Land Rover Defender 110 P400 S 2021 Radio Review

Land Rover Defender Completely different to the Old Defender

Land Rover has brought back the Defender and thankfully its nothing like the old one While the all new Defender retains definite design homage to the original, it’s completely different. And that is a good thing.

Land Rover Defender P400 S frontThe old Defender was a beast off road in its 4WD capability and a beast on road with atrocious dynamics and comfort.

Land Rover Defender P400 S interior

The new Defender has a quite appealing practical design and an exceptionally comfortable interior with a feeling of space.

The layout of the instruments is clear and easy to read. There is an abundance of storage spaces and the centrally mounted transmission lever and control panel is excellent.

Land Rover Defender P400 S 4WD Controls

The real core of the new Defender is its effortless capability off road combined with its surprisingly good on road dynamics.

Off road we drove it on rutted slippery slopes that would have many a 4WD sliding everywhere and it simply dug in and went about its business.

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On road the Defender handles almost as well as a Range Rover Sport. Even on heavy duty all terrains it is quiet and smooth like an upmarket SUV.

We drove the P400 S with a bunch of options and the price as tested was a touch over $118,000 plus the usual costs.

Im Rob Fraser

Land Rover Defender P400 S profile

What is good?

  • Class leading dynamics
  • Practical 4wd control panel
  • 4WD and towing capability

What is not so good?

  • No HUD
  • Manual mode transmission counter intuitive
  • Bewildering range and options list

Land Rover Defender P400 S screen

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 Land Rover Defender P400 S rear

Model   

Land Rover Defender 110 P400 S

Model Price $95,335 MLP*
Engine 3.0L inline 6 Cyl Turbo.
Drivetrain Terrain Response 2 4×4 8 speed Auto
Power 294kW at 5,500rpm
Torque 550 Nm @ 2.000-5,000rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 235 g/km
Economy ADR 9.9 L/100km
Tow Capacity 3500 Kg
Tow Ball Rating 350 kg
Payload 872 Kg
Servicing TBA
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km with 3 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

 

Overall Rating    

90/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing Ability 10
Off Road Capability 10
Value for Money 9

 Land Rover Defender P400 S wading depth

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5018mm, (4758mm excl rear wheel)
Wheelbase 3022mm
Width / Height 2008mm / 1967mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 291mm / 900mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles 38 degrees / 28 degrees / 40 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 90 Litres / 12.84mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 2293kg / 872kg / 3165kg / 6665KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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Land Rover Defender 110 P400 S
  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Perfromance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Towing Ability - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Off Road Ablilty - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
9.0/10

Summary

The real core of the new Defender is its effortless capability off road combined with its surprisingly good on road dynamics.

About Rob Fraser 1800 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.