The Land Rover Defender is a British institution, an iconic vehicle that has an amazing and deserved reputation for its off-road ability. Launched in 1948, it's been around for a long time, and it's very crude to drive on the road. If you really, really need something to get you into the wildest of wilds on a daily basis then the Defender is a great choice, but it's expensive to buy and to run, noisy inside and not very comfortable to drive.
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The Land Rover Discovery 4 aims to offer something special to every driver: it's a comfortable luxury car, a convenient family hatchback and a serious off-road machine all at once. And very good at all those things it is, too. It's big and expensive, but its quality, luxury and comfort easily match the price. The latest model is so good and so comfortable it could just as easily be badged as a Range Rover.
Price £38,825 - £57,775
With its chunky styling, The Land Rover Freelander 2 looks like a junior Discovery 4. This gives it real credibility among rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Add Land Rover's legendary reputation for producing rugged off-road vehicles and it's clear why the Freelander 2 still appeals when faced with newer German rivals. Fine to drive on-road and very capable off it, the Freelander 2 is a brilliant all-rounder, though it's not exactly what we would describe as cheap.
Price £23,700 - £39,805
As much a rival to the Mercedes S-Class as it is a challenge to capable off-roaders like the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Range Rover is the car that other 4x4s aspire to be. It's been in production now for four decades - which has given it a serious pedigree and a loyal customer base. Comfortable, responsive and surprisingly agile on the road, it's also easily one of the most competent off-roaders on sale too. The wood, leather and metal trimmed interior is pure luxury, and rivals have a hard time matching it when to comes to the quality of the car's finish.
Price £71,295 - £87,895
Range Rover's Evoque has rewritten the 4x4 rulebook. It delivers the emissions of a supermini and the sharp handling of a sports coupé, but still manages to be as smooth and comfortable as Range Rover's larger models. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is efficient, too, returning close to 50mpg. The car is impressive around town, off-road and on long journeys, while the sharp looks mean you won’t go unnoticed, either.
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Price £29,195 - £45,920
The Range Rover Sport is a very versatile car. The Sport condenses the essence of the Range Rover into a more driver-oriented package, but it's still very good off-road. If you can live with the extrovert styling, it's a versatile luxury family car. Admittedly, it does have a thirst for fuel - especially the insanely powerful Supercharged petrol model. Unless you really feel the need for supercar rivalling acceleration, go for the entry level diesel. It's powerful and more fuel efficient.