If you live rurally then this car comes highly recommended especially if you have to do a lot of off road driving.
Forget comfort, this car is utilitarian.
We have an old 12 seater type and the middle seats fold down flat so you can fit an insane amount of stuff in or easily cart a calf, small haybale, bags of feed then drive it up a mountainside and through rivers.
Town driving is a bit more problematic as everyone hates you. The Defender is very high up so visibility at the front is good and you can easily see over the top of smaller cars.
Rear visibility is very poor especially with a whacking spare tyre stuck to the back door. (we took our one off)
Parking spaces at supermarkets are too narrow for the Defender so it is best to park in a faraway, forlorn area and take two spaces.
It is ok, nobody would steal it as the alarm would cause your eardrums to explode plus would set off the collies who are in the back and ready to remove a thief's arm.
Acceleration can sometimes take you by surprise once you have worked through the clunky gearbox to get into fifth but weep real tears as you watch the fuel burn away.
Running costs - well, let's not even go there. This is not a car for town nor long trips.
Maintenance can be fairly straightforward if you do it yourself but is pricey at a garage.
If you want a car which rattles, whirrs, where conversation consists of roaring at each other then this the one for you.
You can customise them with everything from fancy seats to fridges but it all costs a fortune.
A damn good winch is the only frippery worth getting oh, and a cup holder.
All these things considered, I would not drive anything else and love the Defender.
It has pulled people out of ditches, pulled fallen trees off roads, carried sheep, lambs, water, huge tractor parts and is roomy enough for the children to use as a den on rainy days.
It can go anywhere and handles deep mud effortlessly but can be a life saver when winter is severe.
I will even add the wnaky bit and say it is iconic but that only works if you are at a rural do in a field with a thousand other Defenders and they have been washed. Otherwise, nobody really sees you except as a dot on yon faraway hill.
A country vehicle but not for town.