2020 Land Rover Defender

MSRP $49,900

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2020 Land Rover Defender Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 20, 2021

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After a hiatus of almost more than 20 years, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is back with a bang. Its sale price starts from $49,900 for the 110 trim while the top-spec 110 X trim is priced at $80,900. It is available in two body styles and just one AWD configuration. Similarly, two engines are on offer- a 296-hp turbo-4 engine and a 395-hp turbo-6 engine assisted with a 48V mild-hybrid system. The latter engine is very powerful to achieve 5.8 seconds for a 0-60 MPH sprint. 

2020 Land Rover Defender side angle view

When it comes to off-roading, the Defender offers an array of off-road equipment. When properly equipped, the Defender's towing capacity is rated at 8,201 pounds. The cabin is a mix of upscale and basic materials. Its different configurations can seat up to 5, 6, or 7 passengers. The Defender also offers a long list of advanced safety techs, although it is not rated for its safety. The Defender faces stiff competition from the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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Pros

Amazing off-road dynamics

Opulent interior setup with cutting-edge technology

Refined powertrains to tackle the off-road terrain

Smooth ride quality in daily conditions as well

Long list of active safety features

Cons

A bit too pricey as you move up the trim pyramid

Heavy cargo door

What's New?

All-new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

296 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

295 ft-lb. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.7/12.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

197.6 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

77.4 in.

curb weight

4815 lbs.

ground clearance

11.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

78.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

payload capacity

1984 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/20 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$49,900 onwards

P300$49,900 onwards

P400$62,250 onwards

First Edition P400$68,650 onwards

X P400$80,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Land Rover Defender in Emerald Green Metallic color
Emerald Green 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 Land Rover Defender packs legitimate off-road capability and makes no sacrifice in on-road comfort- Edmunds

The iconic Defender nameplate is now back with an amalgamation of Land Rover’s new design philosophy and some retro details from the 1950s. This off-roader aims to appeal to the youthful audience by offering a combination of advanced technology, opulence, and off-roading capability. Safety-wise, the Defender offers top-notch driver aids for never-ending and safe off-road adventures. 

However, owning a Defender can dig a deep hole in your pockets. being a luxury off-road SUV, the Defender's ownership costs are really high. You can expect around $12,400 every year for its maintenance, depreciation, insurance, fuel, repair, etc. On top of that, its miles per dollar ratio is calculated to be 4.64, which is more than the Wrangler but almost equal to the 4Runner. 

2020 Land Rover Defender basic SUV front view
2020 Land Rover Defender basic SUV rear view

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Safety


2020 Land Rover Defender Buying Advice

The 110 S trim with the base engine feels powerful enough to take on rougher terrains. Apart from the wide array of standard features, this model adds 12-way power front leather seats, auto high-beam headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. If you still want to indulge in a true Land Rover feeling and money isn’t a problem for you, the 110 First Edition will be the perfect off-road weapon for you.

2020 Land Rover Defender driving view

2020 Land Rover Defender Features

Staying true to its rugged roots, partial-leather upholstery isn’t available as standard until you reach the Defender S trim- Kelly Blue Book

The Land Rover Defender has a total of seven trims to choose from. Around six of them are the 110 variant, which is the standard 4-door SUV. The 90 variant is a special shorter wheelbase version, with only 2 doors  Prices range between $49,900 and $80,900, plus a $1,350 destination fee. AWD configuration is standard throughout the lineup. 

2020 Land Rover Defender side view

 The 110 and the 110 S trim get a 296-hp 2.0L turbo-4 engine while the rest of the trims come with a 395-hp 3.0L turbo-6 engine assisted with a 48V mild-hybrid setup. The Defender is feature-loaded even on the base trim and as you climb the trim ladder, more comfort and technological features add to the list. Land Rover also offers few optional packages to suit your needs. 

Trim

110

110 S 

110 SE 

90 First Edition

110 HSE 

110 First Edition

110 X 

MSRP (AWD)

$49,900

$53,350

$62,250

$65,100

$68,350

$68,650

$80,900

Key Features

6-speaker sound system

Adds/ Upgrades to 110 trim Adds/ Upgrades to 110 S trim Adds/ Upgrades to 110 SE trim Adds/ Upgrades to 110 SE trim Adds/ Upgrades to 110 HSE trim Adds/ Upgrades to 110 First Edition trim
 

10-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

19-inch alloy wheels

10-speaker Meridian Sound System with subwoofer

Front middle jump seat

Windsor leather seats

Satellite radio

Heads-up display

  Dual-zone automatic climate control

Leather upholstery

Rearview camera Heated front outboard seats

14-way power front seats with memory

Heated steering wheel

Heated rear seats
  Auto-dimming rearview mirror

12-way power front seats

Rear cross-traffic alert 20-inch alloy wheels Heated & ventilated front seats Front center console refrigerator

14-speaker Meridian premium sound system and subwoofer

 

Proximity keyless entry

12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 

Premium LED headlights

Folding fabric roof Panoramic roof

Terrain Response System

Rear tow recovery hooks
  Wireless device charging

Auto high-beam headlights

Power-adjustable steering column

 

 

 

All-Terrain Cruise Control

  8-way power front cloth seats  

Fog lamps

   

 

Adaptive cruise control
  Adaptive air suspension           Household-style 115V power outlet

2020 Land Rover Defender Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The gearbox is wonderful -- on long stretches of dirt roads, it never hunts for the right gear- Cnet

Land Rover powers its P300 Defender with a 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine that generates 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. It works in synchrony with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. For drivers hungry for more power, a 3.0L turbo inline-6 engine is standard on P400 models. This engine develops 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. of torque and makes full utilization of its 48V mild hybrid system. With a maximum towing capacity of 8,201 pounds, the Defender is one of the best in its class. 

2020 Land Rover Defender engine

The Defender is a certified off-road crawler, thanks to a treasure of off-roading equipment. The SUV comes standard with coil springs for the suspension setup, however, it can be upgraded to an air suspension that adjusts your ride height as per the terrain. The Defender is surprisingly nimble while going through corners and exhibits zero signs of body roll. It is also capable of wading through 35.4 inches of knee-deep water, which is a highlight of its off-roading prowess.

2020 Land Rover Defender driving view

In terms of on-road performance, the Defender performs decently. It accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 7.7 seconds and completes the quarter-mile test in 16.4 seconds. With the 395-hp inline-6 engine equipped, the Defender does the same in 5.8 seconds. That's considerably quick for a 4,815-pound SUV. The Defender offers a splendid braking performance. The Defender is equipped with massive 6-piston brake calipers in the front and 4-piston in the rear that help to take 130 feet when stopped from 60 MPH. 

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MSRP

$49,900

$42,195

$49,765

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.6L V6

4.0L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Automatic

Power 

296 hp @ 5,500 RPM

285 hp @ 6,400 RPM

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

295 lb-ft. @ 1,500 RPM

260 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM

278 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.9 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter-Mile

16.4 sec

15.6 sec

16.1 sec

Top-Speed

119 MPH

121 MPH

115 MPH

Towing Capacity 8,201 lbs 3,500 lbs 5,000 lbs

Taking advantage of its light curb weight, the less-expensive Jeep Wrangler accelerates quicker than the Defender. It is the only SUV here to come with manual transmission for those automobile purists. The Toyota 4Runner is another off-road SUV, giving challenge to the Defender. However, both the rivals fall short of towing capacity. 

2020 Land Rover Defender Fuel Economy

With either engine and in either body style, the 2020 Land Rover Defender isn’t efficient- The Car Connection

The Land Rover Defender can spin for 17 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway, equating to a combined economy of 18 MPG. These subpar figures are expected from an off-road crawler, so fuel-conscious families might be in for a disappointment. On the other hand, the powerful 395-hp Defender Hybrid returns 19 MPG combined, which is pretty good. 

2020 Land Rover Defender three-quarter view

The Defender’s humongous tank capacity of 23.8 gallons permits it to a stellar range of 428 miles combined. The Defender Hybrid ups the game and travels up to 452 miles before visiting the gas station for a refuel. Still, it would be better to take a few extra fuel cans as emergency supplies if you are planning to venture into the wild.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MPG (City)

17

`17

17

MPG (Highway)

20

23

20

MPG (Combined)

18

19

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.8

21.5

23.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

405/476/428

366/495/408

391/460/414

The Jeep Wrangler is definitely the least fuel-hungry off-road crawler, although it may end up on more fuel stops than the Defender. The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro follows the footsteps of the Defender in terms of fuel economy. Although the Defender may not be the most fuel-conscious SUV out there, its large fuel tank lends it a class-leading mileage figure.

2020 Land Rover Defender Interior

7.5/10

Adventurists seeking a rugged, raw experience within the new Defender 110 will find a mixed bag of cabin hardware- Automobile Magazine

Inside, the Land Defender follows a classic old-school approach by borrowing some visual cues from its other Land Rover siblings. A magnesium beam runs across the full length of the dashboard, adding a rugged military-style feel to the cabin just like the exposed rivets in the door panels. The gear shift knob is placed absurdly but it is the highlight of the interior. In its standard configuration, the Defender seats only five people but adding the middle jump seats in the front row increases to six. 

2020 Land Rover Defender dashboard

Moving on to the front seats, there is a lot of room to stretch your legs out and power adjustability. These seats are also heated and cooled on higher trims. The leather and heated steering wheel is also power-adjustable to attain the best driving position. In the rear, legroom somewhat gets limited in the short-wheelbase version. Otherwise, legroom is great in long-wheelbase models. The optional third-row seats are almost impractical unless you are planning to seat your children there.

2020 Land Rover Defender infotainment screen

The Defender includes some mouthwatering bits of technology like a high-resolution 10-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a head-up display. The all-new Pivi Pro interface offers lightning-quick response times and also supports OTA updates. Moreover, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim level. A Meridian 10-speaker or a 14-speaker audio system is available as optional extras, to bring the party live inside your SUV but a 6-speaker stereo is standard.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.6/60.8/39.1

42.6/55.7/41.2

38.6/57.8/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/59.2/39.1

41.7/57.7/38.3

38.6/57.8/32.9

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)

34.0

31.7

47.2

In terms of cargo capacity, the Defender is average in its class. Once the tailgate is opened, you will see 34 cu-ft. of space. Fold the rear seat to get 78.8 cu-ft. behind the first-row seats. In the case of short-wheelbase models, you just get a maximum cargo space of 58.3 cu-ft. Besides this, you can also put additional items on the roof rails that can carry a maximum load of 370 pounds. Some main interior bits of the Defender are:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel 
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 14-way power front heated, cooled leather seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Front center console refrigerator
  • Household-style 115V power outlet
  • 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Wireless charging
  • 12.3-inch customizable instrument cluster
  • 10 & 14-speaker Meridian premium audio system

2020 Land Rover Defender Exterior

The Defender's design is a fun intersection between Bond villain chase car and safari exploration vehicle- Motor1

The all-new Land Rover Defender may be boxy in shape but it is nevertheless an intimidating sight on the streets. It however sacrifices its traditional body-on-frame structure for a more versatile unibody construction. The LED headlights have a menacing look and the exterior shines with radiance with a panoramic roof. There are step plates on the hood but they are not functional. The 8.6-inch ground clearance is good enough to go into the wild and explore your adventures. 

2020 Land Rover Defender driving view

From the side view, there's an air vent above the front fender and black plastic cladding that runs from the front to the rear. Interestingly, there's a body-colored patch smack in the middle of the C-pillar. You can get a lockable box mounted here. The Defender is arguably most distinctive from behind. Land Rover has retained the sharp edges on the rear corners and the LED taillights are like nothing else on the road, stacked rounded squares flanked by more stacked rounded squares.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,815

4,449

4,750

Length (in)

197.6

188.4

191.3

Width (in)

79.1

73.8

75.8

Height (in)

77.5

73.6

72.0

Ground Clearance (in)

8.6

10.8

9.6

Wheelbase (in)

118.9

118.4

109.8

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro has the shortest wheelbase among the lot. Hence, its rear row lacks enough legroom for adults. Being a true off-roader, the Jeep Wrangler offers a high ground clearance of 10.8 inches, which is good enough to crawl mountains or huge rocks. Some cool exterior highlights of the Defender are:

  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Front & rear fog lights
  • Puddle lamps
  • Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
  • 18 & 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Skid plates and reinforced steel bumpers
  • Black roof rails
  • Metallic grille
  • Black rocker panel 

2020 Land Rover Defender Safety

7.0/10

Among the slew of available driver-assistance technology, the Rover has several unique systems tailored for off-roading and towing- CarAndDriver

Since the Land Rover Defender constantly traverses treacherous terrain, safety is a paramount factor in ensuring passengers' safety. Unfortunately, both NHTSA and IIHS didn't rate the Defender for its safety. Fortunately, the brand claimed it be one of the strongest Land Rover ever created, thanks to the modified D7 aluminum chassis.

2020 Land Rover Defender three-quarter view

The Defender leaves no stone unturned to ensure maximum safety of its off-roading beast. It offers a plethora of standard active safety techs offered in the Defender: The Defender also adds a few driver aids as optional features. Furthermore, the SUV comes standard with a suite of six airbags. The list of active safety features are given below:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic speed-limit recognition
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Head-up display
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Auto high-beam headlights

2020 Land Rover Defender Competition

2020 Land Rover Defender vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler

One of the main differences between the two SUVs is the price. The Jeep Wrangler is much cheaper than the Defender. The trade-off for that is fewer standard features and a less refined interior. The Defender gets the option of a powerful hybrid powertrain and also boasts a better towing capacity. Both SUVs are extreme off-roaders but the Defender excels in providing a smooth ride. The Wrangler is more fuel-efficient but the Defender is ahead in terms of practicality. Very limited safety features are offered in the Wrangler. 

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Land Rover Defender vs 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is an excellent budget off-roader, with its rugged characteristics and great practicality, and reliability. When compared to the fresher Defender, the aging 4Runner veteran simply can’t keep up in terms of interior quality and technology. However, the 4Runner’s low running costs make it a significantly better long-term option than the Defender. On a final note, if money isn’t your concern, the Defender will certainly be a more enjoyable option than the cheaper 4Runner.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

2020 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict

The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is a groundbreaking vehicle, making light work of extreme terrains and exploring places that were previously only possible for a mountain goat. This SUV is probably the most luxurious off-roader you will find on the market. Still, for families on a budget, the Defender’s lavish base price and lofty fuel expenses may end up being more of a liability while exploring remote locales. Nevertheless, the Defender challenges the laws of physics itself with its jaw-dropping off-roading capabilities and is equally easy to live within everyday conditions as well, making it quite a unique purchase for your car collection.

2020 Land Rover Defender three-quarter view

2020 Land Rover Defender FAQs

How much will the 2020 Land Rover Defender cost?

The 2020 Land Rover Defender has a starting sale price of $49,900 and it goes up to $80,900 for the range-topping 110 X trim. 

Is the 2020 Land Rover Defender reliable?

J.D. Power didn't rate the 2020 Land Rover Defender for its reliability. Therefore, we cannot comment on the topic. 

Is the 2020 Land Defender a 7-seater?

The 2020 Land Rover Defender comes standard in a 5-seater configuration. However, 6 and 7-seater configurations are also available. 

Does the Land Rover Defender 90 have seats?

Yes, it has a seating capacity of six and comes with rear seats. 

Which Land Rover Defender engine is the best?

The base 296-hp turbo-4 engine is robust enough to take on rough terrains. With similar fuel economy, a more powerful 395-hp turbo-6 with a mild-hybrid system is available but is a pricey option. Money aside, the latter engine seems to be the best option for the Defender. 

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