2007 Land Rover Defender | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by
2007 Land Rover Defender review
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 125,000 - AED 138,000
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  • Interior/Exterior
    Editor: 45%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 55%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Safety
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The World War II veteran continues to live based on its legendary ruggedness and off road capabilities. The 2007 Defender is one of the most rugged, go anywhere SUVs in the market, but all that comes at the cost of creature comforts.

Pros

Go anywhere, rugged, off road capable SUV in true sense
Legendary, somewhat charismatic personality

Cons

Uncomfortable on-road ride
Basic design and creature comforts
Dated styling
Comes only with a Diesel engine in the Middle East - not an ideal choice

The 2007 Land Rover Defender is a true expedition vehicle, popularized in generations of movies and real life adventures – including a round-the-world adventure a few years ago.

Although the Land Rover Defender has been developed and upgraded many times since its introduction as a post World War II ‘go-anywhere vehicle’, it maintains that ‘retro’ look of the earlier models. The 2007 Land Rover Defender has undergone a series of recent upgrades that have improved driver and passenger comfort, as well as appointments within what had remained a purely utility shell for several decades. Now it benefits from central locking, electric front windows, improved climate control, ventilation and fascia.

There is a choice of three wheelbase lengths, 90, 110 and 130 inches, and a wide range of body styles, from pickup truck to hard top, double cab, crew cab and station wagon. A hugely adaptive vehicle, the Defender can be converted for use as a fire tender, ambulance and semi-armoured vehicle.

In the Middle East, the 2007 Land Rover Defender is powered by the well-proven 2.5-litre Td5 direct injection diesel engine, which produces 122bhp and 300Nm of torque, coupled with a standard five-speed manual transmission for optimum performance on and off road. For even greater control, there is a dual range transfer box that gives the driver ten forward and two reverse gears for tackling the most adverse terrain.

Key Specifications

Body Type

4X4

Price (in AED)

125,000-138,000

Engine Size (litre)

2.5D

Power (bhp)

122

Torque (Nm)

300

Transmission

5A

Also look at: MercedesBenz G-Class, Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Patrol

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