Our Cars brief update: Land Rover Defender (month two), CAR+ March 2016

Published: 17 February 2016

► Month two with our Land Rover Defender
► Flooded roads and torrential rain not a problem
► It’s part of the family now and very characterful

Light body rocked by gales, chunky tyres blasting through flooded roads and torrential rain, fish and chip picnics in the boot: the new year saw us battle 700 miles to Cornwall and back in the Defender, and it proved superbly stoic. 

There’s a Buddhist phrase: ‘The Journey is the Reward’, and the anachronistic Defender is part of the story of any trip, very much a member of our family now, integral to adventures, experiences, and my cricked neck from the askew driving position. Like a dotty aunt, it’s mildly infuriating, yet hugely lovable.

Read the previous long-term update here

Logbook: Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon manual 

Price: £43,495 
As tested: £43,495 
Miles this month: 898 
Total miles: 1022 
Our mpg: 23.9
Official mpg: 25.5
Fuel: £186.18 
Extra costs: £0

By Steve Moody

Contributing editor, adventurer, ideas pitcher, failed grower-upper