27 August 2020
Feature

Here it is, then, the new Land Rover Defender against its rivals for the first time. 

They include the Jeep Wrangler, the original 4x4. Since 1941, the Jeep has been setting the standard off-road.

Then there's the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It is new too - although it doesn't look it - and with three locking differentials and superb off-road performance, it's no walkover.

We take an in-depth look at all three as we judge their respective off-road performance. Approach angles, ramp angles, departure angles, potential differential locking, wade depth, axle articulation: it's all under the spotlight here.

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27 August 2020

Wheres the King? : the landcruiser? all these shit kickers are just pretenders. Jeez I forgot, this mag is the advertising wing of JLR...

28 August 2020

There is no chance that anyone thinking about a Defender would not consider a Landcruiser. Ridiculous group test grouping and no use whatsoever to anyone thinking about a serious off-roader.

27 August 2020

So to me the Jeep is the back to basics cheap and cheerful get it done fun option, the Mercedes is the overpriced compromised model and the Defender is of the three the one that does it all, automates at much as possible and is the nicest place to spend time option.

Land Rover will probably be happy with that, especially as it leaves room for a smaller simpler go anywhere model to take on the Wrangler in a head to head. 

27 August 2020
JLR can spend their money better then buying these silly ads.

27 August 2020

lambo58: as stated in the video, Autocar judged the Jeep to be superior to a number of cars, including the Land Cruiser, in a prior test; hence, it was chosen for comparison to the new G-Class and Defender

TStag: "the Mercedes is the overpriced compromised model"; I will say that it is not cheap, but compromised? It had better traction/apportioning of power than the Defender thanks to the differentials (as stated in the video), isn't as wide as the Defender (which is a good thing, especially off-road but also simply to drive down a road or to park), and seems to have better articulation. The G-Class is also good on-road, arguably the weakest area in the previous generation. 

28 August 2020

The video states and makes a big thing about the G not being as wide as the Defender, and that it feels narrower, especially inside, however the figures as per the text on the video state that the Defender is 2.0m wide, whilst the G is 1.98m wide, so a difference of 2cm, me thinks either he protests too much, or the Defender makes better use of its added 2cm, especially in the interior.  

28 August 2020

What you didn't realise is that the driver stopped the Defender more often than the G-wagen -unnecessarily at the begining and too often throughout- to compare wheel articulation, etc. You don't keep stopping like that so often when off-roading as you lose momentum and thus it looks 'less capable' merely because the vehicle has no momentum to help ease it through -and the traction control has to start all over again.

The traction and apportioning of power would have been more serene and continuous if he had carried on at the same pace as he did in the G-wagen. The fact that the Defender gets through with ease in spite of the excessive halting shows it is arguably the better off-roader of the two. 

28 August 2020

As chosen by Autocar... says it all

 

27 August 2020

Got to go with lambo58, as an ownership proposition and accepting these are all bought as daily drivers not daily rock crawlers, Landcruiser all day long. Owned one, imperious.

28 August 2020

But have you owned any of these three? If not, how can you know they're not as good or better?

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