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Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D300 2022 Review

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.

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.


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.

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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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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2022 Land Rover Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE D 300

Model Price $120,310 MLP* PAT $134,609 MLP*
Engine 3.0L inline 6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
Drivetrain Dual Range 4×4 8 speed Sports Auto
Power 221kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque 650Nm @ 1,500-2,500rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 7.9L/100km / 8.2L/100K on test / 89L
0-100kmh/Top Speed 7 secs / 191kmh
Servicing 5 Years/130,000 max kms (whichever occurs first) – $2,650
Warranty 5yr/ 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)

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 10
Towing / 4WD Ability 10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

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

Dimensions Defender 110 X-Dynamic

Overall Length / Wheelbase (mm) 5018 / 3022
Wheelbase 3022mm
Width / Height (mm) 2008 / 1967
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 228mm / 900mm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 89 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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Options: Price as Tested $134,609 MLP*

Family Pack: $4,796

Towing Pack: $4,044

Air Suspension Pack: $1,309

Off-Road Pack: $1,020

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