Taming the desert in the Land Rover Defender 130

Defender 130
The recently launched Defender 130 is known for its smooth ride, modern interior and exceptional off-road capabilities, which is the result of several key design features and engineering decisions.

Earlier in March, we were one of the few lucky people to test the new Land Rover Defender in the challenging desert landscape of the outskirts of Dubai. Now, did we have fun or did we have fun?
Defender 130
After driving through some of the toughest sandy terrains without breaking a sweat, we did some fun trying to test the acceleration on asphalt (0-100 in 8.9 seconds) and a fuel economy of 9 liters per 100 kms inside the city. The Defender 130 passes all tests in flying colors.

In our opinion, here are some factors that make the Defender 130 a champion off-roader.

Defender 130:

Ground Clearance: The Defender 130 has a high ground clearance, which allows it to traverse the rough desert terrain without getting stuck or damaged. We would recommend selecting a package that comes with skid plates. Protecting the underbody is important if you are a daredevil off-roader like us.

Suspension: This champion off-roader has an advanced suspension system that can absorb shocks and vibrations caused by rough terrain. Defender 130’s electronic air suspension has adaptive dynamics and a terrain response system, which automatically detects road conditions and adjusts the suspension accordingly giving a smooth ride.

Four-Wheel Drive: The Defender 130 has an advanced All Wheel Drive system that provides better traction on challenging terrains. Honestly, we did not have to do much other than select the correct drive mode and put our foot on the gas.

It also has a Two-speed transfer box that engage both gears simultaneously and ensures you power through the desert with ease.

Strong Body and Chassis: This new Defender has a robust body and chassis construction, which allows it to withstand impacts and rough terrain.

Off-Road Tires: The Defender 130 comes with All-Season tires that provide excellent traction and grip on challenging terrain. The vehicle sits on 20 inch polished silver alloys which not only look good, but are very capable as well.

In our day long adventure, we did not adjust the tyre pressure even once. Not while entering the sands, not while bashing the might dunes nor when back in the city. The Defender is that capable!

Approach and Departure Angles: The Defender 130 has impressive approach angle of 37.5 degrees, which allows it to climb over obstacles and descend steep inclines with ease. Even with the extended rear body, the departure angles allows the vehicle to take on tough terrains with confidence.

All these factors contribute to making the Defender 130 an excellent off-roader that can handle even the toughest terrain.

Land Rover Defender 130 Performance Ratings
  • Performance - 9.2/10
  • Driving Pleasure - 9.3/10
  • Looks and Style - 9.7/10
  • Fuel Economy - 8.1/10
  • Value for Money - 9.6/10


From acceleration to fuel economy, from ride comfort to cabin air quality, the Defender 130 has impressive offerings for the adventure seeker.

It is as good in the city as it is if not better off-road.


  • Capable Off-Roader
  • Modern Interior
  • Fuel Efficient
  • 8 Seater
  • Cons

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  • Juan Manuel
    the authorJuan Manuel
    Track racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.