2020 Land Rover Defender

MSRP $49,900 - $80,900

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7.3

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2020 Land Rover Defender Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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After a hiatus of almost more than 20 years, the Land Rover Defender is back with a bang. Since the Defender went into a deep slumber back in 1990 there were no major changes to it since then, there have been a lot of off-roading vehicles that have taken its place. However, the Defender wakes up from its slumber again to teach its challengers a thing or two about stellar off-roading. 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.

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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

Cons

A bit too pricey as you move up the trim pyramid

Heavy cargo door

What's New?

The Defender nameplate is again a part of the Land Rover lineup for 2020

Optional 7 seating capacity


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


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Trims

P300$49,900 onwards

S$53,350 onwards

P400$62,250 onwards

HSE$68,350 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

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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


While there are very few true off-roaders left in the segment, the Defender still faces stiff competition from the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner. With the Ford Bronco also in the cards for 2021, can the 2020 Land Rover Defender set up the momentum to lead the off-roading segment in the upcoming years?


7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Safety


2020 Land Rover Defender Features

The Land Rover Defender has a total of 7 configurations to choose from. Of these, 6 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 instead of 4. Here is an overview of all the features on offer with the Defender lineup-

Trim

110

110 S

110 SE

110 HSE

110 First Edition

110 X

90 First Edition

MSRP (FWD)

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$49900

$53350

$62250

$68350

$68650

$80900

$65100

Key Features

180-watt 6-speaker sound system

In addition to or replaces 110 trim features with:

In addition to or replaces 110 S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces 110 SE trim features with:

In addition to or replaces 110 HSE trim features with:

In addition to or replaces 110 First Edition trim features with:

In addition to or replaces 110 X trim features with:

 

10-inch touchscreen

19-inch wheels

400-watt 10-speaker Meridian Sound System with subwoofer

Windsor leather seats

Grained leather seats with Robust Woven Textile facings and 12-way power front seats

Heads-Up Display

2-door SUV configuration

 

LED headlights

Leather and cloth upholstery

Front seat memory

14-way heated and cooled power front seats with memory

Heated leather steering wheel

Windsor leather and Steel-cut Premium Textile seats

Ebony grained leather seats with Robust Woven Textile seat facings

 

Heated power-fold door mirrors with approach lights and auto-dimming

12-way power front seats

ClearSight interior rearview mirror

Extended leather upgrade

First Edition badge and Black Exterior Pack

700-watt 14-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System and subwoofer

Front jump seat

 

Cloth seating with leather-wrapped steering wheel

Upgraded power-adjustable front seats

 

Premium LED headlights with signature DRL and front fog lights

Adaptive Cruise Control

Front center console refrigerator compartment

Black contrast roof, Narvik Gloss Black hood, Starlight Satin Chrome exterior accents

Pangea Green metallic paint

 

Adjustable air suspension 

Auto High-Beam Assist

Power-adjustable steering column

Sliding panoramic roof

Terrain Response 2 and Configurable Terrain Response

All-Terrain Progress Control

White contrast roof and available folding fabric roof option

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

 

Dark Grey brake calipers

 

Metal treadplates with First Edition branding

Orange brake calipers

 

Which Trim should you buy?

Personally, we would love to opt for the smaller 90 variants for a more stellar off-roading experience. However, if you have a family, the 110 variant would be a more practical buy for you. Speaking of the preferred trim level, we would obviously go for the well-rounded SE trim. This trim justifies its value with features like 19-inch aluminum wheels, automatic high-beam headlamps, power-adjustable front seats, and a digital gauge display. 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 Engine and Performance

7.5/10

Land Rover powers its 2021 Defender with the same engine that has worked miracles to tackle difficult and treacherous terrain. Yes, we are talking about a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that works in synchrony with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Its power output of 296 hp is adequate to wade through rocks and gravel while its torque output of 295 lb-ft grants the SUV enough power to cruise through regular highways as well.

For drivers hungry for more power, Land Rover also offers Jaguar’s all-new 3-liter turbo inline-6 engine. This 6-cylinder engine is potent enough to charge up the SUV with its terrific power output of 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. This upgraded engine makes full utilization of its 48 V mild hybrid system. Like a true off-roader, a 4x4 drivetrain is standard on all trims of the 2020 Land Rover Defender lineup.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MSRP

$49900

$38695

$49865

Engine

2.0-liter Turbo Premium Inline-4

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

4.0-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD

6-speed manual/8-speed automatic w/OD

5-speed automatic w/OD

Power (hp @ RPM

296 @ 5500

285 @ 6400

270 @ 5600

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

295 @ 1500

260 @ 4800

278 @ 4400

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.3

6.7

8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.8

15.2

16.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

119

121

115

The Land Rover Defender flexes its performance muscles with its leading power output of 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. The Land Rover’s bigger 6-cylinder engine widens the gap between its rivals even further. The Defender also edges out the Wrangler and the 4Runner in the speed charts, proving itself to be a better highway cruiser.

How well does the 2020 Land Rover Defender handle?

The Land Rover 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 SUV is surprisingly nimble while going through corners and exhibits zero signs of body roll. 

The ride isn’t exactly the most luxurious one you would expect from a Land Rover, but it is smooth enough to quickly zip through rocky terrain. The Defender 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 Braking Performance

Despite possessing a curb weight of over 5000 lbs, the Land Rover Defender offers a splendid braking performance. This SUV is adept at maintaining its control in hard braking situations. The Defender is equipped with massive 6-piston brake calipers in the front and 4-piston in the rear, which lends it a commanding braking performance. Further, with the assistance of some driver aids, the Defender can come to a halt from 60 mph within a distance of 130 feet. This puts it on par with some of its rivals.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.7

12.9

13.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.8

13.4

12.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4815 lb.

4160 lb.

4750 lb.

60-0 (feet)

130

128

183

The Jeep Wrangler rubicon annihilates its competition in the braking sector, with its impressive 60-0 braking stat of 128 feet which is about 2 feet lesser than the land rover due to its less curb weight of only 4160 lbs. Meanwhile, the Toyota 4 Runner struggles when compared to its counterparts and manages to stop from 60 -0 mph in 183 feet which is nowhere near the other two cars.

2020 Land Rover Defender Fuel Economy

The Land Rover Defender can spin for an MPG of 17 in the city and 20 on the highway, equating to a combined MPG of 18. These subpar figures are expected from an off-road crawler like the Defender, so fuel-conscious families might be in for a disappointment. The Defender’s humongous tank capacity of 23.8 gallons permits it to a stellar range of 404.6 miles on the city and 476 miles on the highway. 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 Rubicon

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MPG (City)

17

`17

17

MPG (Highway)

20

25

20

MPG (Combined)

18

20

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.8

17.5

23

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

404.6/476/428.4

297.5/437.5/350

391 / 460 /414

Although the Land Rover Defender may not be the most fuel-conscious SUV out there, its large fuel tank lends it a class-leading mileage figure. The Jeep Wrangler is definitely the least fuel-hungry off-road crawler, although it may end up on more fuel stops than the Defender. On the other hand, the Jeep offers the highest fuel economy when it comes to the highway.

2020 Land Rover Defender Interior

7.5/10

Inside, the Defender follows a classic old-school approach by borrowing some visual cues from its other Land Rover siblings. There is nothing overtly luxurious inside the cabin, but there is a snug feeling of familiarity that you can feel inside the Defender just like any other Land Rover. Under the infotainment display, Land Rover integrates a trapezoidal extension housing in all the climate control and driving mode switches. 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.

Moving on to the front seats, there is a lot of room to stretch your leg out and power adjustability to adjust the seats as per your incline. In the rear, legroom somewhat gets limited as you move further behind the rows. The Optional 3rd-row seats are almost impractical unless you are planning to seat your children there. These seats can be folded to clear up a cargo space of about 34 cubes. Folding down the 2nd-row seats as well frees up a maximum cargo space of about 78.8 cubic feet. 

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Seating Capacity

5

4

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)

40.4/59.2/39.1

41.7/57.7/35.7

38.6/57.8/32.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

34

12.9

47.2

While the Defender isn’t as spacious as its larger Land Rover Discovery sibling, it still manages to offer competitive interior dimensions when compared to other off-roading rivals like the Toyota 4Runner. The best interior bits of the Defender are:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Magnesium bar dashboard
  • Clearsight rearview camera
  • 8-way powered front seats
  • Fabric seat upholstery
  • Leather upholstery in higher trims

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Land Rover Defender includes some mouthwatering bits of technology like a high-resolution 10-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, and a heads-up display. The driver can relish two of these perks with the higher trim levels, but the 8-inch touchscreen comes standard on the base trims. The all-new Pivi Pro interface offers lightning-quick response times and also supports OTA updates, compared to the Touch Pro Duo interface used on the rest of the Land Rover lineup.

Moreover, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim level. There’s Navigation, an onboard WiFi hotspot, and a 6-speaker audio system available as standard. A Meridian 10-speaker or a 14-speaker audio system is available as optional extras, to bring the party live inside your SUV. In a nutshell, the Defender’s tech suite contains the following cutting-edge gizmo:

  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • Pivi Pro interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation system
  • WiFi hotspot

2020 Land Rover Defender Exterior

The 2020 Land Rover Defender may be boxy in shape but it is nevertheless an intimidating sight on the streets. The new-gen Defender however sacrifices its traditional body-on-frame structure for a more versatile unibody construction. The old solid axles have also been replaced with a more off-road focused fully independent suspension. The LED headlights have a menacing look and the exterior shines with radiance with a panoramic roof. 

Land Rover also proclaims its Defender as an SUV ready for any terrain, thanks to the safety of the skid plates and reinforced steel bumpers. The Defender also includes a host of equipment to facilitate your outdoor activities, like a roof rack, insulated tent, bike stand, a ski-snowboard carrier, and a 1.7-gallon water reservoir with a sprayer hose to keep your SUV clean from dirty mud.

Models

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Curb Weight (lb)

4815 lb.

4160 lb.

4750 lb.

Length (inches)

197.6

166.8

191.3

Width (inches)

79.1

73.8

75.8

Height (inches)

77.5

73.6

72

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.6

10.8

9.6

Wheelbase (inches)

118.9

96.8

109.8

The Defender has a significantly larger wheelbase than the Wrangler and the 4Runner. The Defender has a smaller wheelbase variant as well. The Jeep Wrangler, with its short wheelbase, offers a great vehicle for the city as well. It can dart through traffic like a piece of cake. It measures only 166.8 inches. The exterior bits of the Defender are:

  • LED headlights
  • 18-inch Gloss White Steel wheels
  • Skid plates and reinforced steel bumpers
  • Panoramic sunroof

2020 Land Rover Defender Safety

7.0/10

Since the Land Rover Defender constantly traverses treacherous terrain, safety is a paramount factor in ensuring passengers' safety. Fortunately, Land Rover leaves no stone unturned to ensure maximum safety of its off-roading beast, as chief design Gerry McGovern already claimed it be one of the strongest Land Rover ever created, thanks to the modified D7 aluminum chassis. Standard Active safety techs offered in the Defender:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

2020 Land Rover Defender Competition

2020 Land Rover Defender vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler

The new Land Rover Defender breaks the shackles of traditions by opting for an aluminum-intensive unibody and all-independent suspension with height-adjustable air springs on upscale models. The Jeep Wrangler on the other hand still runs on the basic formula of a body-on-frame structure. On that note, the Defender excels in providing a smooth and refined ride in both on-road and off-road conditions. The Wrangler is still significantly smaller than the Defender, which on paper should give it an advantage in extreme rock-crawling scenarios. 

Still, the Defender’s bigger size allows it to accommodate more passengers inside. The Defender also has the edge in the power charts despite its weight disadvantage. Summing up all the points, the Wrangler should be your go-to option if you only care about extreme rock crawling although the Land Rover Defender is a much better all-round option, albeit at a higher base price.

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 decent practicality and reliability proving to be its key selling point. However, it has been ages since the 4Runner last got a redesign. When compared to the fresher Land Rover Defender, the aging Toyota veteran simply can’t keep up in terms of interior quality and technology. The 4Runner does make amends by offering an off-road prowess similar to the Defender. Also, the 4Runner’s low running costs and excellent reliability reputation make it a significantly better long-term option than the Defender. On a final note, if money isn’t your concern, the Land Rover Defender will certainly be a more enjoyable option than the cheaper Toyota 4Runner.

2020 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict

The 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, thanks to Land Rover’s exquisite creature comforts and technology in abundance inside. Still, for families on a budget, the Defender’s lavish base price and lofty fuel expenses may end up being more of 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 with in everyday conditions as well, making it quite a unique purchase for your car collection.

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