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The new 2020 Land Rover Defender: Telegraph readers share their views 

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The new Land Rover Defender has proved divisive among Telegraph readers, despite receiving glowing reports from the motoring press

The Land Rover Defender is a car close to Telegraph readers' hearts, as well as our own. Many of us have fond (or otherwise) memories of a Land Rover, and high expectations of the new one. So when the long-awaited 2020 model was unveiled at Frankfurt yesterday, it understandably prompted some debate in our comment sections and on the Telegraph Motoring Club Facebook group. 

Andrew English, motoring correspondent, was fairly emphatic in his response. "Fabulous, fabulous, terrific," he wrote in his round-up of the Frankfurt Motor Show. "I want one." 

But his enthusiasm hasn't been shared by everybody. Here are some of our favourite comments.  

The last Land Rover Defender coming off the production line at Solihull Credit: PA

Rodger Webb

I live on the doorstep of JLR and the investment going on is incredible, combined with Warwick University, Coventry University and TATA. Yes the old Defender was unreliable but at the same time loads of people are bemoaning its passing. Give the new model a chance. It is British jobs on the line (yes I know it is assembled in Slovakia, thanks to the EU, but all the design and development and manufacture of engines etc. are done in the UK).

Andy Jones

18" wheels on an off roader – are you kidding me? Imagine dropping pressure for some sand dunes – a waste of time. This is nothing more than a Chelsea tractor with a tiny engine. They really lost it to Toyota and Ford; anywhere across the Sahara you can get a Toyota or Ford repaired; this Defender I wouldn’t want to take anywhere apart from a shopping trip.

Peter Gunton

Looks more like a revamp of a Discovery or a Freelander rather than a worthy successor to the Defender, plus it is not made in the UK – so where is the heritage? Like an MG made in China. Bring on the Grenadier

Peter Humphreys

This is just another [effete] JLR product, over-priced and probably under-reliable. There are, believe it or not, some genuinely robust 4WD vehicles out there from Toyota, SsangYong and Subaru, all of which make far more sense, and which I would actually drive over rough ground. But this will sell well, because idiots will follow the badge. 

Mark Taylor

As ex-forces I can't see the military going anywhere near this; it all looks far too nice. And of course they're not British-made vehicles anymore. There used to be a good bond between troops and their Land Rovers, in spite of limitations with the vehicles caused by MoD penny-pinchers trying to build as many multiple variants on the Defender platform as they could (110, Wolf, WMIK, ambulances etc etc). Some of these limitations could have been resolved by developing and buying alternative utility trucks designed with a particular purpose in mind; as they eventually did with the Supacat MWMIK. 

Robert Calcutt 

As a friend once said to me... in Australia, you need a Land Rover to get you into the desert. But if you want to get out again, you need a Toyota. Let's wait and see if this one lives up to the fabled standards of Land Rover reliability or is actually fit for purpose.

Marcel Cooper

I thought Land Rover were trying to get closer to their roots with this replacement Defender? How does that work when the cheapest model is, give or take, twice the price of a decent 4x4 double cab from anybody else? If the working man doesn't buy the new Defender because it doesn't make economic sense, then it's just another Chelsea tractor destined to clog up urban roads on the school run – another missed opportunity by JLR, they never seem to learn that the higher they price their goods, the lower their sales will be and the faster their market sector will diminish.

John Gordon

Don't know who this vehicle is aimed at. Seems to be for people who imagine they will make an expedition across un-mapped wastes but in reality drive up the motorway to Scotland and head to the tarmac roads of the North 500.

Land Rover's new Defender Credit:  Land Rover

Danny Stanford

£40k minimum, and that only gets you a 4-cylinder diesel. Difficult to see where this fits in the modern world. It's not utilitarian enough to spar with the latest crop of pickups and if you want a plush SUV then there are a multitude of choices. Not sure it will sell. Those that want a workhorse will buy a Ford Ranger, Toyota Nissan Mitsubishi etc. Those that want more plush will buy elsewhere even another Land Rover product. It's pure nostalgia.

Glyn Thomas 

I have a 1987 defender pick up which I love but that doesn’t stop me from being excited about this new model. It’s not like the traditional defender, that’s because it’s new. Let’s give it a chance. Maybe. JLR could do a stripped down hair shirt version for the traditionalists which lets both water in and oil out. I’m looking forward to seeing the pickup and van versions. 

Mark Hall

Totally lost the plot. Not British, too complicated, country people won’t use it, totally superfluous electronics, ridiculously expensive, won’t stand too many jet washes (especially inside). We’ll wait for the Japanese to come up with something usable. Oh wait, they already did. Not a single Land Rover left in my village.

What do you think of the new car? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, or join the discussion on the Telegraph's Motoring Club Facebook page