Ineos Grenadier Review 2024

Ineos Grenadier At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Some will call it the car the old Land Rover Defender should have been; others the new Defender we never asked for. Regardless, the Ineos Grenadier is an off-road titan with limited on-road abilities and bags of charm.

+An old Land Rover Defender dragged into the 21st century. Outstanding off road. Tough as biltong.

-Grin-and-bear it on-road handling. Pricey compared to softer, road-oriented 4x4 SUV rivals.

Like so many farmers, rescue workers and explorer types, Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, was unhappy about the demise of the Land Rover Defender after a production run of 67 years, not regarding its pricey replacement as anything of a replacement at all. So he added an automotive string to the bow of his firm Ineos, the world’s third largest chemical company, and delivered the Ineos Grenadier. Does it fill the boots of the legendary 4x4? Our Ineos Grenadier review reveals all.

Like so many fine things, the Ineos Grenadier first saw the light of day on a scrap of paper in a pub – in this case it was a five pound note, and the pub was called The Grenadier.

Those may look like Land Rover parts department door panels and headlamp housings, but they’re not. This is simply what happens if you arm yourself with phrases such as ‘no-nonsense’, ‘stripped back’ and ‘workhorse’ when first sketching your idea of what the next Land Rover Defender should have been.

As a result – and perched on a simple, strong, full box-section ladder frame chassis – the Ineos Grenadier is unapologetically boxy to both maximise interior space and locate a wheel at each corner to reduce overhangs, a must for uncompromised off-roading ability.

In that vein, the wheelarches are shaped to allow for maximum axle articulation, the front bumper can house a winch with 5.5-tonne capability, and the front wings are flat so you can unfold an Ordnance Survey map and rest a mug of tea on them.

With connection points to the roof, exterior wiring allows for the rigging of auxiliary lighting, There’s an optional utility rail with a universal fixing system on the doors, and the tailgate has been split 30:70 the keep the hinge size on the moderate side of massive.

On board, it’s a pleasant surprise to find that the Ineos Grenadier favours analogue over digital wherever possible, with clearly labelled, well-spaced buttons and chunky rotary knobs both on the monolithic centre console and on the rather cool, aircraft-inspired overhead panel. You can operate all the main switchgear whilst wearing gloves.

That funky overhead panel houses all the off-road switchgear, including buttons for the optional axle differential locks and a wading mode, and the pre-wired auxiliary switches for winches, light bars or anything else you’ve a mind to plug into the exterior bodywork.

There is still a touchscreen, though – a 12.3-inch ‘Central Control System’ perched atop the centre console. As well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay multimedia connectivity, Bluetooth and voice control, this system boasts vehicle information displays for speed, revs, gear, fuel and tyre pressures. Switch to the off-road display and you’ll find information on steering angle, vehicle attitude and bearing, as well as access to Ineos’s bespoke, Pathfinder off-road navigation system.

What there isn’t, however, is a driver’s instrument binnacle. Instead, a small panel set into the top of dash and read through the wheel spokes gives you an array of emergency lights. For all else, you must look left, which is not always ideal.

The Ineos Grenadier is powered by a choice of BMW 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line, six-cylinder 286PS petrol or 249PS diesel engines married to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a manually-operated two-speed transfer case with a built-in centre differential, which is lockable in both high and low ranges. 

Driven on-road the Ineos Grenadier is infinitely superior to the old Land Rover Defender; not least because you don’t have to open the window to make room for your right elbow when driving.

Both the Recaro seats and the ride quality are pleasingly comfortable, noise levels are well suppressed with either engine choice and the Brembo brakes deliver admirable stopping power. But the steering’s not a strong point, proving vague and less than eager to self-centre.

That’s because it’s an old-fashioned recirculating-ball set-up, deliberately chosen for its extra toughness and durability when off-roading, and that’s where the Ineos Grenadier really comes into its own.

In the end, of course, off-roading ability comes down to ground clearance and tyre choice. But the sheer breadth of mechanical engineering and electronic assistance available gives this car every possible chance of keeping going where most posh SUVs will fear to tread.

With a range priced from £64,500 to £76,000, the Ineos Grenadier is available in a choice of three body styles – Utility Wagon, Station Wagon and Quartermaster.

Rivals? The Toyota Land Cruiser, redoubtable Jeep Wrangler and instantly recognisable Mercedes G-Class all aspire to parity in off-roading abilities.

But, ironically, given that the Ineos Grenadier only exists because of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s disdain for it, it’s the new Land Rover Defender that presents the biggest threat – it’s £10,000 cheaper like-for-like, and infinitely better to drive on road.

Ask Honest John

Ineos Grenadier - steel or alloy wheels?

"We’re in the process of trying to spec an Ineos Grenadier but can’t decide between steel and alloy wheels. What are the pros and cons of both in a big 4x4?"
If you plan to take the car off-road and/or use potholed rual B roads then go with steels (otherwise these will scratch, chip or damage alloy wheels). If the closest thing your Grendaier will get to off-roading is the speed humps at your local supermarket then go with alloys.
Answered by Dan Powell
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