Land Rover’s Defender bags five star safety rating

The award-winning new Land Rover Defender has earned another five-star review – this time from the safety experts at Euro NCAP. Land Rover’s most capable and durable model ever has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the latest round of test results.

The Defender family combines state-of-the-art safety features with an ultra-stiff aluminium-intensive body construction engineered to cope with rugged landscapes and provide excellent safety credentials. Clever technologies include emergency braking, lane keep assist and rear collision monitor.

Six airbags protect the driver and passengers, while up to three ISOFIX mounting points are available. New Defender scored 85 per cent for adult and child occupant protection, 79 per cent for safety assist and achieved a 71 per cent score for vulnerable road users on its way to a five-star overall rating.

Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover Nick Rogers said, “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.”

Euro NCAP tested a New Defender 110, but the tough 4×4 family also includes the compact Defender 90 and a pair of practical Hard Top commercial derivatives, which feature a fixed bulkhead behind the front seats and provide 2,059 and 1,355 litres of cargo space.

Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, Land Rover has experienced unprecedented demand for the new 4×4. This has been matched with critical acclaim – New Defender has already won 28 international awards.

Since its debut, Land Rover has also introduced its efficient range of in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines with mild hybrid technology and its advanced P400e plug-in hybrid. This provides an all-electric range of up to 43km and CO2 emissions of 74g/km.

Land Rover has also introduced the X-Dynamic specification, available on both Defender 90 and 110. It provides a selection of exterior and interior design elements reflecting the 4×4’s immense capability and ensuring it stands out from the crowd.

Defender was unveiled on Bruneian shores in August at Indera Motors’ Beribi Showroom, alongside 12 countries in Asia. It is available for viewing and test drive at the showroom.

The new Land Rover Defender. PHOTO: INDERA MOTORS