Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D300 2022 Review

Is the Land Rover Defender any good

Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D300 – It’s not often I drive a car that costs around $134,000 and say that it’s actually really good value.

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Even less often when it’s a European brand. Yet that is exactly what I thought when I recently drove the Land Rover Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D 300. That’s a mouthful for a lot of car.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of the Latest defender and for good reason.

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The Defender 110 X-Dynamic version we drove comes with the 3.0L in line twin turbo six cylinder diesel engine with 221kW of power and 650Nm of torque and drives through a terrain response AWD system and an 8 speed AT. It also came with adaptive air suspension.

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Off road the Defender is excellent, it will take owners almost anywhere a sane driver wants to go with absolute comfort and ease.

On road its ride and dynamics are something that you would expect from a luxury European SUV, not a true 4WD.

It’s in the balance between these two competing requirements, off road handling and on road comfort that the Defender is class leading.

You have to drive the Defender to really understand just how good it is

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I’m Rob Fraser   2022 LR Defender 110 X Dynamic HSE D300 front grill bush

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Ride and Handling class leading
  • Interior comfort
  • 4WD Capability
  • Lacking a HUD
  • Auto Headlights but not high beam
  • 20 inch rims not the best off road

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Model   

2022 Land Rover Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D 300

Model Price$120,310 MLP* PAT $134,609 MLP*
Engine3.0L inline 6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
DrivetrainDual Range 4×4 8 speed Sports Auto
Power221kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque650Nm @ 1,500-2,500rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions207 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity7.9L/100km / 8.2L/100K on test / 89L
0-100kmh/Top Speed7 secs / 191kmh
Servicing5 Years/130,000 max kms (whichever occurs first) – $2,650
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

92/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance9
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose10
Towing / 4WD Ability10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity9
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions Defender 110 X-Dynamic

 
Overall Length / Wheelbase (mm)5018 / 3022
Wheelbase3022mm
Width / Height (mm)2008 / 1967
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 228mm / 900mm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle89 Litres / 12.84mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure (degrees)31.2 / 22.6 / 37.8
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload (kg)2405 / 3200 / 6700 / 795
Boot space Min / Max (L)1075 / 2380
Max Roof Load: (kg)168 (Dynamic), 300 (Static)
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating (kg)3500 / 350

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Some more Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D300 Thoughts

  • If I had to pick only one car and live with it then this would probably be it.
  • Every time I drive the Defender I am reminded of just how good the dynamics on road are.
  • Best in class on road and equal to anything off road.
  • The front seat comfort, relationship to the steering wheel and pedals and arm rests is the most comfortable I think of any car I’ve sat in.
  • When you compare it to equivalent LC 300 series its good value and that’s something I never thought I would say.
  • The 300 diesel engine delivers low torque and linear acceleration. Even though on paper it’s less than the LC 300 series, in reality the power and torque bands deliver real world efficiency.
  • The headlights both low and high beam are excellent
  • The internal design, especially the front dash and central console, for little storage areas is best in class,
  • Over bonnet visibility is particularly good
  • The third row seats are pretty useless, if you really must have them buy the 130 series
  • Like many European cars you have to turn the recycle function for the A/C on every time you start the engine.
  • The steering wheel controls for infotainment etc have a slight delay in response and unless you compensate for it you find yourself ahead of the buttons

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Options: Price as Tested $134,609 MLP*

Family Pack: $4,796

  • 3 Zone Climate Control
  • Air Quality Sensor
  • Cabin Air Ionisation with PM2.5 filter
  • Manual third row seats

Towing Pack: $4,044

  • Tow hitch receiver
  • Advanced Tow Assist
  • Terrain Response 2
  • All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC)
  • Configurable Terrain Response

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Air Suspension Pack: $1,309

  • Electronic Air Suspension
  • Adaptive Dynamics

Off-Road Pack: $1,020

  • Torque Vectoring by Braking
  • Domestic plug socket

Other options

  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror $1,274
  • Privacy glass $999
  • 20-inch Style 5094,
  • 5 spoke, Satin Dark Grey $520
  • Black contrast Signature Graphic (with interior storage) $337
  • 4″ Touchscreen NCO

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What features does the Defender 110 X-Dynamic Have?

Exterior

  • Style Premium LED headlights with signature DRL
  • Signature C-Pillar Graphic
  • Black contrast sliding panoramic roof
  • 20″ Style 5094, 5 spoke,
  • Satin Dark Grey with All Terrain Tyres
  • LED taillights
  • Heated, electric, power fold door mirrors with approach lights and auto-dimming driver side
  • 20” Full Size Spare Wheel
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-trap
  • Automatic Headlight Levelling
  • Front + Rear fog lights
  • Black exposed rear recovery eyes
  • Rear wash wiper
  • Alpine lights
  • Puddle lights
  • Side-hinged tailgate
  • Automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers
  • Follow me home lighting

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Interior

  • Extended Leather Upgrade
  • Cross Car Beam in Light Grey Powder Coat Brushed Finish
  • Ebony Morzine headlining
  • Premium Cabin Lighting Incl.
    • 10 Colour lighting:
    • Front & Rear Door Signature Lines,
    • Front & Rear Door Bin Illuminations,
    • IP Illumination,
    • Console cubby Illumination,
    • Upper Canopy Illumination.
    • White -Front Downlighter,
    • Front Footwell Illumination.
  • X-Dynamic Treadplate Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • 14-way heated and cooled electric memory front seats with 4-way manual headrests
  • Two-zone Climate Control
  • 40:20:40 Folding Rear Seats with Centre Armrest
  • Electrically Adjustable Steering Column
  • Auto dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Durable rubber cabin flooring
  • Durable rubber load space flooring
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Footwell lights
  • Front row lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Twin front cupholders with cover
  • Loadspace cover
  • Centre Console with Armrest

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Information, Communication & Entertainment

  • Pivi Pro (Connected)
  • Meridian™ Sound System Incl. 11 Speakers including Subwoofer, 400W amplifier power
  • Analogue Dials with Central TFT Display
  • Interactive Driver Display
  • WIRELESS Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • ALEXA Smart Assistant Voice Control
  • Online Pack with Data Plan
  • 4″ Touchscreen
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radio
  • Remote 12V power socket in loadspace
  • Trip computer

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Safety, Security & Driver Assistance

  • Keyless Entry & Button Push Start
  • 3D Surround Camera Incl.
    • Multi Camera View,
    • 360º View, 180º Rear View. Forward View,
    • Forward Traffic Detection and Vehicle Guidance,
    • Tow Hitch Assist and ClearSight Ground View)
  • 360° Parking Aid Rear
  • Collision Monitor – Incl.
    • Lane Keeping Aid,
    • Closing Vehicle Sensing,
    • Reverse Traffic Detection,
    • Rear Pre-Crash and Driver Initiated Evasive Steering Support
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Clear Exit Monitor
  • Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Traffic Monitor
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter
  • Customer Configurable Autolock
  • Power operated child locks
  • Driver Condition Monitor
  • Wade Sensing
  • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
  • Perimetric alarm
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Rear ISOFIX – Row 2 outboard seats.
  • Front airbags, with passenger seat occupant detector
  • 9.2/10
    Overall Rating - 9.2/10
9.2/10

Summary

Off road the Defender is excellent, it will take owners almost anywhere a sane driver wants to go with absolute comfort and ease.

On road its ride and dynamics are something that you would expect from a luxury European SUV, not a true 4WD.

It’s in the balance between these two competing requirements, off road handling and on road comfort that the Defender is class leading.

You have to drive the Defender to really understand just how good it is

About Rob Fraser 2466 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.