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1995 Land Rover Defender

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1995 Land Rover Defender Review

Land Rover off-roading for a bargain.

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The 1995 Land Rover Defender provides a low-cost alternative to the Discovery or Range Rover. In most respects, the Defender handles itself as well as its more expensive cousins. The lower price comes from stripping out the more luxurious internal accessories from the Defender, not by removing performance. Besides the lack of anti-lock brakes, the Defender performs on about the same level as the Discovery.

Drivers who can afford the Discovery or Range Rover have no real incentive to buy the Defender. The other two vehicles offer much more comfort and have identical, if not better, performance specifications. However, buyers looking for Range Rover performance on a more modest budget see the Defender as an excellent bargain.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Land Rover Defender 90

What's New

The five-speed manual transmission in the 1995 Land Rover Defender upgrades to increase performance. However, the change did not occur immediately, so earlier 1995 Defenders use the same transmission as the 1994 model.


The Land Rover Defender measures 160.5 inches long and sits on a wheelbase of 92.9 inches. The Defender has a two-door body design. The four-door body sometimes found on the Land Rover Defender does not show up in the 1995 model year. Alloy wheels provide an optional feature on the 1995 Land Rover Defender, though.


While still quite spacious, the interior of the 1995 Land Rover Defender looks very minimalist compared to the interior of the Land Rover Discovery or Range Rover. The only major standard equipment includes an AM/FM radio and a cassette player. Air-conditioning remains available as an optional feature that, assumedly, most buyers would select.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Land Rover Defender offers excellent performance for its price. Land Rover decreases the price of the Defender by cutting out luxury features, not by reducing performance compared to the Discovery. Outside the lack of anti-lock brakes, the 1995 Land Rover Defender performs and handles about the same as the Discovery. The Defender makes an excellent off-road vehicle with moderately good roadway capability.


The 1995 Land Rover Defender includes dual front airbags as standard equipment. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain unavailable as standard equipment or as an option for the Defender.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Defender: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Smooth off-road ride

You Won't Like

  • Low gas mileage
  • No four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Land Rover Discovery not much more expensive on the used market and superior to the fully loaded Defender regardless of options

Sum Up

Land Rover off-roading for a bargain.

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