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2020 Land Rover Defender Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


With a waiting period spanning more than 20 years, the Land Rover is now back like a beast in slumber. The US has seen a lot of true off-roaders since the sales of the original Land Rover Defender stopped in the country way back in 1997. However, now that the 2020 version has hit the showrooms, it has proven to be a real game-changer. The new Land Rover Defender carries over the rugged capabilities of its predecessor in a worthy note, with just enough technological touches to make it more appealing to a more modern audience.

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Pros

Exceptional off-road capability

Loads of safety and performance tech

Wide range of customization options

Well-built and comfortable interior

Cons

Doesn't retain the rugged look of the original

More powerful engine options would be appreciated

What's New?

The Land Rover Defender comes fully redesigned for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

296 hp @ 4000 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

197.6 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

77.5 in.

curb weight

4815 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Land Rover Defender interior  2020 Land Rover Defender interior  2020 Land Rover Defender Front Seats  2020 Land Rover Defender Front Seats  2020 Land Rover Defender Emblems

Styles

 2020 Land Rover Defender in Graystone Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Defender in Indus Silver Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Defender in Emerald Green Metallic color
Graystone 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

7.5

Interior

7.5

Safety

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Land Rover Defender Standard

Standard

power
296hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
TBD

$49,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 Standard 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $49,900 MSRP TBD 296hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive TBD

 2020 Land Rover Defender S

S

power
296hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
TBD

$53,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $53,350 MSRP TBD 296hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Land Rover Defender SE

SE

power
395hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
TBD

$62,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 SE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $62,250 MSRP TBD 395hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Land Rover Defender First Edition

First Edition

power
395hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
combined

$68,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 First Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $68,100 MSRP TBD 395hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Land Rover Defender HSE

HSE

power
395hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
TBD

$68,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $68,350 MSRP TBD 395hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Land Rover Defender X

X

power
395hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
TBD

$80,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
110 X 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $80,900 MSRP TBD 395hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


As you would expect from its name, the Defender is made for going off-road. This is the kind of SUV you take with you to break through the toughest of terrains on the planet. Rather than the old Defender, the 2020 variant depends more on advanced technology and improved drivetrains to face the elements. That being said, you shouldn't mistake it for a soft SUV. Its D7 aluminum chassis has been reinforced quite a bit to make it withstand the worst of weather and wear. Additionally, while the interior is nothing to boast about, it does offer a lot of creature comforts, well up to par with contemporary SUVs.

However, the Defender does not take it easy. Much has changed in the past 20 years and there are more than a few worthy contenders that are able to take on the Defender up for a cross-trail expedition. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is one such rival. Its Select-Terrain system is quite similar to the Terrain Response of the Defender. Others like the Lexus RX and Ford Explorer don't back down either. Both of these offer a rather good off-road performance with quite classy interiors.

2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Front View
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Front View
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Rear View
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Rear View

 

7.5/10
Engine

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Land Rover Defender Features

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is available in six different trim levels. Customers can select from two separate wheelbase sizes along with two options for the engines. The Standard Defender comes pretty well-equipped on its own. It has most of the safety features and is ready to go off-road right out of the showroom. Upper trims get you better features such as 19-inch wheels and leather upholstery. Starting from the SE trim, you get access to the P400 mild-hybrid powertrain, the best option for the Defender this year. Land Rover is generous enough to make a 10-inch central touchscreen standard which gets you the excellent Pivi infotainment system.

Trim

Standard

S

SE HSE First Edition X

MSRP

$49,990

$53,350

$62,250 $68,350 $65,100 $80,900

Key Features

18-inch Wheels 19-inch Wheels 20-inch Wheels Panoramic Sunroof Heated and Ventilated Front Seats 14-way Power-Adjustable Heated and Cooled Seats with Memory

 

LED Exterior Lighting Automatic High Beams Upgraded LED Headlights Adaptive Cruise Control Configurable Terrain Response Rough-cut Interior Wood Accents

 

Cloth Upholstery Leather Upholstery 10-Speaker Meridian Sound System Exclusive Leather Upholstery Metal Treadplates with Firs Edition branding 14-Speaker Meridian Premium Audio System

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control Additional Front Seats and Armrest Adjustments Vehicle Approach Warning System     Heads-Up Display

 

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration          

What do we recommend?

The Defender 110 HSE is the one to go for. It packs in most of the features and its extended wheelbase enables seating in more passengers and extra cargo space. Yes, it hampers the agility a bit but you would get the same off-roading fun as the 90, which is all that the Defender is about. From the accessory packs, it is best to go for the Explorer Pack that adds in a ton of exterior features and makes the Defender well capable of extreme climatic conditions.

2020 Land Rover Defender Engine

7.5/10

For the new Land Rover Defender, shoppers can choose from a couple of powertrains. Both are the modified versions of what you would get on a Jag. The P300 is what starts the lineup with a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 gas engine. It produces a modest 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. While that may sound a bit underwhelming, it is good enough for a car solely dedicated to going off-road. Most would prefer the P400 which has a more powerful turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 with a mild hybrid electrical system. This baby puts out 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, more than enough for such a big SUV.

The transmission is an 8-speed automatic that uses a ZF dual-clutch system. It is operated through a 2-speed transfer case to make it easier to get the car onto a steep climb or over muddy terrain. The Defender uses a dedicated AWD system that operates the power through a couple of independent self-locking differentials. This enables maximum traction in the tires and prevents them from digging into snow or sand at speed.

Models

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

MSRP

$62,250

$44,955

$50,870

$58,250

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged MHEV inline-6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6

Transmission

8-Speed ZF Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed SelectShift Automatic

Drive

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Power output(hp)

395

295

295

365

Torque(lb-ft)

406

260

267

380

For what it's worth, the Defender delivers the best power in its segment. It is quite surprising since all of its rivals have much bigger V6s tucked under their hoods. The Explorer comes in a close second with its twin-turbo V6, although it has nowhere near the off-road capabilities of the Defender. The closest to match the AWD system of the Defender is found on the renowned Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Its Select-Terrain system also matches quite well to the Terrain Response 2 system on the Defender, though it ultimately falls short due to a slimmer range of adjustments.

Is it fast enough?

No sane person would take their SUVs to the local drag strip unless they are driving the ridiculously powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Still, the 2020 Land Rover Defender gives you plenty of thrust to overtake morning traffic. With the P400 powertrain, the Defender reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 5.8 seconds, which is very impressive for an SUV.

2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
Even though there is not a V8, the Defender offers plenty of fun with its acceleration, on and off-road.

The mild-hybrid system assists by compensating for the turbo lag, making sure you have plenty of torque even at low revs. The pedal is smooth to operate and the Defender feels lively even in the worst of gravel.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

0-60 mph

5.8 sec

7.1 sec

6.8 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.4 sec

15.5 sec

15.1 sec

13.9 sec

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged MHEV inline-6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

6.9

7.1

6.7

7.4

In spite of all its power, it is not the quickest SUV you can get at this price range. That title goes to the Ford Explorer. Once it dons the ST performance package, the V6 unleashes its true power and makes the Explorer a lot more agile. It can easily beat the Defender in a race any day of the week, provided that race never goes off the paved roads.

How well do the brakes work?

The 2020 Land Rover Defender weighs over 5000 lbs. Thus, it requires outstanding braking performance to remain in control at all times. Thankfully, that is just what it delivers. Equipped with massive 6-piston ventilated discs in front and 4-piston at the rear, the Defender can come to halt from 60 mph within 105 feet.

This rivals the braking performance of most sports cars. The brakes are responsive and never require much travel to operate.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

Front Brakes(in.)

13.8

13.0

13.3

13.5

Rear Brakes(in.)

12.8

13.0

12.9

14.0

Curb Weight(lbs)

5165

5004

4387

4727

60-0 mph(ft.)

105 139 123 114

The Defender has the best braking performance in its class. Even the Ford Explorer ST, that has Brembo performance brakes, can't get anywhere near the Land Rover. Both the Lexus RX and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk fare just about average for their class.

Does the handling suffice?

The Land Rover Defender is surprisingly nimble. The steering is quite responsive and body roll is kept in check around corners. Its monocoque chassis keeps the Defender stiff, with the electronic traction control providing maximum grip. You rarely feel pushed to the outside when pulling into a turn. Whether on or off the road, the active differential prevents the tires from spinning out of control.

2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Front View
For its great size and weight, the Defender handles pretty well.

The ride is not exactly what one would consider as smooth. Still, the cabin doesn't shudder much even on rocky trails. The default coil spring suspension is able to absorb most of the impacts, though for an improved ride quality you can always go for the adjustable air suspension. This also allows for raising the ground clearance of the Defender up to 11.5 inches. It ensures that the undercarriage of the car is kept safe over sharp rocks and deep snow.

What good is it off-road?

The Defender is all about going off-road. Borrowing the Range Rover's Wade Sensing system, the Defender can go 35 inches deep in water. The water level is constantly monitored by an array of ultrasonic sensors around the body, alerting the driver if the water level becomes too deep to traverse. The car is also equipped with and All-Terrain Progress Control system that maintains a constant speed as you focus on the path ahead. This works in tandem with the Terrain Response 2 system that adjusts the car's dynamics according to the type of terrain that lies ahead. The Defender 110 has an approach and departure angle of 30.1 degrees and 37.7 degrees, respectively. If even these numbers seem inadequate, Land Rover offers an Off-Road Geometry package that increases them to 38 degrees and 40 degrees, respectively.

The Land Rover Defender Off Road
The Land Rover Defender can conquer any and all types of terrain ahead of it.

Land Rover has tested the Defender for more than 750,000 miles at temperatures ranging from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius over every type of surface you can imagine. The Defender has been through all and has emerged victorious. No matter if you want to cross shallow rivers or wage through the Sahara, the Defender can take you there without breaking any sweat.

2020 Land Rover Defender Fuel Economy

There are no official EPA figures for the 2020 Land Rover Defender available yet. Although, we can safely assume that it will do quite good for providing a lot of miles per gallon of fuel. Its engine has smaller displacement than the other gas-guzzling V6s that are prominent in this segment. The 23.8-gallon fuel tank may seem more than sufficient, but it would be wise to carry a few jerry cans for the time you venture into the wild. Stay tuned as this section will be updated once official mpg figures are released.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

MPG(City)

N/A

18

19

17

MPG(Highway)

N/A

25

26

24

MPG(Combined)

N/A

21

22

20

Fuel Capacity(gal.)

23.8 24.6 19.2 21.8

2020 Land Rover Defender Interior

7.5/10

Climb inside the cabin of the Defender and you get a whole lot of space for both passengers and cargo. There is nothing too luxurious, but the Defender is comparable with many other current-generation SUVs as far as the interior is concerned. In a completely opposite face of the 1997 Land Rover Defender, which felt like sitting in an M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle,

 2020 Land Rover Defender SUV Seats
The interior of the Land Rover Defender is cozy if not absolutely luxurious.

The 2020 version offers a ton of creature comforts. The seats have plenty of room and the 3rd row can be utilized to seat in two extra passengers if required. Upper trims even offer premium leather upholstery and wooden accents for the panels.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

Passenger Capacity

5+2

5

5

6

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

40.6/60.8/39.0

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.4/57.8/44.1

38.9/61.8/43.0

Rear Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

40.3/59.2/39.0

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.1/57.6/38.0

38.2/61.9/39.0

The tri-zone climate control system keeps a consistent temperature inside the car, regardless if it scorching heat of the Sahara or the chill of Siberia on the outside. For additional comfort, you can opt for multi-level heated and ventilated seats that are standard from the SE trim and up. The build quality is great. There are negligible panel gaps and you wouldn't notice any cracks or indentations even after several days spent treading through the Grand Canyon.

What about the infotainment?

The 2020 Defender comes with a 10-inch central touchscreen that runs the Pivi Pro infotainment system. It is smooth, intuitive, and supports multitasking. Smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available as standard. And you wouldn't need a physical map if you wander too far out from civilization. Land Rover grants the Defender a satellite-linked navigation system that is active even without the need for any internet or cell phone reception. The driver-side dash gets an additional 12.3-inch customizable digital display that shows the relevant readouts and navigation aids. Top-level trims get the option for a Heads-Up Display, so your eyes never need to look away from the beautiful scenery that lies ahead.

2020 Land Rover Defender Infotainment
A sophisticated infotainment system gives you a clear awareness of environments around teh Defender.

If you're into listening to your favorite tunes while forging through knee-deep snow, the Defender has you covered. Meridian grants three options for the audio system for the 2020 Land Rover Defender. The 6-speaker sound system is quite basic and just enough to get by. The upgraded 10-speaker 400W audio system is the one that most would prefer. It has a single subwoofer and supports active noise cancellation. For true music fanatics, Meridian offers a 14-speaker premium audio system. This one gets a 700W amplifier and Trifield Surround Sound technology, allowing you the perfect listening experience regardless of the genre you prefer.

Some additional infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • 2 USB Ports
  • Universal Remote Transmitter
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • External Temperature Display
  • Air Quality Sensor

How good are the cargo and towing capacity?

The Land Rover Defender is a vehicle you would take on an adventure for weeks, maybe months, on end. Therefore, it is nice that it enables you to carry a lot of stuff. The Defender 110 offers 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space up to the 2nd row, which is quite good for its class. Though the rivals may offer more space, the Defender has quite a few tricks up its sleeve.

2020 Land Rover Defender Cargo Space
The cargo space on the Land Rover Defender is more than enough for what you would need for an expedition.

The storage is not only limited to the inside. A roof rack attachment can carry more than 660 lbs of luggage and there are additional hooks for hanging fuel cans. The cabin has a few surprises, too, with an armrest that can double up as a backpack and a dedicated insulated storage compartment in the console for electronics.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

Cargo Capacity up to 2nd Row(ft.3)

34.6 36.3 36.8 47.9

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

8201 6200 3500 5600

Even with its small engine, the Defender has a class-leading towing capacity, surpassing the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk by nearly 2000 lbs. It is easy to hitch a trailer as well since the tow hook is electronically adjustable. The Defender also features a detachable multi-height tow bar that doesn't ruin the car's exterior design when deployed or stocked.

2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV

2020 Land Rover Defender Exterior

Long-time Defender fans would be disappointed with what Land Rover did to one of the most beloved off-roaders in the world. While the previous iterations looked bold and strong, the 2020 Defender is a more stylish and composed SUV. There are obvious inspirational cues from the Jaguar F-Pace and the new Discovery Sport. While it may certainly sit well with a modern audience, the more elegant lines take away from the essence of what made the Defender iconic in the first place.

2020 Land Rover Defender Side View
It looks quite decent for today, though the design will make the original Defender fans furious.

Still, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is one tough cookie. The body is protected by skid plates and reinforced steel bumpers. This takes off the worry that you'll break something the next time you go trailing into the Rockies. A 1.7-gallon water reservoir with a spryer hose enables you to wash out the dirt and mud off the car. Going camping? You can deploy a waterproof awning to the rear or side of the Defender to create a makeshift camping space. The roof can be equipped with a roof rack, insulated tent, bike stand, or a ski-snowboard carrier, depending on what you fancy on your voyage.

Does the size pose a problem?

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a huge vehicle. Even though its mild-hybrid drivetrain has a faint sound, it is hard to miss the Defender going across a street just because of its sheer size. It is one of the heaviest, widest, and the most high-headed SUVs out there. The Defender 110 stands nearly 78 inches high, even more so with the air suspension raised. It is more than likely that most owners would opt for the deployable side steps since getting inside such a tall vehicle poses a challenge of itself. At least you won't have to worry about parking. You can easily occupy any parchment of land off the road with the Defender, just make sure it is not private property.

Model

Land Rover Defender

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Ford Explorer Platinum

Curb Weight(lbs.)

5165

5004

4387

4727

Length(in.)

197.6

182.0

192.5

198.7

Width(in.)

79.1

76.5

74.6

78.9

Height(in.)

77.5

69.3

67.7

70.1

Minimum Ground Clearance(in.)

8.6 8.7 8.2 8.2

Wheelbase(in.)

118.9

114.8

109.8

119.0

Track Width(F/R)(in.)

67.1/66.9 63.9/64.1 64.4/64.0 67.0/67.0

While not many SUVs can compare to the Land Rover Defender for its size, the Ford Explorer is the one that is longer. It may not have the off-road capabilities of the Defender, but the extra length grants the Explorer more passenger and cargo space. The Defender makes the legendary Trailhawk look tiny by comparison, whereas the Lexus RX seems even smaller.

2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV
2020 Land Rover Defender SUV

2020 Land Rover Defender Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Land Rover Defender has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. Regardless, the modified D7 aluminum chassis is claimed by the chief designer Gerry McGovern to be one of the strongest ever seen on a Land Rover. Using a monocoque body-on-frame design, the new chassis possesses 3 times the torsional rigidity of the D7 used on the Range Rover Evoque. Considering that the Evoque received a near-perfect score from global NCAP crash tests, it might give you a pretty good idea of how safe the Defender is.

And that is before counting in the plethora of advanced safety features you get. While the basics like Automated Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Monitoring are standard, shoppers can opt for the Drive Assist Package that equips Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Collision Warning. Moreover, LED lights can be placed all around the exterior of the car to keenly monitor the surroundings. A 3D surround-view camera gives you an unobstructed image of the Defender along with its surroundings.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert And Trailer Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • 3D Surround-View Camera

2020 Land Rover Defender Competition

Land Rover Defender vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Not many SUVs can challenge the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk for its rugged go-anywhere attitude. The Trailhawk is like that cool guy at the saloon who talks about his adventures. Then enters the Land Rover Defender like John Wesley Hardin and immediately sends out a cold chill in the atmosphere. The Defender dominates over the Trailhawk in nearly all aspects. Even though the Jeep has a bigger engine, the Defender has better power figures. The Defender 110 variant can seat up to seven passengers while the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has to make do with five. The only reason you may consider the Trailhawk over the Defender is for its lower price tag.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Land Rover Defender vs Lexus RX

Both the Land Rover Defender and Lexus RX offer a hybrid powertrain. The difference is that the RX can go a few miles on purely electric power. For the Defender, the electrical motor is a supplement to compensate for turbo lag and provide additional torque at low revs. The Lexus RX 350 F-Sport has more in common with a crossover hybrid and is therefore suited better for the urban environment. It is quiet, comfortable, and tamed. The Land Rover Defender, on the other hand, is made for pure off-roading fun.

2020 Lexus RX SUV
2020 Lexus RX SUV

Land Rover Defender vs Ford Explorer

It is almost ironic that an SUV called the 'Explorer' is so much more a tarmac-friendly than the Defender. Ford offers an optional ST Performance pack for the Explorer that enhances its agility even further. The Explorer has more space both for passengers and cargo than the Defender. In addition to an improved infotainment system, the interior is much more luxurious than what you would expect from an SUV. However, remove the paved roads and the Defender is the clear winner.

2020 Ford Explorer SUV
2020 Ford Explorer SUV

 

2020 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict

The spirit of the old Land Rover Defender lives quite happily inside its 21st Century shell. Of course, some would be off-put by the looks, but as an all-in-one off-road package, it is one of the most groundbreaking vehicles in the US. This is an SUV built for true adventurers. Those who love putting themselves and their automobile to the test against the might of Mother Nature will surely embrace the Land Rover Defender wholeheartedly.