Land Rover Defender
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 Land Rover Defender is a great choice, but it's expensive to buy and to run, noisy inside and not very comfortable to drive.
- Strong residual values
- Go-anywhere ruggedness
- Iconic looks provide decent interior space
- Interior plastics are hard and cheap-looking
- Exceptionally crude to drive
- Neither cheap to buy or run
It'll carry you, your passengers and your luggage across inhospitable terrain to almost any destination in the world. What's more, you can buy it in almost any body style: from a pickup to a double cab to a fully fitted ambulance. You'd never describe the Defender as luxurious, nor is it easy or relaxing to drive. Despite its practicality, it's not a particularly sensible family car, either, as there are no airbags and it's very noisy on long journeys. Three models are available: the four-seat, three-door 90, the seven-seat, five-door 110 and the even larger 130.