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Land Rover Defender farewell drive

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THE FACTS

Land Rover Defender 90 Adventure

Tested: 2,198cc four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel drive

Price/on sale: £43,495 as tested (range from £23,100)/now

Power/torque: 148bhp @ 3,500rpm/295lb ft @ 2,000rpm

Top speed: 90mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 14.7sec

Fuel economy: 24.1mpg/27.7mpg (EU Urban/Combined); on test 25.2mpg

CO2 emissions: 269g/km

Verdict: It’s the final curtain, and that’s really sad. But in its current form, by any rational standards, the Defender has nowhere to go except off the stage. It’s poor to drive and there are better alternatives

Telegraph rating: Two stars out of five

RIVALS

Mitsubishi Shogun, from £27,144

Another car that attracts strong brand loyalty, despite it’s weird looks. Big, 3.2-litre diesel engine makes towing easier than it is with the Defender, even though the three-door has only a three-tonne limit.

Toyota Land Cruiser, from £34,624

Monster body-on-frame 4×4 that was once the Defender’s biggest rival. Now packed with equipment and luxuries, but expensive and, with its 2.7-litre diesel, not really aimed at the utility market.

Mercedes G-wagen, from £86,445

A 36-year-old anachronism based on a military vehicle, but Mercedes has kept faith with this hippo-like off-roader built by Magna Steyr in Austria. Prices make even the Defender look cheap.

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