The New Land Rover Defender 130

A logical and historical extension of the Defender line, the 130 has been stretched out to accommodate three seats in the third row, making it the most spacious Land Rover luxury SUV ever.

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This makes it more competitive in the crowded SUV market than large competitors like the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, Jeep Grand Cherokee L and Mercedes-Benz GLS, while offering a stout cargo room of 389 litres. It’s also a great looking vehicle, especially in Sedona Red, the paint colour that was introduced for the 130.

The land rover defender 130 is offered with two powertrain options, both of which use the company’s ‘Ingenium’ modular engine architecture to scale up or down in size. The standard 296-horsepower 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six is paired with a mild hybrid system, but there’s another available that uses an electrically driven supercharger to eliminate turbo lag and deliver 406 horsepower, allowing it to reach 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Powered by either of these engines, the 130 shares their on-road manners and strong body control with the 110, as well as its off-road abilities. The 130’s suspension was raised to off-road height and set to Sand mode, enabling us to drive it through dunes without having to lift the bonnet or a foot off the brake pedal.

With the extra seats, the 130 also offers a whole host of features that other Defender models simply don’t have. The third row occupants can benefit from air vents, storage spaces, padded armrests and USB-C outlets; heated seats can be fitted as an option. A panoramic moonroof is also an option, and four-zone climate control can be fitted as well.