New Land Rover Defender 90 P400 2020 review
The smaller Land Rover Defender 90 P400 joins the range with mild-hybrid power
Mild-hybrid power comes with a hefty price premium in the Defender 90 – although any tick-every-box customers will love the X edition, its extensive equipment list and its scope for further personalization (and expenditure). Cheaper versions should be easier to recommend, nevertheless. The shorter Defender feels every bit as special as its 110 stablemate – and that middle front-row seat should help to make it practical enough for many buyers.
The Land Rover Defender has certainly been one of the biggest car launches of the past 12 months. But up to now it has been available only as the 110 model – a big, practical workhorse with stellar off-road ability, but not the three-door 90 that will account for many ‘urban’ sales.
So here, then, is the new Defender 90 – and in a spec and trim level that are bound to appeal to lifestyle customers more than farmers or vets. This is the P400, which has a new straight-six, mild-hybrid petrol engine producing 395bhp and 550Nm of torque – enough to take this 2.2-tonne SUV from 0-100kmh in a mere 5.7 seconds.
What’s more, our car is in top X trim – as it currently has to be, if you want the P400’s grunt. X sits above HSE in the line-up and includes everything from 20-inch dark-alloy wheels, premium cabin lighting and walnut veneer to a head-up display, darkened tail-lights and a Meridian sound system with 14 speakers and a subwoofer. Think of it as the Defender Bling