Land Rover Defender Review & Ratings
- 9 September 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Land Rover Defender was first called a Land Rover Ninety and then later the Land Rover One Ten and comes from Britain. It is a 4 wheel drive vehicle designed for off road use. The first Land Rover series was launched in the year 1948. It was announced in October of 2013 that the Land Rover would stop being produced in December of 2015 after being produced for 67 years.
The off road SUV was first named the Defender ninety and the Defender One Ten starting in 1985. The names were given as the numbers represented the wheel bases for the 2 door and 4 door models. The numbers were rounded over to the nearest 10. The models were then changed to the numerical version 90 and 110 after the year 1991 and they are each still sold in Great Britain. These are the vehicles that are primarily used for the British Army, similar to the Humvee that is used in America.
The history of the Defender is mainly located in the United Kingdom and other places in the world. In the United States, the Defender is actually quite rare. It was only sold in low numbers for about four years. The requirements for airbags were ultimately the demise of the Land Rover Company being able to import the Defender. Since there were so few sold, trying to find one in the United States can take a bit of effort and time. However, for those who want a dedicated off road vehicle, this one is fit for a queen and is definitely worth the effort.
Most Recent Model
The Defender 90 Land Rover was a 2 door and it was sold in the years 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. The emissions requirements combined with the low sales were the reason that there was no model available in 1996. The Defender came in 2 body styles. The convertible style offered a second row bench seat as the standard and there was the option for a full soft top that had windows on the side that would roll up, a fastback soft top, and a Bikini style half top. You could also choose to not have a top at all. In the year 1995, the hardtop style made a reappearance. It featured a roof made out of aluminum and a sunroof. It also had a “safari cage” as well as 4 rear seats that faced towards the center. This allowed the vehicle to seat 6.
For the years 1994 and 1995, the Defender 90 used a 3.9 liter V8 engine. It drove a 4 wheel drive system that was connected to a 5 speed manual transmission. In the 1997 version the 4.0 liter aluminum V8 engine was used. It was paired with a 4 speed automatic transmission. The engine was not more powerful than the one before, but it provided a lower emissions rating, which allowed it to be sold in the United States once again.
On the inside the Defender is fairly bare. It has a simple dashboard that was designed in the middle of the 1980s. The cabin style is utilitarian and is designed so that it can easily be vacuumed after a trek through the mud. There are no airbags, even in the most recently updated versions that are sold outside of the United States. The lack of safety features and overall comfort does not make this a vehicle of choice for most. In addition, the Defender is very loud when going down the road.