The all-new Land Rover Defender made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. It’s hard to believe that in such a short period of time, it has gone on to win 28 international awards, and more recently, it has just been awarded a Euro NCAP five-star safety rating.
Land Rovers have always been safe – the sheer physical size means that there’s an inherent level of safety built-in, but to be recognised by the industry standard as offering some of the best protection in class is something special.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) is a voluntary programme that most manufacturers sign up to, and it’s an industry recognised standard that has credibility – gaining a five-star rating is something that all manufacturers work towards, and celebrate (rightly so) when they achieve it.
“From the moment we started creating the New Defender, we were obsessed with functional safety and the protection of both the occupants and other road users. We set out to make a vehicle that is the most capable and durable Land Rover ever made, with safety features that truly enhance the driver’s experience. It’s an incredible honour to receive this recognition from Euro NCAP who have endorsed our New Defender with their five-star rating.”
Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
The Land Rover Defender managed to score so highly thanks to the state-of-the-art assisting technologies, combined with the ultra-stiff aluminium-intensive body construction, which has been engineered to take any punishment that life will throw at it.
Scores achieved were: 85% for Adult and Child Occupant protection, 79% for Safety Assist, and 71% for Vulnerable Road Users.
Part of the rating is based on safety equipment fitted, and the Defender is packed with such – Emergency Braking (designed to detect if a potential frontal collision with another vehicle may occur), Blind Spot Assist (a flashing icon in the appropriate wing mirror helps alert the driver to obstacles), 3D Surround Camera (assists the driver during low-speed manoeuvres), Clear Exit Monitor (helps warn of a possible threat when preparing to open any door from the inside), and so much more … adaptive cruise control, rear collision monitor, traffic sign recognition, and eCall+ to name a few.
Of course, technology tells only half the story, the other half is filled with hardware like six airbags, and up to three ISOFIX mounting points.
The Defender is available in both the 90 and 110 size, and Land Rover also offer two Hard Top commercial derivatives, which have a fixed bulkhead behind the seats, which means there’s a cavernous 1,355 or 2,059 litres of load space available.
Whether choosing a vehicle for family life, or for commercial use, Land Rover can offer you exactly what you need, and thanks to the legendary reliability (and safety), you’ll be in good hands.
If you’d like to find out more information, contact one of our professionals here, and they’ll be able to give you the full specification, and the opportunity to see for yourself just what the new Land Rovers are capable of.