2020 Land Rover Defender Prices, Reviews, and Pictures


Land Rover has reopened the book on the iconic Defender nameplate with the 2020 Defender. The Defender’s retro design elements and boxy shape recall the 1950’s original. They are combined with Land Rover’s modern design language for a look that is both nostalgic and sophisticated. Although the Defender 2020 looks ordinary, its off-road capabilities are impressive and it is equipped with rugged components that allow it to go anywhere. The Defender features durable cabin furnishings as well as upscale materials.

What’s new for 2020?

The Defender’s 2020 model is brand new and will be available to Americans, unlike previous generations. There are two body styles available for the 2020 Defender: a 90- and a 110-year-old Defender. They have two wheelbases, and each style has different interior spaces. The Defender 80 is a smaller model, but it is still several years away from being produced.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The two-door 90 model is beautiful, but the four-door 110 model is more practical. It was initially available only in First Edition trim. The base P300 powertrain–a 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder–seems peppy enough for day-to-day driving, so we’d stick with that; those who plan to tackle serious off-road trails may find the optional P400 engine–a turbocharged-and-supercharged 395-hp inline-six with 48-volt hybrid assistance–to be a better choice. The SE trim level is recommended as it adds many desirable features to Defender’s spec sheet including 19-inch aluminum wheels and automatic high beam headlamps. It also has 12-way power-adjustable seats, a digital gauge display, and 12-way power-adjustable rear seats. Land Rover offers four accessory packs: the Explorer Pack, Adventure Pack and Country Pack. Each of these packages outfits the Defender with specific features. You also have a variety of customization options, but we will leave that up to you.

Performance, Transmission and Engine

2020 Defender features a turbocharged four-cylinder standard engine, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Every model comes standard with all-wheel drive and locking differentials to navigate difficult terrain. Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine will be available on the Defender. The upgraded engine features turbocharging and an electric supercharger as well as a 48-volt hybrid system. The next Defender will be a unibody design, rather than a body-on frame setup. It replaces the existing solid axles with an independent suspension. It comes standard with coil springs. However, it is possible to upgrade the suspension with air that adjusts ride height. The Defender has an additional 11.5 inches of ground clearance, and can ford through 35.4 inches of water. This is more than the Jeep Wrangler’s maximum and wading capabilities.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The EPA’s ratings of fuel economy for all Defender models are very similar, regardless of the engine. The combined rating for the 90 model with the four cylinder engine is 18 mpg in city, 21 highway and 19 mpg respectively. The 90 model with the four-cylinder engine drops to 17 mpg in the city, but it can achieve 22 mpg on the highway. Although the 110 model with the six-cylinder engine is slightly more efficient than the four, it’s still more efficient than the four. We’ll be putting the Defender through our 200-mile highway fuel efficiency test when we have the opportunity and will report the results here.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The Defender’s cabin is somewhere in between utilitarian and premium. It has just enough design cues to make Land Rover fans feel at home. The door panels have exposed rivets that give it a rugged look. A magnesium beam that spans the entire width of the dashboard is not only cosmetic, but also structural. A trapezoidal extension of dashboard under the infotainment screen provides access to buttons and switches for climate control and driving mode. This center stack houses the shift lever and ignition switch, rather than the console. Some models have the option to flip the center console back to create a jump-seat between the driver or passenger. This is similar to the three-across bench found in full-size pickup trucks. Although the cargo space behind the rear seat may be limited, it is comparable to rival off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler. The rear seats can also be folded down to create a larger cargo area. However, those looking to transport people and their gear might want to consider the Land Rover Discovery, or a roof-top cargo carrier.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The Defender’s dashboard features a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that runs Land Rover’s new interface, Pivi Pro. The Defender’s touchscreen interface is faster than the Touch Pro Duo interface on the rest of Land Rover’s lineup. It also has a quicker response time and can handle future software updates. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an in-dash navigation system are all standard features. There is also an onboard Wi Fi hotspot, six-speaker stereo, and an eight-speaker stereo. Buyers of Defenders with higher trim levels receive an optional digital gauge cluster and a heads-up display.

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