Land Rover Defender review - Reliability and safety
We’d expect Land Rover’s toughest 4x4 to be supremely reliable, while safety shouldn’t be an issue.
From just looking at the chunky, robust design, you could easily draw the conclusion that the Defender is virtually unbreakable. And, to live up to its name, it has to show excellent reliability in all conditions. It’s too early to draw definite conclusions in this area, but customers will expect a 4x4 they can depend on.
Customer feedback from our latest Driver Power survey delivers a mixed bag of results. Land Rover finished in 25th place out of 30 manufacturers, with owners praising the brand’s styling, practicality and safety credentials. The downside is overall reliability, with over a third of customers experiencing a fault with their vehicle in the past year. The Defender cannot afford to fail in this vitally important area.
The Defender comes with a host of safety kit and active systems designed to help avoid a collision. Land Rover has clearly got this vitally important area well sorted, as Euro NCAP awarded the Defender a full five-star rating.
Standard equipment includes a 3D surround camera, cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, Auto Emergency Braking and Traffic Sign Recognition. Higher-spec models include a blind-spot warning and a rear-traffic monitoring function.
Land Rover offers a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, with the option to extend cover, at extra cost, for up to ten years and 100,000 miles.
Land Rover offers individual fixed-price Service Plans. You can either pay monthly or as a one-off payment and, if you decide to sell your vehicle, any remaining Service Plan balance can be transferred to a new model or refunded.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Land Rover Defender is superbly designed, exceptionally well-engineered and still retains its famous go-anywhere ability.
- 2Engines, performance and driveLand Rover has equipped the Defender with a strong range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsNew powertrains and modern tech do their best, but the Defender isn’t the greenest machine and will cost a lot to run.
- 4Interior, design and technologyImpressively designed, well-equipped and with the latest on-board tech, the Defender is a thoroughly modern 4x4.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe new Defender is arguably the ultimate 4x4, with comfort and refinement now on a different level.
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingWe’d expect Land Rover’s toughest 4x4 to be supremely reliable, while safety shouldn’t be an issue.