This short-wheelbase 90 model is the Land Rover Defender you really should not buy. It has very little luggage space, it’s hard to get in the back, it’s not significantly lighter
than the 110 and the cheapest versions of each are priced just £1200 apart. This is the fashion victim’s Defender, the one you should avoid like a week-old pint of prawns. It is expensive, it is impractical and if that shorter wheelbase really does confer any additional off-road ability it will be in conditions so extreme that barely anyone would dare to venture there in over £50k’s worth of new car.
And yet… I want it. I love the way it looks, the fact it’s not just another hulking great SUV, its iconoclasm, its stance and, ashamed as I am to admit it, even the reaction it gained from the public. In future there are going to be very few cars that appeal to anything other than the most sane, rational and boring sides of our character, and even today it is hugely refreshing to drive a car that’s not enslaved to cold, hard logic but seeks instead just to make you feel good.