Jonny Smith gets to grips with not one, but two Land Rover Defenders as he finds out if cars from opposite ends of the Defender spectrum are really that different.
When it comes to performance, Jonny discovers the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid Defender PHEV is only a fraction slower from 0-60mph than the mighty 525hp V8 version. However, they go about their business in very different ways on the road, though both can tackle any off-road terrain they encounter on their Continental CrossContact RX tyres.
With an EV range of up to 70 miles, the Defender PHEV is aimed at drivers who spend time in town, while Jonny reckons the V8 is designed for long established Land Rover fans.
Yet the two are both superb SUVs that can cover big miles in refined comfort or tow heavy trailers with ease. With few rivals when it comes to looks, heritage and ability, there’s a choice to be made between these very different Land Rover Defenders. Ride along with Jonny as he decides which one is best, and it might just surprise you which one gets his vote.
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