Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
4 minute read
22 Mar 2021
1:56 pm

Land Rover Defender raises the bar for off-roading 

Brendan Seery

The turbodiesel engine is perfect (with a beefy 177kW) for rock scrabbling but also has a decent turn of speed on tar.

An instructor calmly directs a Land Rover Defender with one tyre in the air along a rocky hill. Pictures: Howard Clelland

I am a coward when it comes to off-roading and I have an eerie feeling there must be some sort of artificial intelligence deep in the software of this new Land Rover (LR) Defender … because it’s now starting to mock me, vocally, for my “play it safe” attitude. As we approach the first nasty rocks on what used to be a road over Breedtsnek – on the border of Gauteng and North West – I bring the new Defender to a halt. I engage low range. I put the air suspension up to its fullest height of over 300mm....