Clash of the classifieds
Brief: I like the new Defender. Find me something similar for £5000, please.
Honda Element, £4995
Land Rover Discovery 3, £4950
Mark Pearson: Let’s be honest: in all but badge, this is the modern Defender. Someone at Land Rover must have sneaked a peek at the Element and decided they liked what they saw. No modern activity vehicle can match the Element’s practicality, either, with that huge clamshell tailgate, an interior you can hose down, those rear-hinged back doors, the missing B-pillar, a massive and easily accessible internal space with a flat floor and those flexible and fully removable rear seats. There’s even a VTEC engine under its cute bonnet. What you got, Max?
Max Adams: Where’s your variable-height air suspension, locking centre diff and various off-road modes, Mark? You’ll find them on my Discovery 3, which was a smash hit for its timeless, boxy styling and unsurpassed mud-plugging abilities. Your 2003 Honda looks the business, but I’m afraid there’s little 4×4 substance to back up those butch looks.
MP: The trouble here is that we all know your Disco will cost at least another £5k just to get it moving and then the same every month thereafter. Mine’s an ’onda, mate, and they don’t go wrong.