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Land Rover Defender 110 D250 4WD 2021 Review

Land Rover Defender has been an icon for decades basically because it was a utilitarian 4WD that went almost everywhere and had a myriad of fans, even the Queen of England has been famously seen driving one around her farm.

 But let’s be honest, the old model was an ergonomic nightmare. Enter the new model that was launched in Australia in August 2020 but in petrol mode only.

Well this week I’ve been driving the base model, with a few options of course with a diesel engine and it’s still just as awesome as the petrol models.


The D250 comes with a 3.0L Twin Turbo In-line 6 Cylinder Diesel MHEV (Mild Hybrid) engine that produces power of 183kW @ 4,000 rpm and torque of 570Nm @ 1,250-2,250 rpm. This drives all four wheels through an 8 speed AT.

It comes with Land Rovers Terrain Response2 system and optional air suspension and as you would expect it’s off road capability is prodigious.

However it’s on road where the Defender excels. It has on road ride that few true 4WD wagons can match. In fact the only ones that do come from the Land Rover stable.

The new Defender is priced from $82,466 plus the usual costs but that price can rapidly escalate with options. It is however currently their bestselling model.

Some other Defender Reviews

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Defender is actually very cool
  • On Road ride
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • Not a fan of the front jump seat
  • Long and expensive options list
  • Central controls a little stretch for driver

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Land Rover Defender 110 D250 4WD

Model Price From $82,466 MLP* Price-As-Tested: $99,596 MLP*
Engine 3.0L Twin Turbo straight Six MHEV Diesel
Drivetrain Terrain Response 2 4WD 8 speed Auto
Power 183kW @ 4,000 rpm
Torque 570Nm @ 1,250-2,250 rpm
Safety Five Star  ANCAP (tested 2020)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
0-100kmh / top speed 8.3 Secs / 188 kmh
Economy ADR / Tank 7.9 L/100km 8.9 L/100km over our test / 89L
Servicing Service Plans: 5 Years/130,000 max kms (whichever first) – $2650
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.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD Ability / Towing 10
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9


Overall Length 5018mm
Wheelbase 3022mm
Width / Height 2008mm / 1967mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 218mm / 900mm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 89 Litres / 12.84mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees 30.1 / 22 / 37.7
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2347kg / 32005kg / 6700kg / 953kg
Max Roof Load: 168kg (Dynamic), 300kg (Static)
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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