and impresive body control
  • Middle-front seat also available, it's not so comfortable

The new Defender rides superbly on- and off-road. Those big air springs, long travel suspension, high profile tyres and stiff body all contribute to a ride that is both composed and cushioned in a way you'd normally expect with an executive saloon. 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 badge. 

An optional pair of rear seats – turning the 110 into a seven seater (or an eight seater, including central front seat) – are very much short distance or children-only. If you want a spacious seven-seat Land Rover, buy the big Discovery. Which, incidentally, is built in the same Slovakian factory that produces the new Defender. As a nod to the past, a third ‘central’ seat is available, although it’s not a great place to spend long journeys.

As with the exterior, the cabin has a simple and functional design. It includes grab handles, exposed screw heads, a big magnesium 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.