2021 Land Rover Defender

MSRP $46,100 - $49,900

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7.3

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2021 Land Rover Defender Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Land Rover has introduced their 2021 Land Rover Defender in the 90” two-door variant to the American market. The new Land Rover Defender has always been a dream SUV for many, especially for the hardcore off-roaders. The 90” two-door variant in specific is such a beauty and has the true essence of an SUV. The road presence is enormous and the off-road capabilities are one of the best without any doubt. Being a Land Rover, the comfort is never compromised with tons of tech and safety features on offer. If you want more space in the rear seat, then you can consider checking out the Defender 110” variant.

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Pros

Unbeatable off-road capabilities 

Premium cabin loaded with tech

Matured ride-quality

Tons of customization options

Cons

Poor fuel economy figures

Optional upgrades can get expensive

Heavy cargo doors

What's New?

90” Two-door variant is new to the American market

Changes in standard and optional features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46100

bodystyle

2dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

119 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

296 hp @ 4000 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.7/12.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.9 in.

length

180.4 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

77.5 in.

curb weight

4550 lbs.

ground clearance

11.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

58.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/19/21 mpg

highway range

491.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

90$46,100 onwards

S$49,400 onwards

P300$49,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Land Rover Defender in Indus Silver Metallic color
Indus Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performance

7.5

Interior

7.5

Safety

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The key reason why someone would consider the 2021 Land Rover 90” is because it is one of the coolest looking hardcore off-rode compact SUVs in the world. The 2021 Land Rover Defender starts at an MSRP of $46,100 and competes against the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.

2021 Land Rover Defender SUV front angle view
2021 Land Rover Defender SUV rear angle view

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Safety


2021 Land Rover Defender Features

The 2021 Land Rover Defender comes in 5 trim options, and the features on offer change depending on the trim you choose. The one thing that it offers across all the trims as standard is some serious off-road capabilities. The base trim of the 2021 Land Rover Defender starts at an MSRP of $46,100 and goes all the way to $80,500 for the top X trim. There are various optional accessories to customize the 2021 Land Rover Defender for personal preferences.

Trim

Base

S

X-Dynamic

First Edition

X

MSRP(CVT)

$46,100

$49,400

$57,800

$64,100

$80,500

Key Features

10" Touchscreen Display

In addition to the Base trim:

In addition to the S trim:

In addition to the X-Dynamic trim:

In addition to the First Edition trim:

 

LED Headlights

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

19-inch wheels with gloss black finish

White contrast roof

Black contrast roof and hood

 

18-inch alloy wheels

40-20-40 Folding Rear Seats

Silicon Silver exterior accents

Electronic air suspension

Starlight Satin chrome exterior accents

 

Fabric 8-way semi-powered front seats

Cruise Control

Smart Device Integration

Heated steering wheel

Orange brake calipers

 

3D surround-view camera system

Remote Keyless Entry

Leather Seats

Seat Memory

14-way Meridian surround sound system

 

Moonroof

Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity

Navigation System

Premium Synthetic Seats

Head-up display

The Land Rover Defender comes with a ton of tech loaded inside the cabin. Although it is a hardcore off-road SUV, it looks very premium and plush from the inside. The top trim gets advanced features like a Heads Up display and 14-way Meridian surround sound system. It also gets a standard 10” touchscreen display, a moonroof, and a 3D surround-view camera system right from the base trim.

We recommend

The base trim of the 2021 Land Rover Defender has a good list of driver assistance and off-road features. It also offers all the basic convenience features and a long list of safety tech. Our recommendation is going for the X-Dynamic trim, as it gives you access to the more powerful 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine. It also features 19-inch alloy wheels and a Meridian sound system as standard. 

2021 Land Rover Defender Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is powered by a standard 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine. The engine produces a peak power of 296 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. Land Rover Defender is not meant for drag races and tracks, it is an off-road SUV. Still, the power figures are more than enough to impress any driver. The thing that goes in the favor of the 2021 Land Rover Defender is that all the 295 lb-ft of peak torque is available at just 1500 rpm. It really helps the Defender while off-roading on tough terrains. 

2021 Land Rover Defender SUV in action mode

If you need even more power, then you have the option to upgrade to a more powerful 3.0L Inline-6 engine. The 2021 Land Rover Defender takes 7.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill. The quarter-mile run takes 16.4 seconds, which is impressive for the base engine of an SUV focused on off-road. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MSRP

$46,100

$39,300

$51,645

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.6L V6

4.0L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

296 hp @ 5500 

285 hp @ 6400 

270 hp @ 5600

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

295 lb-ft @ 1500

260 lb-ft @ 4000 

278 lb-ft @ 4400 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

6.1

7.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.4

15.5

16.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

119

111

115

The 2021 Land Rover Defender produces the most power and torque in our comparison. But when it comes to acceleration, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler takes the lead completing the 60 mph sprint in 6.1 seconds. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro takes the same time to complete the 60 mph sprint, but it is marginally faster in the quarter-mile run. 

How well does the 2021 Land Rover Defender handle?

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is not a sporty handling SUV that you can take on tracks. If you are looking for an SUV for relaxed highway cruising with comfortable ride quality on the road, then the 2021 Defender is the right choice for you. The handling is good enough for most of the driving conditions. The on-road ride quality is the best in the segment for off-road SUVs. It doesn’t toss you around and soaks all the bumps very well.

2021 Land Rover Defender SUV ride and handling

The 2021 Land Rover Defender uses air suspension which allows you to adjust the ground clearance based on the driving conditions. You can lower the height when you are driving on roads to make the ride comfier, and you can again increase the ground clearance when you go to off-road conditions. 

How good is the braking performance of the 2021 Land Rover Defender?

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is a very bulky SUV and has a curb weight of 4,550 lbs. The weight can further increase with optional accessories and customization to the vehicle. That is why it becomes very crucial to equip it with superior braking hardware and tech to stop it on and off the road. The 2021 Land Rover Defender comes equipped with 13.7-inch brake rotors in the rear and 12.8-inch brake rotors in the front wheels. The brakes are good enough to stop the Defender in just 127 feet from 60 mph. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.7

12.9

13.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.8

12.9

12.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,550

4,160

4,750

60-0 (feet)

127

128

144

The 2021 Land Rover Defender takes the distance to come to a halt from 60 mph compared to the other two SUVs. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is just marginally behind taking one extra foot to stop from the same speed. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro comes last and takes 144 feet to stop from 60 mph. The Land Rover Defender impresses with its braking performance and manages its weight very well.

2021 Land Rover Defender Fuel Economy

Hardcore off-road vehicles are notorious for fuel economy, as the tires and other hardware are more powerful than the vehicles designed for on-road conditions. The 2021 Land Rover Defender doesn’t disappoint in this aspect too. It delivers a very decent 18 mpg of fuel economy in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg of combined fuel economy. The fuel economy figures become very decent considering the weight and capabilities of the beast. It comes with a massive 23.4 gallons fuel tank, which makes it capable of delivering a max range of 491 miles on highway trips.

Models

2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MPG (City)

18

17

16

MPG (Highway)

21

25

19

MPG (Combined)

19

20

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.4

17.5

23.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

421/491/445

298/438/350

368/437/391

The 2021 Land Rover Defender takes the lead in fuel economy figures too. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler delivers 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg of combined fuel economy. It loses the battle of the range because of the smallest fuel tank on offer. The 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro delivers 16 mpg in the city,19 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg of combined fuel economy. The Toyota is the least fuel-efficient SUV in the comparison and also offers the least range.

2021 Land Rover Defender Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Land Rover Defender has retained the charm of the old-school Defender. Still, it is a Land Rover by heart and the cabin quality is one of the most premia for the segment. The cabin is loaded with tech and it is very hard to find any cheap materials in the cabin. The cabin space is also not an issue and being the widest SUV in the segment, it offers the best shoulder room for the front row passengers. The seats are super comfortable, and offer tons of adjustment options. You also get the option to choose from the multiple configurations for the seat placements.

2021 Land Rover Defender SUV dashboard image

Models

2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.6/60.8/39.1

42.6/55.7/41.2

38.6/57.8/41.7

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.6/56.4/36.6

41.7/57.7/35.7

38.6/57.8/32.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.6

12.9

47.2

The 2021 Land Rover Defender offers good space in the cabin even with the 90” variant. But if you want more space in the back, you can consider the 110” variant of the SUV. The quality of the cabin is the best of the lot. None of the other two SUVs come even close when it comes to the quality of the interior. The Toyota 4 Runner TRD Pro takes the lead in cargo capacity with a massive 47.2 cubic feet worth of cargo area.

2021 Land Rover Defender SUV front seats

Here are some of the best interior features of the 2021 Land Rover Defender:

  • Tilt and Telescopic Power Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Dual Zone Front Climate Control
  • Keyless entry
  • 8 -Way Power Driver and Passenger Seat

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Land Rover Defender?

The 2021 Land Rover Defender comes with a 10-inch PIVI Pro touchscreen display for the infotainment system. It can also be used for the tons of control for the vehicle. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard making the connectivity seamless. The audio system depends on the trim and the standard audio system is a 6-speaker sound system. You can upgrade the sound system to a 15-speaker Meridian surround sound system on the top X trim.

The infotainment system supports Bluetooth connectivity, voice control, SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio, wireless device charging, and a connected navigation pro. It also supports Speed Compensated Volume Control, which automatically adjusts the volume of the audio system depending on the speed of the vehicle. Here are some of the stand out infotainment features for the 2021 Land Rover Defender:

  • 10-inch PIVI Pro touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 15-speaker Meridian surround sound system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio
  • Wireless device charging
  • Speed Compensated Volume Control

2021 Land Rover Defender Exterior

The 2021 Land Rover Defender has one of the best road presence among the off-road SUVs. The widest stance in the segment differentiates it from the competition. It is also the highest car in the comparison. The Defender looks like a true old-school SUV from the outside with the boxy look. There are also modern bits like the LED headlights and 20-inch all-season tires. The SUV looks very proportionate from all the fronts and the new SUV looks a more modern and fresh form of the Land Rover Defender. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Curb Weight (lb)

4.550

4,160

4,750

Length (inches)

180.4

166.8

191.3

Width (inches)

79.1

73.8

75.8

Height (inches)

77.7

73.6

72.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.5

10.2

9.6

Wheelbase (inches)

101.9

96.8

109.8

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is the widest and highest SUV compared to the other two SUVs. However, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the longest SUV of the lot and it also has the longest wheelbase. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is the most compact in comparison to every aspect. Jeep Wrangler offers the best ground clearance in the comparison, but the 2021 Land Rover Defender has air suspension. The defender can adjust the ground clearance based on the terrain. Here are some of the exterior features of the 2021 Land Rover Defender:

  • 20" All season tires
  • Roof rack rails
  • Automatic LED Headlights and LED Backlights
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Approach Lights

2021 Land Rover Defender Safety

7.0/10

Land Rover claims the platform for the D7 aluminum chassis to be the strongest platform ever on a Land Rover. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not crash-tested the 2021 Land Rover Defender yet. Still, the Land Rover Defender comes equipped with loads of safety tech and driver assistance features. 

The 2021 Land Rover Defender has a tough build quality and the heavy doors make you realize that every time you open the gate. It comes with the driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, an automated emergency braking system, and lane departure warning. Here is the list of advanced safety tech and driver assistance features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • The automated emergency braking system
  • Lane departure warning & Lane Keep Assist
  • Front collision warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Cross-traffic alert and trailer detection
  • 3D Surround-View Camera

2021 Land Rover Defender Competition

2021 Land Rover Defender vs. 2021 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is a much affordable option when it comes to a hardcore off-road SUV. But it does not even come close to the 2021 Land Rover Defender when it comes to the practicality of the SUV. It offers a better ride quality on the road, and the cabin is also more premium. The Jeep Wrangler feels very busy on the road. The 2021 Land Rover Defender is a better choice between the two for overall practicality.

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Land Rover Defender vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a relatively older SUV, and the cabin has also aged over time. The 2021 Land Rover Defender on the other hand feels younger and premium. The 5-speed automatic transmission takes away from the drive quality of the Toyota 4Runner. Toyota 4Runner also offers lesser fuel efficiency. Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is good for one thing and that is the reliability of Toyota for longer periods. However, the 2021 Land Rover Defender offers a better package at a lesser price.

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

 

2021 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict

The new Land Rover Defender is the favorite SUV among off-road enthusiasts for a reason. The off-road capability of the SUV is undoubtedly one of the best in the segment. It also offers a premium cabin and it is loaded with the latest technology. The 2021 Defender makes tackling the off-road obstacles an easy task for the driver. It stays on the top of our recommendation list for the value that it offers.

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