We drive the Defender 110 X Dynamic HSE D300 4WD

Defender 110 D300 X Dynamic HSE  – Regular listeners will know how much I enjoy driving the new Defender. Its one of my favourite cars.

2023 LR Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 front

A few weeks ago I had the X Dynamic HSE D300 model. Top spec with my favourite engine. I wasn’t disappointed.

The model I drove was priced from around $120,000 plus options to take it up to around $134,609 plus the usual costs. Now this isn’t something I ever though I would be saying, but against what else you can get as a large 4WD wagon, that’s excellent value.

The Defender drives on road like a premium SUV, almost like a Range Rover Sport. Off road it will match it with the mighty the best 4WDs around.

Inside the levels of comfort and luxury are more like a premium SUV, not a robust 4WD.

The HSE model we drove had the towing pack, Family pack and air suspension options as well as the off road pack and some really cool 20 inch dark alloys.

The Defender also fits me like no other 4WD or car. Its like it was made specifically for me with my driver position possibly the best I have ever sat in.

The in line six cylinder diesel turbo engine has 221kW of power and a hefty 650Nm of torque from as low as 1500rpm. This makes for relaxed cruising as well as excellent control off road and effortless towing.

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More details on the Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 can be found HERE

2023 LR Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 central screen 4WD controls


Land Rover Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 Video 

2023 LR Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 interior front

Defender 110 HSE D300 final thoughts

As I have mentioned on many occasions the Defender is my favourite 4WD. It just pips the LandCruiser 300 series. That’s saying something as I’ve owned Cruisers in the past.

The D300 is my pick of the engine choices. It has more than enough power and torque for every situation. Its smooth and economical as well

The Defender rides and handles on road like a Range Rover Sport. Off road its matches it with the best and makes 4WD work ridiculously easy. Sand driving is effortless, forest trails are like a smooth dirt road and the rough stuff is covered without fuss.

The Defender is currently the best value 4WD on the market.

2023 LR Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 engine

What is good?

  • Ride and handling
  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Interior comfort

What is not so good?

  • The windscreen washers dribble water out of the wipers
  • Steering wheel controls have slow reaction time
  • Prefer a straight transmission lever than the push/pull style

2023 LR Defender X Dynamic HSE D300 profile 2

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