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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 110 Standard 4dr 4x4
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Price:   -  From $49,900
2020 110 S 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $53,350
2020 110 SE 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $62,250
2020 90 First Edition 2dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $65,100
2020 110 HSE 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $68,350
2020 110 First Edition 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $68,650
2020 110 X 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $80,900
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3.4 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

You'll be forgiven if you thought Land Rover has always made the brunt of its money by building Range Rovers, but this wasn't always the case. The Land Rover reputation was made into what it is today through rugged, go-anywhere Land Rover trucks that could endure even the most brutal of conditions.

The original Defender was exactly this sort of machine. This favorite of African safaris and South American jungles hasn't been offered stateside since the mid-90s. Now, however, the Brits have introduced an all-new Defender, and are once again offering it to American consumers.

As with its predecessors, the new 2020 Land Rover Defender has been designed with the most extreme conditions in mind. It boasts a roof designed to hold a 661-pound static load, a two-speed transfer case, an adjustable air suspension with up to 5.8 inches of upward adjustment, a side-hinged tailgate with an externally mounted spare, and a 35-inch maximum wading depth.

With its butch looks and impressive resume of features, the new Defender looks to be making up for its quarter-century absence from U.S. showrooms.

Choosing Your Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is available in six trims: Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition, and X. Pricing starts at $50,925 including destination for the base Defender and runs up to $81,925 for the Defender X.

The first Defenders arrive in a four-door configuration, denoted by Land Rover as Defender 110. A two-door model deemed Defender 90 will arrive late in the model year.

Engine Choices

Base models and the S are motivated by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine dubbed P300 by Land Rover. The rest of the lineup uses a hybrid powertrain called P400 that couples a 3.0-liter straight-six to a starter-generator electric motor and 48-volt electrical system.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueTowing CapacityFuel Economy (Combined)
P300 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder296 hp295 lb-ft7,716 poundsNot Yet Rated
P400 3.0L 6-Cylinder Hybrid395 hp406 lb-ft8,201 poundsNot Yet Rated

Fuel economy has yet to be measured by the EPA. While the hybrid six-cylinder will be the more efficient of the two, don't expect it to transform the Defender into a river-fording Prius. The real benefit of the hybrid system is the extra power and improved towing capacity.

All Defenders, of course, are four-wheel drive. The high ride height, short overhangs, and the aforementioned two-speed transfer case allow it to get from the heart of the urban jungle to the heart of the real jungle.

Optional equipment improves capability and makes exploiting it easier. Terrain Response 2 and Configurable Terrain Response are two such available systems. Both offer multiple drive modes and customizable settings for fine-tuning the vehicle for the terrain at hand. Configurable Terrain Response is the more advanced of the two terrain management systems and is standard on Defender X.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Land Rover has made the Defender just about as configurable as a minivan. In two-door 90 guise, a front bench seat is standard, which brings total seating capacity to six. Four-door 110 models offer the front bench as an option and can also be equipped with a plus-two third row as well. Ordering both to make an eight-seater Defender is off the table, but the flexibility is there to configure your 110 as either a five-, six-, or seven-seater.

Cargo space is plentiful in both models. Defender 90s have 15.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 58 cubes when the rear seats are folded down. The 110 improves on that significantly: five-seat models can hold 34 cubic feet worth of stuff behind their second row, and there's 80 cubic feet to work with when that row is folded. Defender 110 models equipped with the third row have slightly less cargo room in both instances.

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Safety Features

Numerous driver-assistance features are standard. The list includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, a surround-view camera system, and traffic sign recognition. Wade Sensing, which automatically senses when the driver is entering water and prepares the car accordingly, is also standard.

The optional Driver Assist Pack costs $1,275 and includes rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and, on 110 models, an exit monitor that audibly alerts passengers exiting the rear doors of any approaching hazards.

Connectivity

All Defenders use Land Rover's new Pivi Pro infotainment software. Housed in a 10-inch touchscreen, the system claims to reduce the number of steps required for common operations by 50% when compared to older Land Rover infotainment software. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and two smartphones can connect to the system simultaneously through Bluetooth.

Connectivity with the system continues even when you're away from the SUV with the Remote app. As its name suggests, you can remotely control door locks, climate control, the alarm, and hazard lights. It also offers vehicle health reports and can connect to Land Rover customer service.

Other notable standard technology includes wireless charging, navigation, and a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster with a fully customizable display. A rearview mirror with camera functionality is also optional.

An enticing bit of available off-roading tech is a front camera that shows drivers exactly what's ahead of the front wheels, a viewpoint otherwise hidden from sight by the hood and bumper.

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Defender - From $50,925

The base Defender might look spartan with its painted steel wheels, but it comes with plenty of features. There's fabric eight-way power seats, air suspension, multi-mode Terrain Response, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Trim is body color, lighting is LED, and exterior mirrors are heated with power-folding and auto-dimming capabilities.

The Cold Climate Pack ($700) bundles a heated steering wheel, heated windshield, and heated washer jets. The Comfort and Convenience Pack ($895) includes an upgraded Meridian sound system, a refrigerator compartment in the front console, and premium cabin lighting.

Off-roaders will want both the $1,345 Off-Road Pack and $735 Advanced Off-Road Capability Pack. The former includes an active differential and off-road tires, while the latter comes with improved terrain management software and a crawl-speed cruise control.

S - From $54,375

For the upcharge over a base model, the S adds automatic high beams, 19-inch wheels, 12-way power front seats, leather upholstery, and tablet holders.

SE - From $63,275

The SE's most notable feature is its standard 395-horsepower hybrid powertrain. Other standard standard amenities include daytime running lights, fog lights, 20-inch wheels, the rearview camera/mirror unit, and an electrically-adjustable steering column.

There's also memory functions for the front seats and a 400-watt Meridian audio system, as well as the rear exit monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

HSE - From $69,375

On top of what comes with the SE, the HSE adds 20-inch dark gray wheels, a panoramic roof, 14-way power front seats, heated and cooled front seats with Windsor leather, and adaptive cruise control.

First Edition - From $69,675

Limited to the new Defender's inaugural year of production, the First Edition is about as well equipped as the HSE but adds a host of unique design touches. These include the paint and wheel combinations (different for the 90 and 110 models), badging, and trim.

The seats are grained leather instead of Windsor, but the steering wheel is heated and both Terrain Response off-road management systems come standard. A folding fabric roof and off-road tires come on the 90 model, while the 110 gets the panoramic roof and all-season rubber.

X - From $81,925

The X is the ultimate Defender. It comes loaded up with all the HSE's features along with an electronic active differential, both Terrain Response management systems, a head-up display, and a 700-watt audio system by Meridian. A black contrast roof, satin chrome trim, and orange brake calipers give the X its own style.

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CarsDirect Tip

The base 2020 Land Rover Defender model comes surprisingly well equipped and is worth considering regardless of your budget. That said, if you've got the wherewithal to do it, get an SE. Compared to the four-cylinder models, its upgraded powertrain goes faster, pulls more, and likely quaffs down less gas to boot. Factor in the SE's extra luxury features, and it's easily our choice of the litter.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Back after long hiatus
  • Two body styles
  • Legendary off-road capability
Cons
  • Base engine lacks power
  • Options are pricey
  • Interior lacks comfort
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Nearly unmatched off-roading capability. The Land Rover Defender became an icon because of its off-road capability, being able to go where few other SUVs dare to. With the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender, the brand still stuck to what it knows best by endowing it with rugged, off-road features, many of which come standard. Out of the gate, the Defender has more off-road capability than 90% of other SUVs on the market.

Every Defender comes with full-time four-wheel drive, a terrain response system, and a two-speed transfer case. Electronic air suspension that can raise it by up to 3 inches, a wade sensing system, and a surround-view camera with special off-roading views are also included as standard.

For go-anywhere, do-anything capability, the range-topping Defender X adds an electronic differential, Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, a configurable terrain response system, and All Terrain Progress Control that acts as an off-roading cruise control system.

Massively improved on-road comfort. Defender models of old weren’t exactly easy to live with, trading on-road comfort and drivability for being able to forge new paths in the wilderness. The 2020 model has been thoroughly modernized underneath its body, which results in an SUV that’s more focused on on-road comfort than ever before.

The Defender utilizes a unibody construction, a first for the Defender name, a double-wishbone suspension at the front, and a rear independent integral link suspension at the back. Together, these updates result in a vehicle that won’t beat you up on the road.

Land Rover also did a lot to ensure the cabin’s much more comfortable than before, and there’s even room for up to seven or six thanks to an available jump seat in the first row.

The Defender comes well-equipped on the inside, too, with two-zone climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and eight-way semi-powered front seats. The upright seating position, narrow shoulder room, and tight third row means the Defender isn’t all that good at hauling people around, though.


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Easily recognizable. You could spot an old Defender from a mile away because of its boxy design, and that’s still the case with the all-new 2020 model. Short front and rear overhangs, a boxy blueprint, a tailgate-mounted spare tire, and rugged fenders help the new Defender maintain a similar design to the old one, but with an updated resemblance. Being available in both two-door (Defender 90) and four-door (Defender 110) configurations also help the Defender’s old-school appeal.

Land Rover offers four accessory packs for the Defender that alter the way it looks. For those looking to stand out on the road, there’s the Urban Pack that brings shiny trim pieces, while the Country Pack adds mudflaps, a portable rinse system, and wheel arch protectors to keep stop the body from getting dinged around the farm.

The Explorer and Adventure Packs are more extensive kits that are aimed at off-roaders. The former brings a roof rack, a side-mounted gear carrier, a raised air intake, and mudflaps. The Adventure Pack features an integrated air compressor, a side-mounted carrier, mudflaps, a cover for the spare wheel, and more. If you ask us, the Adventure Pack is the best fit for the Defender.

Capable available six-cylinder engine. Land Rover offers two modern engines with the Defender. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower. With the four-door Defender 110 tipping the scales at roughly 2.5 tons, the four-cylinder doesn’t seem like a great fit. Land Rover claims the Defender 110 with the engine will get to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, but other vehicles that weigh around the same figure come with V8s.

There’s an available turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with a mild-hybrid system that puts out a more respectable 395 hp. The more powerful engine can get it to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The engine is a costly upgrade – $12,350 for the Defender 110 – but a much better fit for the SUV. Regardless of engine choice, the Defender can tow a hefty 8,200 pounds.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Land Rover Defender marks the return of the iconic nameplate for consumers in the U.S. The number of off-road-oriented SUVs on the market has shrunk, but the new Defender keeps the segment alive. Incredible off-roading capability, rugged looks, modern engines, and loads of high-tech features mean Land Rover brought the Defender back with all of its old-school charm, but for a contemporary audience.

We’re still pinching ourselves to see the new Defender on sale in the U.S., so it's hard to spot the flaws. It isn’t exactly comfortable for more than five people, but neither are a lot of other options in the segment. Options can get pricey quickly and nearly all of the cool things one would want are optional. For the Defender 110, prices start at $50,925 and can go up past $100,000 for a well-equipped Defender 110 X.

If you’re interested in getting an SUV with similar off-road capability, there aren’t a whole bunch of new options on the road. The Jeep Wrangler continues to be the king of the class with unquestionable off-road ability, two- and four-door body styles, and a diesel engine. It’s not nearly as luxurious or as tech-forward as the Defender, though.

The Toyota 4Runner is the off-roader for people that still want something that’s spacious enough for a family. It’s not as capable off-road as the Defender, or the Wrangler for that fact, but it’s a better value option and comes with a powerful V6 engine as standard.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 296 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Terrain Response Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 20 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 296 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Terrain Response Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 20 / 18 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
23.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$91
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
78.8 Cu.ft. / 69.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
197.6 "
Exterior Width
79.1 "
Exterior Height
77.4 "
Front Headroom
40.6 "
Rear Headroom
40.4 "
Front Legroom
39.1 "
Rear Legroom
39.1 " / 38.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,815 Lbs. / 4,945 Lbs. / 4,865 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
21.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " White Steel / 22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Gray Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7 / 6
Seat Trim
Cloth / Windsor Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 40-20-40 Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way (2-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench / 60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 11 Meridian
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
6
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Condition Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
360 Parking Aid Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2020 Land Rover Defender for Sale

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