« Back Double Up: VW Golf R + LR Defender P400e

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Yes folks, it’s back!! The previous generation Golf R was one of the most popular cars in the BOTB competition and with good reason – the perfect combination of all-weather performance, practicality, subtle looks and VW build quality meant it was the performance hot hatch that everyone wanted.

But then VW introduced the Golf Mk8 and there was no R – until now! The Golf R is back and brings everything the old car did, and more.

So firstly, the 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine now has 316bhp and 420Nm, meaning the 0-62mph time has dropped to 4.7 seconds. The power still goes to all four wheels but now it has the 7-spd DSG gearbox as standard.

But it’s the oily (and electronic) bits that have seen the biggest change – there’s a new torque vectoring system for the AWD setup, more camber on the front wheels, stiffer spring rates all round, quicker steering, lighter and more powerful brakes and there’s even a Drift Mode that puts most of the power to the rear wheels. The best has just got better!


Well, here it is – the reinvention of an icon. The all-new Defender!

Alongside the Aston Martin Vantage, this must have been one of the hardest design jobs in the business – replace one of the most iconic cars on the roads today, one that dates back decades and has in recent times had a resurgence thanks to the rugged cool looks. But you couldn’t go too retro or people would say it isn’t modern, so there are certainly nods to the old Defender, but it’s a fresh design that sits well in the Land Rover lineup.

Chunky wheelarches, the signature floating roof with ‘Alpine windows’ in the top, a dominating grille and big chunky tyres so you can drive over anything.

Inside it's far more modern, full of the latest tech, but it still has a reassuringly old school feel to the layout. Being the 110 model, this Defender has 5 doors and plenty of room inside, while X-Dynamic SE spec brings Premium LED headlights, 20-inch alloys, keyless entry, Meridien sound system and so many driver assist programs you’d get bored of the acronyms.

This is the Defender that we've all been waiting for though - the P400e plug-in hybrid. That means it has a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 296bhp, supplemented by an electric motor with a 19.2kWh battery - giving a total of 400bhp and 640Nm of torque. That gives the dream combination of great performance - 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, along with real-world economy of 82.4mpg. It can even travel 27 miles on electric power alone - so you can drive your chunky 4x4 into a big city with a clear conscience. 

This has to be the best all-round Defender we've offered in the competition yet.


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