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
Mind you, it does have a slight weakness: the central diff doesn't completely lock. So when we decided to hit some sizeable snow banks, it got comprehensively stuck.
Turns out if you really head into the wilds and go further off the beaten track, then you'll need a hardcore 4x4. And that car still has a Land Rover badge. The Defender didn't find it easy, but, because of a mechanical centre diff, every wheel can be locked together, and no torque is wasted by letting wheels spin. If just a single Defender wheel has grip, all four wheels will rotate at that speed. The Duster, in comparison, will happily spin the wheel with least grip.