BEST EN­GINE – Td5

Land Rover Monthly - - Guide To Defender Engines -

IT’S A close call, with the leg­endary Tdi mo­tors vy­ing for first place and the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy of the TDCI en­gines dwarf­ing ev­ery­thing that has gone be­fore. The V8s de­serve their own ac­co­lade for en­dow­ing De­fend­ers with a valid petrol­head rep­u­ta­tion, help­ing what was al­ready a cult ve­hi­cle to gain classic sta­tus well ahead of its time, es­pe­cially in the 4.0-litre pow­ered An­niver­sary mod­els.

Among the su­perb collection of en­gines that we’ve con­sid­ered, the Td5 swings in com­fort­ably as the best Defender en­gine be­cause it has so many unique qual­i­ties and be­cause it per­fectly matches the Defender and its evo­lu­tion. For starters, the Td5 was de­signed and built by Land Rover in-house. It brought a raft of then new tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing en­try-level elec­tronic en­gine man­age­ment, all of which has proved de­pend­able in the long term and has en­dowed Defender with the per­fect level of per­for­mance with­out com­pro­mis­ing the chas­sis, sus­pen­sion and driv­e­train dy­nam­ics. And it’s the best sound­ing diesel – pow­er­ful, sweet and slightly truck-like – a sound that’s right for a Defender. All this, and it still lends it­self to DIY re­pair and main­te­nance, with new and used parts in plen­ti­ful sup­ply at sen­si­ble prices.

The Td5 en­gine has pro­duced the ul­ti­mate Defender that is bal­anced, ef­fi­cient, ca­pa­ble and real – a ve­hi­cle that is thor­oughly Land Rover both in ori­gin and essence.

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