2022 Land Rover Defender

Rating8.2

Ranked #7 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$51,100 - $113,550

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Key Spec of 2022 Land Rover Defender
fuel economy

18/19/21

fuel type

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horsepower

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

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2022 Land Rover Defender Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Land Rover Defender comes with a host of interesting updates and add-ons this time around. For starters, the supercharged V8 from the Land Rover stable has been added to Defender although it will be limited only to the top two trims. Speaking of trims there is one new trim and two special edition trims available this time. Along with that, a larger 11.4-inch touchscreen display has been also provided as an option for the infotainment system. Wrapping up the updates is the addition of a wireless smartphone charger as standard fitment on the 2022 Defender.



2022 Land Rover Defender

The 2022 Defender apart from the new V8 powertrain retains the last year's 296-hp turbo-four and 395-hp mild-hybrid turbo-six. Both the powertrain are competent, where the base is peppy and the turbo-six adds more muscle to this off-road machine. Amalgamating the premium cabin of the Range Rover models and the off-road prowess of the O.G. Defender. The 2022 Defender gives you a car-like driving experience yet remains an extremely capable off-roader. Starting under $50,000 is the 2022 Defender worth the dough over cheaper Jeep Wrangler or the Ford Bronco? Let's find out.

2022 Land Rover Defender Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

Outstanding off-road capability

Gets expensive with add-on features

Supercharged V8 engine powered trims added.

Smooth ride on tarmac

Mediocre fuel efficiency

More new features and packages for 2022.

Loads of customization options.

Base engine feels underpowered

Couple of new trims and special editions added.

Advanced off-road tech and safety features.

New optional 11.4-inch touchscreen and standard wireless smartphone charging.

Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performace8.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy7.50
Interior7.50
Exterior9.00
Safety9.00
Competition9.00
Final Verdict7.50
Notable Rankings

#7 in Midsize Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

90$102,200 onwards

110$51,850 onwards

90 S$51,100 onwards

110 S$55,350 onwards

90 X-Dynamic S$60,700 onwards

110 SE$66,400 onwards

SE$66,400 onwards

110 X-Dynamic SE$69,350 onwards

HSE$71,000 onwards

110 XS Edition$73,300 onwards

110 X-Dynamic HSE$73,850 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Different 20-inch wheels
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats

90 X$85,200 onwards

110 X$87,350 onwards

90 Carpathian Edition$109,000 onwards

110 Carpathian Edition$113,550 onwards



Colors and Styles

2022 Land Rover Defender in Agate Gray Metallic color
Agate Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Probably one of the most legendary cars in the history of off-roaders, the 2022 Defender is a proper four-wheel-drive off-roader from the British marque. Although the new model shares the same nameplate as the OG Defender manufactured in the 1980s, it is an all-new car designed and built from scratch and hence it breaks the engineering lineage with its predecessor. Land Rover has always been good at designing their vehicles and the new Defender is no exception. It looks quite rugged and modern and has a concept car-like look and feel to it. Now it is an all-new car launched as recently as 2019 for the 2020 model year thus no mechanical changes have been done for the 2022 model. That being said, the 2022 Defender is getting new features and a couple of more trims to keep it up-to-date in the market, and relevant in the competition. Speaking of the competition, among the off-roaders, the 2022 Defender goes against the likes of Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road, and Ford Bronco.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Three Quarter Rear View

Features
8.0/10

The 2022 Land Rover Defender has added one new trim (SE) and two special editions trim (XS Edition and Trophy Edition) this time and with this, the trim count has grown up by a mind-boggling ten trims. All the trims are available in either a 2-door or 4-door configuration, the former is Defender 90 while the latter is Defender 110. Both the models get three engine options which include two gas-powered engines and one hybrid engine. The base Defender 90 trim starts at $47,700 and the base Defender 110 starts at $50,500. The topmost Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Edition trim costs around $104,000 and for the Defender 110, this trim comes at $107,200.

Apart from the standard features also available are Explorer Pack, Adventure Pack, Country Pack, Urban Pack, etc. The highlights of the Explorer pack include raised air intake, expedition roof rack, matte black hood decal, etc. The Adventure pack gets you a portable rinse system, bright rear scuff plate, front and rear mud flap, etc. The Country pack includes front and rear classic mudflap, full height cargo space partition, wheel arch protection, etc. The urban pack comes with bright metal scuff plates, bright rear scuff plates, spare wheel cover, front under the shield, etc.

Trims

Base

S

SE

X-Dynamic S

X-Dynamic SE

X-Dynamic HSE

XS Edition

X

V8

V8 Carpathian Edition

MSRP

(90)

$47,700

$51,100

N/A

$59,500

$65,100

$69,600

N/A

$83,500

$97,200

$104,000

MSRP (110)

$50,500

$54,000

$65,100

N/A

$68,000

$72,500

$71,900

$86,000

$100,400

$107,200

Key Features

296 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘Base’

Adds or upgrades to 'S'

Adds or upgrades to 'SE'

Adds or upgrades to ‘X-Dynamic S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘X-Dynamic SE’

Adds or upgrades to ‘X-Dynamic HSE’

Adds or upgrades to ‘X-Dynamic HSE’

Adds or upgrades to ‘X’

Adds or upgrades to ‘V8’

  18-inch steel wheels

LED headlights with high beam assist

395 hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 mild-hybrid engine

X-dynamic badge

Premium LED headlights with signature DRL

Windsor leather upholstery

20-inch satin grey finish alloy wheels

Black contrast roof and hood

22-inch alloy wheels

22-inch 5-spoke gloss-black alloy wheels

 

LED headlights

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Illuminated metal scuff plate

Front fog lights

14-way powered front seats with heating and ventilation

Heated steering wheel

Electronic active differential

V8 badge

Air quality sensor

 

Auto-dimming inner rearview mirror

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

   

Panoramic sunroof

Adaptive cruise control

Cabin air purification

Terrain Response 2

Premium cabin lighting

Driver condition monitor

 

8-way heated and semi-powered fabric upholstery seats

12-way semi-powered front seats

   

Electrically adjustable steering column

12.3-inch driver’s display

Rearview mirror camera

4-way manually adjustable headrest

Three-zone climate control

Electronic air suspension with Adaptive dynamics

 

10-inch touchscreen

11-speaker Meridian sound system

   

12-way power front seats with memory function

 

XS Edition specific unique exterior and interior treatments

Head-up display

3D surround camera

All-terrain progress control

 

Wireless charging with signal booster

     

14-speaker Meridian sound system

     

Wade sensing

Advanced tow assist

 

3D surround camera

                 
Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The 2022 Land Rover Defender gets the option to choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and an efficient 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 motor with a mild-hybrid set up also known as P400. The P300 motor puts out a healthy 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque while the P400 engine provides a combined 394 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. New for the 2022 Defender model is the powerful 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine cranking out 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that is seen on the likes of Jaguar F-Type R and Range Rover Sport SVR.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Engine Bay

All the engines come mated to a smooth and responsive eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer case, to provide a set of low-range ratios essential for towing or off-road driving when more control is required. The sophisticated double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension optimize off-road performance while delivering excellent handling dynamics. The V8-powered Defender 90 and 110 can do 0-60 MPH in 4.9 and 5.1 seconds respectively, along with a top speed of 149 mph. Apart from that, the four-cylinder unit goes from 0-60 MPH in 7.9 seconds. Ford Bronco is the quickest with 6.6 seconds 0-60 MPH time followed by Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door)

MSRP

$47,700

$50,155

$41,135

$33,200

Engine

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

4.0-liter naturally aspirated V6

2.3-liter turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

296 hp @ 4000 RPM

270 hp @ 5250 RPM

270 hp @ 5600 RPM

275 hp @ 5700 RPM

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

315 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

7.9 7.3 7.5 6.6

Quarter-Mile (secs)

16.4 15.5 15.9 15.2

Top Speed (MPH)

120 110 115 130

Among the rivals, Land Rover has given the Defender, the most powerful engine under the hood. Next, is the Jeep Wrangler followed by Ford Bronco. All the above three get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the 4.0-liter V6 powered Toyota 4Runner puts out the least power and torque figures among all.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

As mentioned earlier, the 2022 Land Rover Defender when powered by the base turbo-four engine returns 18 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Defender when had with the P400 turbo-six engine returns 17 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. While the V8-powered Defenders see a gas mileage of 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door)

MPG (City)

18

21

16

20

MPG (Highway)

21

24

19

22

MPG (Combined)

19

22

17

21

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

23.4

21.5

23.0

20.8

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

421/ 491/ 445 452/ 516/ 473 368/ 437/ 391 416/ 458/ 437

The Jeep Wrangler is the most fuel-efficient, with 21/24/22 MPG in city/highway/combined respectively. Next comes the Ford Bronco with 20/22/21 MPG of gas mileage. While the least efficient SUV of the lot is none other than the V6 powered Toyota 4Runner. 

Interior
7.5/10

The 2022 Defender is on a whole new level with regard to the interior of the car. For its interior, it gets a constructivist modular interior architecture, which on top of being nice looking, is highly functional as well. The whole dashboard and the center console have an ergonomic layout, clustered within the magnesium alloy frame to enable the installation of a front-row jump seat in place of the center-hand rest. While at the same time most of the interior is waterproof and you can hose down the cabin in case it gets dirty. Practicality was something the old Defender was known for, and the new one also carries forward the same approach.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Front Seats

Standard fit and finish along with the quality of materials used should be pretty satisfactory for most people, customers can always choose from a curated range of veneers and finishes. It includes a rugged rough-cut Walnut or Natural Smoked Dark Oak Veneer; both of which are open-pore to give a more natural feel. The premium HSE models feature high-grade Windsor Leather, while the Defender X features Windsor Leather in combination with Steelcut Premium Textile accent for enhanced durability. The relatively new X-Dynamic features unique interior materials which include highly durable and robust material.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Dashboard

Both the 2-door and the 4-door variants have 5 passenger seating capacity as standard. You have the option to equip a jump seat that fits between the two front seats to accommodate six passengers. The Defender 110 can also be had with a two-person third-row seat, but it cannot be combined with the jump seat.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door)

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

40.6 / 60.8 / 39.1

40.7 / 55.7 / 41.2

39.3 / 57.8 / 41.7

43.3 / 57.1 / 43.1

Rear (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

38.6 / 56.4 / 36.6

40.2 / 55.7 / 38.3

38.6 / 57.8 / 32.9

41.1 / 56.5 / 36.3

Cargo Capacity (ft³)

15.6

31.7

47.2

38.3

In terms of overall interior spaciousness, the 2022 Defender and most of its competitors are in a similar ballpark. That being said, it does have one of the better legroom in the competition for the rear seat passengers. Toyota 4Runner has compromised in the interior space especially in the rear to provide more cargo capacity. Speaking of cargo, the Toyota 4Runner gets the highest 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space followed by Ford Bronco with 38.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Next comes the Jeep Wrangler with 31.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Infotainment System

The 2022 Land Rover Defender gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a larger 11.4-inch display is optional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is an in-dash navigation system, a six-speaker stereo, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Both 10- and 14-speaker Meridian stereo systems are optional features and buyers of higher-end Defenders receive a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display. The digital gauge is a 10-inch Pivi Pro interactive driver’s display.

Interior Features:

  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • An optional 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
  • An optional 11- or 14-speaker Meridian premium audio setup
Exterior
9.0/10

The 2022 Defender is probably one of the most unique-looking SUVs in the market since its launch for the 2020 model year. Both inside and out, it has a concept car looks and feel to it, and most of it has been carried forward to the 2022 model without any changes. The new Defender has an instantly recognizable silhouette that features signature Defender elements including short front and rear overhangs. It is developed on a new and durable D7x architecture engineered to take at any kind of terrain thrown at it.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Front Driving View

Based on a lightweight aluminum monocoque chassis to create the stiffest body structure Land Rover has ever produced. It is capable of withstanding 6.5 tons snatch load through the recovery points. Beautifully sculptured fenders combined with squared wheel arches and strong shoulders give its overall rugged and tough appearance. The suspension setup has a similar layout as the OG Defender, but with all-new components. It is designed to withstand several off-road impacts while at the same time delivering a comfortable city ride.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door)

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4550

4549

4750

4497

Length (in.)

180.4

188.4

191.3

189.4

Width (in.)

79.1

73.8

75.8

75.9

Height (in.)

77.7

73.6

71.5 73.0

Ground clearance (in.)

8.9

N/A

9.6

8.3

Wheelbase (in.)

101.9

118.4

109.8

116.1

Except for the length, the other exterior dimension of the 2022 Defender is the biggest among all. The Defender is 180.4-inches long, 79.1-inches wide, 77.7-inch tall, and gets 101.9-inches of wheelbase. The closest is the Toyota 4Runner which is 3-inch less wide and 5-inches shorter in height than the Defender. Next comes Jeep Wrangler which is 5-inches less wide and 4-inches shorter in height. That said, the 4Runner has the highest ground clearance of 9.6-inches followed by Defender’s 8.9-inch of ground clearance.

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • An optional panoramic sunroof
  • An optional front and rear skid plates
Safety
9.0/10

Depending on the trim level and spec, the 2022 Defender is available with a comprehensive list of advanced safety features and driving aids, either equipped as standard or available as an option. The comprehensive list of driver assistance technologies includes Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Cruise Control, and Speed Limiter functions, a Driver Condition Monitor, and front and rear Parking Aids.

On top of that, a Driver Assist Pack is also available, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Pre-Collision Monitor, along with Blind Spot Assist, Rear Traffic Monitor, and Clear Exit Monitor. The new Defender features a new and improved braking system that provides quicker and quieter responses than conventional systems, improving safety and the overall driving experience of the car. Although the 2022 Land Rover Defender has not been rated by NHTSA and IIHS yet.

Safety Features:

  • 3D Surround-View Camera
  • Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert And Trailer Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
Competition
9.0/10

2022 Land Rover Defender vs 2021 Jeep Wrangler (4-door)

The Jeep Wrangler is probably one of the closest and the toughest competitors to the new Land Rover Defender. One of the main reasons for the huge success of the Wrangler is its affordable price range, despite which it has the same off-roading prowess as its more expensive competitors, if not better.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 

Just like the Defender, it has extreme off-roading prowess, and that too at a very affordable price range. Wrangler just like the Defender is available in two and four-door variants.

2022 Land Rover Defender vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner (TRD Off-Road)

Where the regular 4Runner lacks with respect to the much premium Defender, the 4Runner TRD Off-Road competently makes up for it. Both are focused on off-road machines with decent on-road manners as well.

2021 Toyota 4Runner

But the Defender does take the edge with a more powerful optional V8 engine, along with more luxury features, and a fresher, more unique styling to make it more relevant in the competition, and for a longer time as well.

2022 Land Rover Defender vs 2021 Ford Bronco (4-door)

The Ford Bronco is a more affordable alternative to the much-expensive Land Rover Defender which costs almost double its price. While its smaller sibling, the Bronco Sport is more of a soft-roader, the Ford Bronco is more of a thoroughbred off-roader.

2021 Ford Bronco

It was designed to compete with the likes of Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, and even the more expensive Defender in terms of off-roading prowess. It might not be as posh and luxurious as the Defender, but its price does justify that very well.

Final Verdict
7.5/10

The 2022 Land Rover Defender competes in a very competitive segment of the market with regards to the prowess and price. But Land Rover has done a great job keeping their legendary car relevant in the market; at least for a few more years to come. Its pricing puts it in a unique position in the market, and its segment as well. It might just be one of the most value-for-money luxurious off-roaders you can get at the moment.

It ticks most of the boxes to be a proper off-roader, and that too in a competent manner as well. The Defender has the potential to give the other cars in its segment a serious run for their money. So if you are looking for a proper 4x4, which can also be used as a daily driver without any complaints, then the 2022 Defender might just be the car for you.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$87350

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

183 cu in

horse power

471 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

197.6 in

wheelbase

119 in

width

79.1 in

Height

77.4 in

Ground Clearance

8.6 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

78.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

17/19/22 mpg


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Gene White

2021 Land Rover Defender

90 P300 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 11, 2022

Swiss army knife of cars

Pros - Can drive it anywhere. Practical layout. Looks beefy.

Cons - Expensive. Dashboard looks a bit plain. Heavy tailgate.

Practicality at its peak The Defender is a $48,355 behemoth of a vehicle built with just one thing on mind, “Practicality”. The car has so many additional accessories on offer and one such accessory that I love is a tent that I can set up on the roof of the Defender an dot surprisingly feels sturdy up there. The car can literally drive on any kinds of surface without dripping a sweat. It migh...

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Features
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Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Elizabeth Jernigan

2021 Land Rover Defender

90 P300 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 3, 2022

SUV with lagging acceleration

Pros - Dynamic off-road capability and comfortable seats

Cons - Expensive vehicle, poor fuel economy, lagging acceleration, poor reliability and safety.

Expensive SUV with subpar performance I did some little off-roading, which was OK; there were no concerns on the highway because the seats are comfy enough for extended trips, but the performance was lacking. I'm never sure when it will take off while accelerating, the uneven response is really dangerous. I would not recommend purchasing this car because it is both risky and pricey. THEY CH...

6/10
Features
5/10
Interior
6/10
Design
4/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
4/10
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Ava Coleman

2021 Land Rover Defender

90 P300 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 7, 2022

My recent addiction!

Pros - *Adjustable air suspensions *Comfortable driving cabin with center armrest *Adequate fuel consumption

Cons - *Limited rear visibillty because of the spare tire *Wider side pillars

Unique and Tech-loaded SUV We just purchased it and have yet to experience its offroading abilities and peak performance on speedways. Its adjustable air suspensions take on bumps and potholes without jerks and I feel smooth while driving on uneven surfaces. The powertrain combination of a turbocharged 2.0L engine and an AWD setup consumes fuel adequately to render a decent combined range of 23mp...

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10/10
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9/10
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