Although Americans cannot purchase a 2015 Range Rover Defender to go off-roading in style, outdoors enthusiasts in continental Europe and the United Kingdom can purchase a Defender in a wide range of styles. A staple on British and European roads, the Defender has been on the market since 1983 in most of the Eastern Hemisphere. Unfortunately for fans of the rugged vehicle, that is about to change. 2015 is the final year that Land Rover will manufacture the iconic car.
To honor its longevity in the market, Land Rover has produced several limited-edition Defenders, including the Heritage Edition and the Paul Smith Edition. This review will focus on the Heritage Edition, designed to resemble the Defender’s forebear, the legendary Huey.
With its 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel powerplant paired with a six-speed manual shifter, the 2015 Range Rover Heritage Edition puts our 266 lb-ft of torque and has 120 horses under its hood. Not a particularly speedy vehicle, the Heritage edition can only reach a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour. Depending on the design, the car can take anywhere from 14.7 to 15.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standing start. All Heritage Edition designs come with four-wheel drive, naturally.
Most fitting for a vehicle designed to conquer Nature’s elements, the 2015 Range Rover Defender Heritage Edition comes in a soft green color with a snow-white roof. Four exterior designs are available: a hard top, a utility wagon, and two station wagon styles, the 90 and the 110.
Inside, the Defender has its driver controls covered with perforated leather for better grip. Aluminum trim, cloth upholstery, and rubber mats keep the no-nonsense car grounded in utilitarian design.
Prices for the 2015 Range Rover Defender Heritage Edition are understandably hefty. In the UK, you can pick up a Heritage Edition Defender for £30,900, while in continental Europe, the car retails for around €39,900.