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
The Defender, driven properly, centre diff locked and in low range (accessed with a satisfyingly primitive set of actual levers), will pretty much go anywhere. Grindingly slowly, noisily - the 2.2-litre turbodiesel still sounds like a tractor - but it'll get there.
Form rarely gets a look-in where these two are concerned. It's all about function - doing what is required when it is required, with no added bonuses. They are application-based cars - you need a job doing, you buy one of these - and the Dacia is a genuinely exciting development at the budget end. It's this generation's Fiat Panda 4x4 - until the actual Panda 4x4 arrives, at least - light, no-frills, cheap. But this generation also occasionally needs to get to extreme places. And for that, you'll just have to save up for a Defender.