If you're looking for a vehicle that can haul a large group of people and their gear in comfort, the Land Rover Defender 130 is a top contender. This SUV is literally grander, boasting 13.4 inches more length than the 110 and offering a third row of seating for up to eight passengers. But is the added cost and compromises worth it? Let's find out.
The Defender 130's design is three years old, yet it looks fresh and modern with throwback touches that remind us of its heritage. The headlights are a standout feature, shining out from a brow that looks almost disapproving. The front aluminum guard keeps the worst of the brush off, while the high rear bumper and exhaust advertise its 28.5-degree departure angle, down from 40 degrees on the Defender 90 and 37.5 on the 110. Despite the lower angle, the Land Rover Defender 130 still performs very well off-road.
The extra length of the Land Rover Defender 130 comes aft of the rear axle, which shares the same 119-inch wheelbase as the Land Rover Defender 110. The result is a more generous side profile that looks every bit the sixteen-foot-long SUV that it is. However, this extra length also provides more internal volume, which is the Defender 130's hallmark. The third row of seating is surprisingly comfortable with good visibility thanks to the generous side windows and a separate sunroof overhead.
The second row is just a bit more spacious, sliding and reclining or folding flat to offer maximum cargo space. However, with all seats up, there is only a small storage area behind the rear seats. The SE trim Defender 130 offers second-row occupants their own climate controls but no heated seats or USB ports for charging. The front offers power captains chairs with memory, with a leather-wrapped rim and a metal center steering wheel that adds a touch of luxury to this rugged vehicle.
The overall interior design is chunky and mechanical, with plenty of exposed Torx screws, grab rails everywhere, and many little storage compartments. The 11.4-inch widescreen infotainment display runs Land Rover's latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, offering an endless series of displays from the angle of inclination to wading depth. The virtual gauge cluster offers a clean dark aesthetic and a great match for what this machine can do.
The Defender 130's air suspension lifts the vehicle up to 11.5 inches of ground clearance when off-roading. While it is not a machine that likes to be rushed, it offers a relaxed handling experience that does not sacrifice performance.
The Land Rover Defender 130 is an excellent choice for those seeking a larger SUV for group adventures. The added length provides more internal volume, which allows for comfortable seating for up to eight passengers. The rugged design and off-road capabilities of the Defender 130 make it perfect for exploring the great outdoors with friends and family.
So, if you're in the market for an SUV that can handle all your adventures with ease, the Land Rover Defender 130 should be at the top of your list.