Here's What I Think of the New Land Rover Defender

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  • Published on Sep 11, 2019
  • The new Land Rover Defender is here. A lot of people have asked me what I think of the new 2020 Defender, so I'm sharing my thoughts. Soon I'll be able to show you all the quirks and features of the next Land Rover Defender.
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  • Aye Run
    Aye Run 4 hours ago

    New specs and features are great but the design is just bland. They had years to bring this back and this is the best they could do exterior wise? Come on...

  • MrRomahin2
    MrRomahin2 5 hours ago

    Try Lada niva

  • DORMOBILE GRANDPA
    DORMOBILE GRANDPA 6 hours ago

    Got a question!
    Would you take your Defender for trade in for the new defender to the dealer?

  • Darin Gries
    Darin Gries 17 hours ago

    Looks plastic

  • Darin Gries
    Darin Gries 17 hours ago

    $50,000 ain’t cheap

  • chi jiggy
    chi jiggy Day ago +1

    Doug has 4 daily drivers

  • kg01
    kg01 Day ago

    Jeep loves the new Defender.

  • Frenchy S
    Frenchy S Day ago

    Is the new Defender a good vehicle... Probably. But it's not a Defender. It doesn't look like a Defender. It seems way to plasticky (if that's a word). It looks like any other Land Rover product. The Wrangler has kept virtually the same design and feel. Sure it gotten some added features over the years, however it still has the same DNA. Same thing with the new G class. I still prefer the older 463, but the new one still looks like the older one, just with a few modern touches. The new Defender.....um....nope.

  • James Harris
    James Harris 3 days ago

    God, I hope the people at SVR watch this video or look at the Raptor and make a high performance off road focused defender. A sporty Defender would be so stupid, like the G63 and the G65. An off road focused Defender would be so cool.

  • Rissal
    Rissal 3 days ago

    new defender is crap,you dont know what you talking about, us guys in Africa understand defenders,and that thing is not what we want, PS, your "convertible" defender is FAKE, the only original convertibles were ever made in the early series LR. now piss off, hope you get your $1000 paid for a crap review

  • ron flynn
    ron flynn 3 days ago

    bollocks

  • s
    s 3 days ago

    lol wtf is dougs best friend a 16 year old girl?

  • GoProJoe
    GoProJoe 3 days ago +2

    I can hardly tell if this guy is being serious. I really hope this is self-parody meme-baiting. On the other hard, I think he actually does daily a Defender to run errands.

  • GoProJoe
    GoProJoe 3 days ago

    Doug "call me maybe" DeMuro

  • celticanam
    celticanam 4 days ago

    This div is such a boot licker...thinly veiled beg for a test drive

  • Trucho
    Trucho 4 days ago +2

    At 3:02, “I’ll never be able to afford one of these!” Yeah, right!
    Why do you try so hard, Doug, to hide your TVclip income? In my book, a talented guy who works hard for his money, deserves every penny.

  • TheBobes
    TheBobes 5 days ago

    Just buy a Jimny.

  • TrassseB
    TrassseB 6 days ago

    It looks like a bigger mini clubman horrible

  • DZON
    DZON 7 days ago +2

    *Doug’s the type of guy to use an iPhone XS without a case*

  • britsniper32
    britsniper32 7 days ago

    i hate it its not a defender its just not

  • Michael Foust
    Michael Foust 7 days ago

    This new body style would look hideous with a removable top.

  • Jack
    Jack 8 days ago

    Do you mean the 2019 Pretender?

  • Timothy Horne
    Timothy Horne 8 days ago

    A vehicle can still be iconic without maintaining its archaic values but only if the vehicle's history is less than 20 years old. I say 20 years because that is the amount of time a vehicle has to be in existence for in order to become a classic.

  • no-trick-pony_lockpicking

    It's still almost double of the old one?

  • TasteMyStinkhole
    TasteMyStinkhole 9 days ago +1

    This is like porsche... the car itself is $50,000, and the options you're not willing to live without are another $85,000. This will absolutely be the rich soccer moms car

  • Fetty way
    Fetty way 9 days ago

    seriously Doug? That thing is hideous. Looks like a Kia Soul and Ford Flex mix. It's insulting to put the Defender name on this freelander 2.0

  • Selvaraj subrammanian

    Think Doug got paid by LR

  • mrclarky
    mrclarky 9 days ago +1

    all they had to do was give it round headlights, and it would have been so much better!

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec

    It's a Disco. It has nothing of the Defender. Not a single styling cue. Get real.

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec

    I own a jk 2008. Although the new jeep has borrowed a curve or two of the old Defender, I'm not sure I like the design of the new jeep

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec

    I don't think very much of the new smashable plastic Discovery-remake (Defender).
    A computer has destroyed my Jeep JK.
    I bought a jeep because I couldn't import the 110 I was driving in Edinburgh.

  • CRS
    CRS 10 days ago

    Totally disappointing. The whole point of the 110/90/109/88/ Defender was it's simplicity, adaptability, affordability and longevity. Are those electronics still going to be working in 50 years time? Nope. My 1975 series three still works fine and drives every day, this new thing won't. The computers will quit in ten years. All I wanted was a modern, simple utility vehicle I could drive anywhere, shove sheep or hay in the back, not be too bothered if I scratched it and it was affordable. What the hell were Land Rover thinking when they gave the engineers their design brief?? Go and build a new technological wonder that will immediately piss off all true Land Rover fans and only appeal to those who want some kind of image.

  • CRS
    CRS 10 days ago

    Totally disappointing. The whole point of the 110/90/109/88/ Defender was it's simplicity, adaptability, affordability and longevity. Are those electronics still going to be working in 50 years time? Nope. My 1975 series three still works fine and drives every day, this new thing won't. The computers will quit in ten years. All I wanted was a modern, simple utility vehicle I could drive anywhere, shove sheep or hay in the back, not be too bothered if I scratched it and it was affordable. What the hell were Land Rover thinking when they gave the engineers their design brief?? Go and build a new technological wonder that will immediately piss off all true Land Rover fans and only appeal to those who want some kind of image.

  • Blue Guitar
    Blue Guitar 10 days ago

    The new Defender isn’t a military vehicle tho

  • Claudio Cavanna
    Claudio Cavanna 10 days ago

    first you cannot compare the new defender with the class g of the mercedes. then a self-respecting off-road vehicle does not have automatic gears. what is certain is that if you use your off-road vehicle to go and have a drink, then let's close the matter here. the new defender is not an off-road vehicle for many reasons (first and foremost the chassis) but since I'm talking to an incompetent off-roader who thinks he can only talk because he has one. I think your defender has seen more aperitifs than dirt roads! the land rover has destroyed an off-road icon and you, with all the people that follow you, should say this instead of saying big crap!

  • humpfree999
    humpfree999 10 days ago +1

    I'm a fan of it overall. It looks great and I love the nods towards the old Defender. However there are a few key areas that I'm disappointed with it:

    1. The Price is about £10-£15k too expensive; contrary to what you said. For you, as a daily, that may do a bit of off-roading, it's not too bad. But you have to understand where the Defender built its name. It built its names in farms across the UK and exploring the depths of the jungle. I can tell you right now that there are not going to be any farmers in the UK that can afford one of these, never mind would *want* to spend that kind of money on a utilitarian wagon. They should definitely make a "low-tech" version for a lot less money.

    2. There is an over-reliance on technology. I like the new interior and I definitely think that there should be version that have what has been designed. However, when you boil the Defender down to what it was built for (see above) and mix-in the less than perfect Land Rover electrics reliability, you're kind of asking for trouble. If it was just the sat-nav/ICE part, I'd be less bothered. But the old Defender had a lever to physically engage the low-range and the diff-lock functions and the dash being electronic is simply asking for trouble if you start wading deeper (which is a realistic possibility with a few upgrades).

    3. The interior is nice, but it's a bit *too* nice for what the Defender was built for. Part of the charm of a Defender was that it was utilitarian and you could literally powerwash the inside out after a day of transporting sheep around. You wouldn't want to put a sheep in the new one for fear of damaging it, never mind powerwash it out.

    These are the three main areas I'm concerned about. I know that the world has moved on and Land Rover can't make enough money from UK-based farmers to warrant an entire class of car. But that was part of the charm of the Defender and I think it will miss it. I would really love them to produce a "bare bones" utilitarian version with levers for diff-lock/low range, an analogue dash, and just remove most of the nice interior in favour of a rubberised one, then knock £10-£15k off the price and I think they'd have a great Defender replacement that can match its original design consideration and the one that will sell enough to justify it.

  • David Rey Salinas
    David Rey Salinas 10 days ago +1

    Sooo.... another review of a vehicle you've never driven or tested. Great stuff Doug.

  • 天意
    天意 11 days ago +1

    what a stupid looking car, what a stupid looking Doug.

  • Jeremy Brown
    Jeremy Brown 11 days ago

    Doug is a guy who thinks good 4x4s are defined by stats like departure angle. With the new Defender another true off-road 4x4 dies. Look at the car underskirting, the independent suspension, the curvey styling. I'm sure it will sell well, but the Defender should be utilitarian and this new one is a prom queen wearing boots.

  • The Wilder Fan Club
    The Wilder Fan Club 11 days ago

    You can think what you want the new Defender is not a Defender.

  • notrut
    notrut 11 days ago

    No ... there's a 3 door and a 5 door Doug ...

  • Simon's Defender 90
    Simon's Defender 90 12 days ago

    I'm growing to like it but A) 50 k odd in yours $ or mine £ is still a lot of money in anyone's book and B) it's not a defender as we not n love em but if the name carries on, then who am I to complain. Just DON'T park it next to mine coz it will look silly. If I'm gonna up grand then it would be a D3/LRO3 or a D4/LRO 4 as they are way more affordable in the UK 🇬🇧 now and you'd get a hell of a lot for your buck !! Oh and your steering wheel is on the wrong side !! 😉😉

  • P. Herrmann
    P. Herrmann 12 days ago +4

    It doesnt look like a Defender ...it looks like a Range Rover or a Cherokee

  • tarin theera
    tarin theera 12 days ago +4

    I come for the Defender but Doug's t-shirt steal the scene.
    I'm Thai and I love Tuk Tuk also.

  • Gabriel Morera
    Gabriel Morera 12 days ago

    Will it climb waterfalls? like the lr3/lr4 don’t expect to much articulation with off-road mod. 3 wheels over rocks. Pray you don’t breakdown in the bush.

  • DIP DAB MEDIA
    DIP DAB MEDIA 13 days ago +1

    Kind of looks like a giant mini from the back

  • Allan McDigger
    Allan McDigger 13 days ago

    who gives a fuck what you think anyway.

  • Dion Phagoof
    Dion Phagoof 14 days ago

    I think my only gripe is the sound system. A few more speakers and extra watts would be nice.

  • Melanie Rhianna
    Melanie Rhianna 15 days ago +1

    What's this thing about burning fossil fuels. Waiting to test drive the hybrid.

  • marcusdumitru
    marcusdumitru 15 days ago

    What about the complaint that so much electronic and Over-the-Air updates will make this thing unfeasable for tha real hard core wilderness, where the old Defender could be fixed behind any shack in the middle of nowhere? Won't it be too dependent on dealership and those shaky electronic sensors? If I would take one in the Tundra, Amazon, Nepal, Serengeti or Outback, will it work for 15 years without seeing the dealership? Will I find there replacement MT/AT tyres for the 18" rims? Nope! This is why Old Defender is an Icon... because it lived long enough to tell a story.

  • andrew nichols
    andrew nichols 15 days ago

    when you put on a stupid voice and parody serious landrover owners and then misrepresent their arguments of a simple computer free utilitarian and modular vehicle you sound not only like a twat but a superficial wanker who is basically doing a biased advertisement and you should either learn to respect, value others opions and usage, as most landover owners use them off road as the3y are not wankers like you, hence why they chose them over an suv. my advice is; shut up completely rather than prove your lack of thought power..

  • neal walden
    neal walden 16 days ago

    Doug.... I had a 96 Defender and regrettably sold it (profit taking). You are lucky to own the one you have. You missed the salient flaw on the "new" Defender. They got the wheel size woefully too small. Further, you can see a massive departure from a Safari capable vehicle in their new direction. Worse, much of your argument is based on an "attractive" price comparison with other expensive models... It appears gimicky, saddled with un-needed complexity. Hugely sad moment for LandRover.

  • Nate Brindabella
    Nate Brindabella 16 days ago

    If landrover bought a landcruiser factory and used all toyota parts and assembly they would make a pretty good vehicle...

  • Heroic Noodle
    Heroic Noodle 16 days ago

    They did a great job!

  • Mr. Moonlight
    Mr. Moonlight 16 days ago +2

    "Offroading kit". You have been listening to Andrew.

  • Lajos Bakk
    Lajos Bakk 16 days ago

    Looks like a Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • MysteriousDrJ
    MysteriousDrJ 17 days ago

    Old defender - can be fixed with basic tools in the middle of a field.
    New defender - Laptop at an approved dealer only.
    Can you imagine going into limp home mode in the middle of the outback in one of these???

  • Ted
    Ted 17 days ago +1

    The Lexus GX460 kills this sedan on stilts. The idea that a uni-body is any good off-road is ridiculous. All those other metrics you mention are irrelevant. NAME ME ONE UNI-BODY CAR THAT IS RELIABLE AND LEGENDARY OFF-ROAD RIGHT NOW. I'LL WAIT.

  • 113
    113 17 days ago

    sounds like you've found a great daily driver :D

  • svnbit
    svnbit 17 days ago

    OWNING ONE OUT OF WARRANTY ? PFFF
    Probably an 8k vehicle in 5 years unlike the fj