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The Defender 130 super-sizes Land Rover's offering when it comes to the brand's most iconic model. In one of these, eight people can be taken, well, almost anywhere. At last, really huge families have an alternative to a large van-based MPV.


Land Rover's Defender 130 offers a unique option for well-heeled large families. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Defender 130 super-sizes Land Rover's offering when it comes to the brand's most iconic model. In one of these, eight people can be taken, well, almost anywhere. At last, really huge families have an alternative to a large van-based MPV.


Symmetry has returned to the Land Rover Defender line-up. This iconic 4x4 was traditionally offered in three body styles in its original form - 90, 110 and 130. It is again - with the addition of the lengthier Defender 130 model we look at here, the first SUV in Europe capable of carrying more than seven occupants. That gives this car a useful advantage over its two obvious segment rivals, both seven-seaters, the Mercedes GLS and the BMW X7. And it's all been achieved, says Land Rover, without any real compromise to this model's traditional off-road ability. Uber-large very well-heeled families should form an orderly queue.

Driving Experience

Land Rover says that this Defender 130 model's off-road ability is uncompromised. That's not quite true. This eight-seat variant's departure angle of 28.5-degrees is quite a bit different to the 40-degree reading of a Defender 110, but you'd still go further off the beaten track in one of these than you could in any obvious rival. On the road in a Defender 130 of course, you won't notice any difference at all compared to a Defender 110. Well not until you come to reverse into a tight-ish parking space anyway. Engine-wise, the range is fundamentally built around three MHEV mild hybrid 3.0-litre straight six cylinder powerplants mated to 8-speed auto transmission. The diesel offering is the D300, which as the numerals suggest offers 300PS and has 650Nm of torque. The two petrol offerings are the P300 with 300PS and 470Nm of torque; and the P400, with 400PS and 550Nm of torque. Under the skin, as with every Defender, the architecture is fundamentally the same as that which features on the current Discovery. But this 4x4 rides on reinforced suspension with greater travel and there's more ground clearance too. Air suspension is standard on the Defender 130. And as of course you'd expect, there's permanent 4WD, along with a Terrain Response system allowing you to set the car up for various driving conditions - or you can simply select an automatic setting and let the Defender handle everything for you. Plus it'll wade through water up to 900mm deep. Try doing that in a Merc GLS or a BMW X7.

Design and Build

With the original Defender 130, extra body length was added between the wheels. Here though, an extra 340mm of length has been added behind the rear axle, creating a not-insubstantial total body length of 5,358mm; smaller parking spaces will no longer cut it. This approach means that the 130 variant is identical to the usual Defender 110 ahead of the C-pillar. Behind that though, a huge amount of extra space has been freed up - enough to take three adults in the third row, rather than the two you can fit in with the optional third row seating available for the 110 model. That 110 variant's optional extra middle front row seat isn't available here, which would have meant potential space for nine, but room for eight - two at the front, three in the middle and three at the very rear - is unique enough in this segment. There's the option of deleting third row seating for 130 customers, but we can't really see why you'd do that unless you really were completely focused on luggage space. That's substantial, even if you have all available seats fitted. With the second and third rows folded, there's an enormous 2,516-litres of load space, 953-litres more than can be offered by the 110 model in the same configuration. Only big van-based MPVs can match that. Even better news is that the sliding/folding middle row makes access to the very back easy and the boxy shape means that fully grown adults can be accommodated there for reasonable distances. Up-front, there are the usual classy Defender driving controls and high-set seating position. And the middle row bench of course, slides back and forth.

Market and Model

Prices for the Defender 130 start from around £74,000, but for the diesel most will probably want, you'll need to think in terms of paying from around £80,000 upwards. There are three primary trim levels in the mainstream range - 'HSE', 'X-Dynamic' and 'X'. Think in terms of needing to find a premium of around £10,000 over an equivalent Defender 110. Standard equipment across the 130 range includes keyless entry. And the brand's 'Cabin Air Purification Plus' package, which combines 'nanoe X' technology for allergen reduction and pathogen removal, to help significantly reduce odours and viruses. In addition, CO2 Management and PM2.5 Cabin Air Filtration improve the cabin environment by monitoring interior and exterior air and adjusting accordingly, ensuring occupants experience the best available air quality. Also standard is a large 11.4-inch Pivi Pro centre-dash touchscreen, allowing enhanced control over the vehicle's core functions via a crisp and intuitive display. The curved glass interface provides fast, state-of-the-art functionality and is responsive as soon as the vehicle is started, with a simple menu structure and software 'over-the-air' capability so it's always up to date. Most of the same options feature on this lengthened body style as with an ordinary 90 or 110 version, but the Defender 130 has its own colour palette, with an extra 'Sedona Red' option for those who want to stand out. The exterior can be embellished with an optional 'Extended Bright Pack' which provides a distinct exterior design with Ceres Silver Satin finish around all lower body cladding and front and rear skid plates in Noble Chrome.

Cost of Ownership

There's isn't much of an efficiency downside in choosing a Defender 130 over a Defender 110. The Defender 130 D300 diesel manages 31.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 235g/km of CO2. The equivalent 110 D300 manages 32.0mpg and 232g/km. You'll gather from this that the MHEV mild hybrid tech doesn't help you very much in terms of running cost efficiency. And it doesn't help you much with the Defender 130 P300 and P400 petrol models either. These both manage no better than 24.5mpg on the combined cycle and 261g/km of CO2. What's really needed is the Plug-In Hybrid powertrain you can get combined with petrol power on the Defender 110, but as yet, there's no sign of this being offered with this lengthened model. Like all Defenders before it, this one will enjoy healthy residual values, buoyed by a strong rural market, easy parts availability and a vibrant owners' community. Insurance is reasonable although VED tax will sting a little. That only leaves the warranty, an unremarkable three year unlimited mileage deal. Also included is European cover and a promise to get you on your way as soon as possible in your own car or in a loan vehicle if the required repair will take longer than four hours.


We've long said that there's nothing quite like a Land Rover Defender. And there's certainly nothing quite like a Defender 130. We're disappointed the brand didn't take the opportunity to be even more unique and offer seating for nine here, but for most target customers, this eight-seater will be special enough. With a very big family, having eight pews (rather than the seven seats that rivals provide) may well make all the difference for trips out with friends or the inclusion of granny on the weekend garden centre jaunt. And those passengers won't be rather squashed inside army-style, as they were with the original Defender 130; there's real luxury here this time around. And real luxury six-figure prices to go with it. If, somehow, that fails to put you off from the rather pleasant prospect of owning one of these, then a rather unique ownership experience awaits.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti-trap

  • Brake hold function
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Low traction launch
  • Emergency braking
  • Electric parking brake (EPB)
  • Hill launch assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme + traction control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • HDC - Hill descent control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Adaptive dynamics
  • Electronic air suspension

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth system

  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • 360 degree parking aid
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Wade Sensing
  • Blind spot assist
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • 3D Surround Camera with 360 View, 180 Rear View, Front Traffic Detection, Forward Vehicle Guidance, Tow Hitch Assist and clear sight Ground View
  • Rear collision monitor

  • Push button start
  • Assisted tailgate with soft close

  • 11.4" touchscreen
  • Connected navigation pro
  • Clear exit monitor
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Trip computer

  • Electric heated/power fold door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side

  • Pivi pro connected
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

  • Black roof rails
  • Sliding panoramic roof
  • X-Dynamic badge
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Side hinged tailgate

  • Follow me home lighting
  • Centre high mounted stop light
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Puddle lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling

  • Air quality sensor
  • Electric cabin pre conditioning
  • Cabin Air Purification plus

  • Loadspace Hook
  • Durable rubber cabin flooring
  • Durable rubber loadspace flooring
  • Storage glovebox
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Loadspace cover
  • Electric reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Extended leather upgrade
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses
  • Twin front cupholders with cover
  • 12V power socket in loadspace

  • Rear reading lights
  • Footwell lights
  • Premium cabin lighting
  • Alpine lights

  • Online pack with data plan - Defender
  • Non-smoker package

  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • RSC - Roll stability control
  • Power operated child locks
  • TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system)
  • Customer configurable autolock
  • Front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Remote for (e-Call,Optimised assistance call,InControl app,Climate,beep and flash and door)

  • Standard seat configuration
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 14 way heated and cooled electric adjustable memory front seats with 4 way manual headrests
  • Rear ISOFIX
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Front passenger isofix child seat attachment
  • Rear headrests

  • Keyless entry
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Alarm
  • Intrusion sensor

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Twin speed transfer box
  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • All wheel drive system

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • All season tyres

  • Body coloured spare wheel cover

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 244
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 232

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 2996
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 30.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 9.3

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: True
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 79
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: X-Dynamic HSE 130
  • Coin Description: D300
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 119
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 66.3
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 479
  • Engine Torque - NM: 650
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE STYLE 5098

  • Length: 5358
  • Width: 2008
  • Wheelbase: 3022
  • Width (including mirrors): 2105
  • Height: 1970
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1094
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 830
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2550
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3380
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 89
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2078
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.8

  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • Ebony carpet mats: Included
  • Lunar carpet mats: £0

  • Terrain Response: Included

  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £460
  • Less CE Device Charging: Included

  • Interactive driver display: Included
  • Analogue dials with central TFT display: £0
  • Head up Display: £1,080

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £630

  • Natural smoked dark oak veneer: £355
  • Natural light oak veneer: £355
  • Rough cut Walnut veneer: £355
  • Robustec veneer: £355

  • Meridian 400w sound audio system with 11 speakers and subwoofer: Included
  • Meridian 700w surround sound audio system with 15 speakers: £630

  • Black contrast Signature Graphic (with interior storage): £155
  • Signature graphic (with interior storage): Included
  • Satin Protective Film: £3,775
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with brand name script: £260
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Black contrast roof: Included
  • Body coloured roof: £0
  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,800
  • X dynamic tread plates: Included

  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL: £760
  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL: Included
  • Auto high beam assist: Included

  • Four zone climate control: £300
  • Three-zone Climate Control with Rear Cooling Assist: Included

  • LESS Wireless charger: Included
  • Resist gearshift: £0
  • Loadspace partition net: £105
  • Standard interior: £0
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: £0
  • Ebony morzine headlining: Included
  • Leather steering wheel: £100
  • Leather gearshift: Included
  • Centre console with armrest: Included
  • Resist seats and Robustek upholstery: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek upholstery: Included
  • Standard leather steering wheel: Included
  • Premium non-leather steering wheel: £0

  • X-Dynamic exterior pack - Defender: Included
  • Advanced Off road capability pack - Defender/S/SE/HSE 110: £1,070
  • Cold climate Pack - Defender HSE/X: £260
  • Comfort and convenience Pack - Defender X: £800
  • Extended black exterior pack - Defender X-Dynamic: £975
  • Off Road Pack without terrain tyres - Defender: £1,120
  • Towing Pack 2 - Defender: £1,415

  • Metallic - Pangea green: £895
  • Metallic - Gondwana stone: £895
  • Metallic - Tasman blue: £895
  • Metallic - Lantau bronze: £895
  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £895
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £895
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £895
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £895

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £1,800
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £1,800

  • Cross car beam in dark grey powder coat brushed finish: £180
  • Cross car beam in light grey powder coat brushed finish: Included

  • 60:40 folding load through heated rear seats with manual slide and recline and centre armrest: £300
  • 60:40 folding load through rear seats with manual slide and recline and centre armrest: Included

  • Secure tracker pro: £340

  • Detachable towbar: £780

  • Electronic active differential with brake torque vectoring: £1,020

  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Light Oyster headlining: £0
  • Resist seats and Robustek - Acorn/Lunar, Acorn/Lunar colourway, Light Oyster headlining: £0
  • Resist seats and Robustek - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Resist seats and Robustek - Acorn/Lunar, Acorn/Lunar colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Vintage tan/Ebony, Vintage tan/Ebony colourway, Light Oyster headlining: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Light oyster/Lunar, Lunar/Lunar colourway, Light Oyster headlining: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Vintage tan/Ebony, Vintage tan/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Windsor leather and Robustek - Light oyster/Lunar, Lunar/Lunar colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Resist seats and Robustek - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Light Oyster headlining: £0

  • 20" 5 spoke alloy wheels with Polished silver - Style 5098: £525
  • 20" 5 spoke alloy wheels with Satin dark grey finish - Style 5094: £525
  • 19" 6 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss sparkle silver finish - Style 6009: £0
  • 19" 6 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss sparkle silver finish - Style 6010: £0
  • 19" 6 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss Black finish - Style 6010: £0
  • 20" 5 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss sparkle silver finish - Style 5094: £525
  • 20" 5 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss sparkle silver finish - Style 5098: £525
  • 20" 5 spoke alloy wheels with Satin dark grey finish - Style 5098: Included
  • 20" 6 spoke alloy wheels with Gloss Black finish - Style 6011: £525
  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels with Gloss Dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5095: £1,050

  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: Included
  • 19" full size alloy spare wheel: £0

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