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Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon XS Spec

Nearly 70 years young – The Defender can still handle it

Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon XS Spec

What is it?

MOVE over for the redoubtable Land-Rover Defender 90, the 4×4 icon that’s ready for anything the world can throw at it.

Yes, the Defender, the modern incarnation of the original 1948 Land-Rover, is still alive and well, although with production set to end in Solihull this December,  the finishing line seems to be within sight, marking the end of a legendary run.

On top is one of the most recognisable shapes in motordom today

As the countdown to the ‘new’ Defender gets under way, happily the original can still be bought in a multitude of forms (13 different body variations in all) with this 90 Station Wagon and longer wheelbase 110 leading the way. Underneath, the much loved L-R workhorse formula remains the same as ever, built up around that massively strong 4×4 chassis, designed for the most inhospitable of all-terrain driving conditions.

On top is one of the most recognisable shapes in motordom today. Inside, the square-rigged Defender 90 is as tough, simple and unremittingly utilitarian as ever: rubber mats and few frills although Land Rover does seem to be on board with the trend for luxury Defenders, as our test car’s shapely Ebony/Pimento contrast leather premium seats and uprated audio system go to show.

Equipped with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel and heavy duty 6-speed manual box, this Defender Station Wagon XS comes with a P11D rating of £30,225. Although the Defender has a huge and dedicated fan base, this Ancient Briton would probably not be most people’s idea of an ideal company car.
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