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Land Rover Defender interior

The Land Rover Defender manages to look different from most other SUVs on the inside, with some rugged touches and modern tech but some of the surfaces feel a bit cheap.

Style

The inside of the new Land Rover Defender is a real mix of modernity and classic lines. The materials are a selection of soft-touch textured rubbers, leatherette coverings and even bits of wood on higher trims. Only the bits low down feel a bit cheap, but even they aren’t too bad.

There are some stylistic touches, too, such as the big ‘Defender’ name spelt out on the dash; the integrated grab handles that flow smoothly into the lines of the cabin; and the exposed screw heads that are left uncovered. It’s not as luxurious as many of its rivals, like the Audi Q7, but as a hard-wearing, extremely capable off-roader it’s not really trying to match those cars anyway.

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Infotainment

At the centre of the Land Rover Defender’s dash is a big wide 10-inch touch screen, but there are some physical buttons below it that you can use to control basic functions such as the climate control.

Even the basic model gets this screen, and it comes with satellite-navigation and a 360-degree camera as standard. You can customise the display so it is laid out as you like; but if you don’t fancy using Land Rover’s system then it comes with smartphone integration in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can also pair two smartphones at once via Bluetooth, and over-the-air software updates are available.

Every version apart from the standard model also gets a digital display in place of the usual speedo and rev counter dials. This is a 12-inch screen that can show all manner of data and information, including a 3D satellite-navigation display, although it can be quite convoluted to operate.

Top-level X trim comes with a head-up display, which even displays off-road data such as the vehicle angle. This is optional on the HSE trim but not available elsewhere, though.

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