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Defenders, like most Land Rovers and Jaguars, are mysterious creatures and don’t expect them to be flashy with any kind of insignia.

Our powerful new wheels arrived, and the only thing that was obvious was that it’s powerful and could go anywhere you point it. Soon you discover that the 400W Meridian sound system Sound System with ten speakers plus a subwoofer is way more than you would ever need, but if you’re heading to an open-air music concert powered by Eskom, you may just become the new best friend of the DJ.

Whether you use Android or Apple CarPlay, everything works perfectly; so no hunting for signals is required. A rather understated badge mentioned the top line X Spec, which meant there is not possibly something you could want on top of that.

In standard format, the 228mm ground clearance with short overhangs could deal with any conceivable obstacle; however, an air suspension could raise the bar significantly. The 90 is my personal favourite as we don’t generally carry passengers, so the two-door option and superb break-over angles left nothing to wish for. And it is seriously sexy and most likely will have a better trade value should you wish to break your heart one day. Besides, you get used to silly things like Automatic headlight levelling and 12-way electric memory front seats.

The best characteristic of the 90 is the fact that it is incredibly manoeuvrable, and parking it is easier than parking a small hatch.

Visually striking and from an impressive command position, there is nothing that you would not see. Besides, other cars tend to be respectful and keep a safe distance.



Turbocharged Diesel 6-Cylinder Inline 2996 cc


221 kW @ 4000 rpm


650 Nm @1500 rpm


0-100km/h 6,7 sec

Top Speed

191 km/h

Overall Fuel Consumption

9,1 lt/100 km

Load Capacity

176-1152 lt

Turning Circle

11,3 m

Ground Clearance

 226 mm


2377 kg


R1 471 405

5-year/100 000 km Service Plan



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