Land Rover Defender – 7 Seat 4WD
The Land Rover Defender is a tribute to the Land Rover’s of old, when the cars were designed to actually go off road and not just help ferry children about on the school run. Because of this the Land Rover Defender is lacking some of the aesthetic touches that other, road going 7 seater cars have, looking boxy and simple. It’s on road performance too suffers when compared to other models, however when taken off road there is nothing that can touch it in terms of performance.
Land Rover Defender – Purchase Price
A basic Land Rover Defender, such as the Defender 90 Pick Up 2 door model, will set you back £19,755, while more advanced models such as the Defender 110 XS Station Wagon will cost upwards of £30,000.
The servicing on a Land Rover Defender needs to be undertaken every 12 months or 12,000 miles. This can be an expensive process as full services can cost upwards of £350, although prices do vary nationally so it may be best to check with local garages and explore service plans to keep the cost down.
Land Rover Defender – Car Tax (VED)
Despite being driven by a handy 2.4ltr diesel engine, the Land Rover Defender is a relatively uneconomical car in terms of emissions. All of the models emit between 266g/km and 295g/km of CO2, placing the Defender into Band M. This leaves it liable to a hefty £435 annual road tax for 2010\2011 and an expensive £950 showroom fee.
Land Rover Defender – Fuel Economy (MPG)
The Land Rover Defender is also rather wasteful with fuel, as an economy of just over 20mpg for urban roads and 29mpg over more open terrain only gives an average fuel consumption of 25mpg.
The Land Rover Defender finds itself ranked between insurance groups 12 to 14, depending on the model. More Land Rover Insurance quotes can be obtained from our Auto Insurancepage.
Land Rover Defender – Safety Features
Where the Land Rover Defender falls down the hardest as an every day 7 seater car is in it’s safety features. Although the sturdy build which is inherent to a Land Rover will ensure a basic level of protection in the event of an accident, some key safety features are not available. These include all air bags, side impact bars and Isofix points, while other features such as ABS and traction control are expensive upgrades on cheaper models. Electric mirrors, power seats, automatic transmissions, Bluetooth compatibility and a Sat Nav system are also not available throughout the range.
Land Rover Defender – Conclusion
The Land Rover Defender’s engine gives a poor performance by traditional standards, taking 14.7s to reach 60mph and only managing a top speed of 82mph, however it’s huge power means that it can easily tow trailers and caravans as well as go off road without a problem.
Make no mistake about it, the Land Rover Defender 7 seater is not a traditional family car thanks to it it’s awful economy and lousy safety features. However, for a family who likes to get off the beaten track and explore the wilderness, there won’t be a better 7 seaters model on the market for it’s performance and stability truly off road.