Top Gear On Ice: Land Rover Defender & Dacia Duster
Packed lunch? Check. Woolly hat? Check. Duster and Defender? Check. Let's off-road
Posted: 03 Jan 2013
For now, it's worth explaining properly why we've got the Dacia and the Defender together. The Defender is so much more expensive that the two don't really compete - the gap is a chasm-like £17,000. But this is about a philosophy. They share a thought process - workhorses, capable off-road and with a basic interior that simply washes down. No one buys a Defender or Duster to be cool in the traditional sense, but these two seem to have a kind of über-utility chic that makes sense out here where the difference between looking good and getting home isn't even worth considering. Glamour is not high on the list of priorities; minimal fuss is. And when the going gets tough, tricksy performance-orientated four-wheel-drive systems just seem a bit... frivolous.