2022 Land Rover Defender

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2022 Land Rover Defender Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 15, 2021

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Probably one of the most legendary cars in the history of off-roaders, the Defender is a proper four-wheel-drive off-roader designed and built by Land Rover. 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. That being said, the 2022 Defender is getting some important updates to keep it more up-to-date in the market, and relevant in the competition.

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Pros

Outstanding off-road capability

Smooth ride on tarmac

Loads of customization options.

Advanced off-road tech and safety features.

Cons

Gets expensive with add-on features

Mediocre fuel efficiency

The base engine feels underpowered

What's New?

A supercharged V8 engine added

Terrain Response drive mode added to V8 models

More new features and packages for 2022

A new XS trim and Carpathian trim added

A new 11.4-inch touchscreen available as an option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46250

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

296 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $46,250 Est. onwards

296 hp @ 5500 rpm |

Colors and Styles

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

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For starters, the 2022 Defender is getting a new supercharged V8 in its powertrain lineup, along with a larger touchscreen display for the infotainment system. On top of that, new special edition packages and trim levels are also supposed to be debuted. It is still available in two body types, viz. 90 (which is a two-door SUV), and 110 (which is a more traditional four-door SUV). Speaking about trim levels, it is available in eight trims. Although an SUV with a legendary status, it now faces steep competition from some of the other capable off-roaders in the market like the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, and Ford Bronco.

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

2022 Land Rover Defender Features

The 2022 Land Rover Defender comes in a mind-boggling eight 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.

Trims

Base

S

X-Dynamic S

X-Dynamic SE

X-Dynamic HSE

X

V8

V8 Carpathian Edition

MSRP (90)

$47,700

$51,100

$59,500

$65,100

$69,600

$83,500

$97,200

$104,000

MSRP (110)

$50,500

$54,000

-

$68,000

$72,500

$86,000

$100,400

$107,200

Key Features

18-inch steel wheels

Adds or upgrades to ‘Base’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S

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’

Adds or upgrades to ‘V8’

 

LED headlights

LED headlights with high beam assist

X-dynamic badge

Premium LED headlights with signature DRL

Panoramic sunroof

Black contrast roof and hood

22-inch alloy wheels

22-inch 5-spoke gloss-black alloy wheels

 

Auto-dimming inner rearview mirror

19-inch alloy wheels

Illuminated metal scuff plate

Front fog lights

14-way powered front seats with heating and ventilation

Electronic active differential

V8 badge

Air quality sensor

 

8-way heated and semi-powered fabric upholstery seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

20-inch alloy wheels

Adaptive cruise control

Terrain Response 2

Premium cabin lighting

Driver condition monitor

 

10-inch touchscreen

12-way semi-powered front seats

 

Electrically adjustable steering column

10-inch Pivi Pro interactive driver’s display

4-way manually adjustable headrest

Three-zone climate control

Electronic air suspension with Adaptive dynamics

 

Wireless charging with signal booster

11-speaker Meridian sound system

 

12-way power front seats with memory function

Windsor leather upholstery

Head-up display

3D surround camera

All-terrain progress control

 

3D surround camera

   

14-speaker Meridian sound system

   

Wade sensing

Advanced tow assist

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.

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A true power junkie will without a doubt go for either a V8 or the V8 Caraptian Edition trim. Both are well equipped and get a really powerful engine under the hood. That said, if you don’t crave for the V8 then the S trim starting just above $50,000 is the best bet.

Price

The 2022 Land Rover Defender will be offered in ten trims and the prices will start at $49,050 and will go up to $105,350 for the topmost V8 Carpathian trim. 

Release Date

The 2022 Land Rover Defender is expected to reach the dealerships in the summer of 2021.

2022 Land Rover Defender Engine and Performance

The 2022 Land Rover Defender gets the option to choose between a turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and an efficient six-cylinder P400 Mild-Hybrid (MHEV) powertrain. The P400 MHEV engine comes inline-6 engine and an advanced 48-volt electric supercharger, plus a 48-volt lithium-ion battery together provides 394 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. New for the 2022 model is the powerful P525 Defender V8 offering the ultimate combination of power and capability using Land Rover’s 5.0-liter V8 supercharged petrol engine providing 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Engine Bay

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 7.0 seconds. Jeep Wrangler is the quickest with 6.1 seconds 0-60 mph time and 15.5 seconds quarter-mile time. Next comes Toyota 4Runner with 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds and quarter-mile coming in 16.1 seconds.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender 110 S(P300)

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude

2021 Toyota 4Runner (TRD Pro)

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door) First Edition

MSRP

$54,000

$50,155

$50,745

$38,160

Engine

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

4.0L V6

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

4WD

4WD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

296 hp @ 5500 rpm

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

All engines come mated to a smooth and responsive eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and twin-speed transmission, 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 integral link rear suspension optimize off-road performance while delivering excellent handling dynamics.

Among the rivals, the Land Rover Defender is the most powerful with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque under the hood. Next is the Jeep Wrangler with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque followed by Ford Bronco with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. All the above three get a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the 4.0L V6 powered Toyota 4Runner puts out a modicum 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Land Rover Defender Fuel Economy

As mentioned earlier, the 2022 Land Rover Defender is available with a choice of three different powertrain options depending on the trim level. Although the EPA fuel economy ratings are fairly similar across the different powertrains, they do vary slightly with regards to their fuel efficiency. The P300 petrol engine can deliver a combined mileage of up to 18 mpg, the P400 in-line six-cylinder Ingenium petrol, with MHEV technology can deliver a little better-combined mileage of 22 mpg. The fuel economy figures of the V8 powertrain are yet to be released by the company.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender 110 S(P300)

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude

2021 Toyota 4Runner (TRD Pro)

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door) First Edition

MPG (City)

17

21

16

N/A

MPG (Highway)

20

24

19

N/A

MPG (Combined)

18

22

17

N/A

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.8

21.5

23.0

16.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

404.6 / 476.0 / 428.4

451.5 / 516.0 / 473.0

368.0 / 437.0 / 391.0

N/A

The Jeep Wrangler is the most fuel-efficient among all with 21/24/22 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively. Next comes the Land Rover Defender with 17/20/18 mpg of fuel mileage followed by the Toyota 4Runner with 21/24/22 mpg of fuel efficiency. 

2022 Land Rover Defender Interior

The 2nd generation Defender is on a whole new level with regards to the interior of the car. For its interior, it gets a constructivist modular interior architecture, which on top of being really nice looking, it is highly functional as well. The whole dashboard, along with the center console has 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.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Front Seats

Practicality was something the old Defender was known for, and the new one also carries forward the same approach. Although the 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.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Dashboard

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. 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 boost total capacity to 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 110 S(P300)

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude

2021 Toyota 4Runner (TRD Pro)

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door) First Edition

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.6 / 60.8 / 39.1

40.7 / 55.7 / 41.2

38.6 / 57.8 / 41.7

39.1 / 57.3 / 42.4

2nd Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.4 / 59.2 / 39.1

40.2 / 55.7 / 38.3

38.6 / 57.8 / 32.9

41.7 / 55.6 / 36.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

34.0 

31.7

47.2

N/A

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 LAnd Rover Defender with 34 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. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • 10-inch Pivi Pro driver’s display
  • AM/FM
  • HD Radio
  • Wifi hotspot
  • 6-speaker audio setup
  • An optional 11- or 14-speaker Meridian premium audio setup
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Interior

2022 Land Rover Defender Exterior

The new 2nd generation 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 feels 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

It is based on a lightweight aluminum monocoque construction 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.

To differentiate the Defender X from the other trim levels, the front and rear skid pans and other detailed exterior parts are coated in a Starlight Satin finish. And to bridge the gap between the two, X-Dynamic blends gloss painted Narvik Black exterior door and wheel arch cladding with Silicon Satin skid pans. 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. As a result, the wheels can withstand up to seven tons of vertical load.

Models

2022 Land Rover Defender 110 S(P300)

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited High Altitude

2021 Toyota 4Runner (TRD Pro)

2021 Ford Bronco (4-door) First Edition

Curb Weight (lbs)

4815

4549

4750

3707

Length (inches)

197.6

188.4

191.3

172.7

Width (inches)

79.1

73.8

75.8

74.3

Height (inches)

77.4

73.6

72.0

74.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.6

N/A

9.6

8.8

Wheelbase (inches)

119.0

118.4

109.8

105.1

The exterior dimension of the 2022 Defender has the biggest dimensions among all. The Defender is 197.6-inches long, 79.1-inches wide, 77.4-inch tall, and gets 119-inches of wheelbase. The closest is the Toyota 4Runner which is 6-inches smaller, 3-inch less wide, 5-inches shorter in height and has 10-inches of lesser wheelbase than the Defender. Next comes Jeep Wrangler which is 9-inches smaller, 5-inches less wide, 4-inches shorter in height, and has an almost similar wheelbase as the Defender. That said, the 4Runner has the highest ground clearance of 9.6-inches followed by Bronco’s 8.8-inch of ground clearance.

2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior
2022 Land Rover Defender SUV Exterior

2022 Land Rover Defender Safety

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 which includes 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. The new 2nd generation Land Rover Defender has not been rated by NHTSA and IIHS yet.

But it has been rated by Euro NCAP where the new Defender 110 has a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, scoring 85 percent for Adult and Child Occupant protection and 79 percent for Safety Assist. So the 2022 Defender should be pretty safe in post-crash scenarios, and the plethora of advanced driving aids also means that it should be able to prevent mishaps from happening in the first place. Highlights of the safety features include:

  • 3D Surround-View Camera
  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • 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

2022 Land Rover Defender Competition

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 Pro)

Where the regular 4Runner lacks with respect to the much premium Defender, the 4Runner TRD Pro competently makes up for it. Both are focused 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. Just like the new Defender, it also gets a pretty unique and eye-catching design.

2022 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict

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 to keep 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 proper production off-roader money can buy right now.

It manages to tick most of the boxes to be a proper off-roader, and that too in a really 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 with proper off-roading capabilities, which can also be used as a daily driver without any complaints, then the 2022 Defender might just be the car for you.

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