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Land Rover Owner November 2020

LRO is the world's biggest magazine dedicated entirely towards the Land and Range Rover enthusiast. Every issue you'll find our team of experts writing inspirational features on: - Adventure! Off-road adventures in some of the world's most spectacular countryside - Restoration! Inspiring tales of old Land and Range Rovers lovingly rescued and restored... - Maps! Tough tracks with OS maps for you to try - Rare models... find something unusual in every issue - Land Rovers and spare parts for sale... a fantastic range of parts & vehicles for sale, every month Plus the latest club news and events from around the world. Love Land Rovers? Love LRO!

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
meet the team

NEIL WATTERSON EDITOR’S WELCOME Like many of you, we’ve all finally managed to get a go behind the wheel of the new Defender. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint. It is a far cry from the original model, but less of a jump from the Discovery 4. And that’s why – rather than doing a ‘New v Old’ test, which would just go to show the massive gulf between the vehicles – we threw the Discovery into the mix too. See our report on p12. No sooner has the new model celebrated its first birthday than the four-cylinder diesel engines are being replaced by straight-six units. This has annoyed a few buyers – you wouldn’t normally expect to see a significant engine change this early in a vehicle’s design life. The original Defender saw…

3 min.
world of land rovers

1st prize SUSAN HOLMES WINS A SEALEY 3-WAY FILL GREASE GUN ‘This could easily be an advertising photo. The composition, the light on the vehicle and that burst of low sun all combine to make this a winning shot.’ NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR 2nd prize STEVE CROXALL WINS A SEALEY RECHARGEABLE HEAD TORCH ‘Fair play to Hayley and Steve for finding time to set up this fun shot on a day when they clearly had other things to think about!’ NEIL WATTERSON, EDITOR WIN! SEALEY gear in the next issue of LRO For stockists, to order a free catalogue, or to buy online, go to sealey.co.uk For a chance to see your pic in print, send it to wolr@LRO.com. Include a description of the vehicle and where the photo was taken, and the names of anyone in it. This issue, first-placed Susan…

16 min.
defender v original v disco 4

What a great day we’ve got in store. We’re here at our usual Tixover quarry test venue with a fabulous trio of Land Rovers for some serious off-road action. First, we’ve got the trusty old stager, that great British hero – the original Defender, upon which Land Rover’s reputation was forged. It went out of production in 2016, but has retained – probably even enhanced – its iconic status. Then there’s the Discovery 4, which developed a reputation for being the best all-round Land Rover: a great family car, towcar or workhorse that’s also a handy off-roader. And last, but definitely not least, is the new kid on the block – the much-heralded new Defender. It’s spacious, lavished with toplevel materials and equipment, but with the promise of good old Land…

1 min.
the marmite factor

Everybody loves the old Defender; whether or not it’s right for them to own one. It’s a simple, iconic shape that looks right in every setting; from deep in a jungle or desert to outside the poshest hotel. Not everyone currently has the same opinion about the new Defender, but most have an opinion. Many love it; others leap into any social media discussion about it with derogatory comments about the shape being like a Skoda Yeti, overgrown Mini, etc. It’s fair to say that Land Rover people are resistant to change. As we’ve said before, many were hostile to the advent of coil springs, electric windows, central locking, disc brakes, air suspension and ECUs. The Freelander initially took a lot of flak for ‘not being a proper Land Rover’, yet…

1 min.
approach, ramp breakover and departure angles

These are crucial stats for an off-roader, and from the outset Land Rover designed the new Defender with its wheels positioned as far out to the corners of the vehicle as possible and underbody items tucked well out of the way. With its air suspension raised the new one comes in at 38o approach, 152° ramp breakover and departure of 40°. The old Defender obviously doesn’t have adjustable suspension, but scores well with 48.7° approach, and ramp angle of 149.7° – although the departure is 35.6° which, as owners will know, can result in the towbar touching down in some situations. The Disco 4 matches the new Defender’s ramp angle of 152°, but the approach is 36.2° and departure an even more bum-dragging 29.6°.…

1 min.
made in britain

Yes, Land Rovers have been produced in various factories around the world over the years – Minerva in Belgium and Santana in Spain to name but two – but that’s not the same as production of the most iconic vehicle name in history being shipped overseas to Nitra in Slovakia. The Discovery 5 is produced there, and Evoques and Disco Sports are built in India, Brazil and China, but that hasn’t caused the same outrage as the Defender – that epitome of Britishness. The Land Rover management has to see the big picture and take hard-nosed decisions, but it has upset many by doing this, not just ‘traditionalists’. If you want a Made in Britain badge on your Land Rover it has to be an old Defender or D4.…