Drive Notes: 2024 Land Rover Defender 110 County Pack

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Last week, I piloted two very different vehicles. Here's a short report on the first one -- the 2024 Land Rover Defender 110 County Pack*.


*I know Defender is supposed to be it's own brand/sub-brand by now, but like with Wagoneer and Jeep, we will, for the time being, still group it with Land Rover.


The County Pack offers up a different exterior, with the most notable features being a color-contrast roof and steel wheels. Yes, honest-to-goodness steelies.

This one had the 3.0-liter, inline-six cylinder that makes 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Here are my pros and cons.

Pros

  • Defenders continue to have pretty good steering relative to their mission as an off-road capable SUV.
  • It's a Rover, so it's nice and comfy inside.
  • I like the interior shelf that runs across the passenger side of the dash, and the infotainment screens are easy to read.
  • There's passing punch.
  • The County Pack looks cool.
  • I didn't experience any electronic gremlins.

Cons

  • The ride was generally acceptable but the off-road tires roughening it up a bit.
  • It can be a pain to engage the shifter correctly when doing forward-to-reverse maneuvering.
  • There's a bit too much menu-diving required for certain infotainment and HVAC functions.
  • Fuel economy in around-town driving was, uh, not great. It was somewhat better on the freeway.
  • A swing-out rear door with a mounted full-size spare tire looks great and is almost certainly useful in the boonies, but it can be a pain to access when parked in tight urban environments.

Overall, I liked this Rover, but I think I'd pick a more street-friendly setup if I wasn't going off-road. Unless I really wanted the steelies.

[Images: Land Rover]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on May 29, 2024

    Modern faux retro styling? I m beginning to HATE it. Was the PT Cruiser the first - 20 some years ago. Next, my new Land Rover in 2006 was in the shop 3x in the first year. Almost came to blows with the service manager when they wouldnt admit to a defect and wanted me to pay $1200 on something. (an 8 month old car mind you). 3- what s with the smaller square tail lights next to the bigger square tail lights? Cheap gimmicky styling flair? I truly cant stand Land Rovers any more. I ll buy a Yukon Denali from evil gm Vampire before I buy one of these.

  • Flashindapan Flashindapan on May 29, 2024

    Good call, all these are Gucci purses for men with a cialis prescription.

  • Aja8888 Folks, this car is big enough to live in. Dual deal: house and car for $7 large.
  • Astigmatism I don't think tax credits will put me in this league, but if I could swing it, I would 1000% go for a restomod EV Grand Wagoneer: https://www.thedrive.com/news/you-can-buy-an-electric-80s-jeep-grand-wagoneer-for-295000
  • FreedMike I like the looks of the Z, but I'd take the Mustang. V8s are a disappearing breed.
  • Picard234 I can just smell the clove cigarettes and the "oregano" from the interior. Absolutely no dice at any price.
  • Dartdude The Europeans don't understand the American market. That is why they are small players here. Chrysler Group is going to die pretty soon under their control. Europeans have a sense of superiority over Americans that is why the Mercedes merger didn't work out and almost killed Chrysler. Bringing European managers aren't going to help. Just like F1 they want our money. We need Elon Musk to buy out Chrysler, Dodge and Ram from Stellantis.
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