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2020 Land Rover Defender

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What’s new

  • All-new Defender model
  • Two-door and four-door configurations available
  • Available seven-passenger seating
  • Kicks off the second Defender generation introduced for 2020

Pros & Cons

  • Strong off-road capabilities
  • Wealth of customization options
  • High-tech safety and off-road features
  • Options can get pricey
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2020
Land Rover Defender for Sale
MSRP Range
$49,900 - $80,900
MSRP Starting at
$49,900
MSRP Range
$49,900 - $80,900
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MSRP Range
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2020 Land Rover Defender Review

The Land Rover Defender has been cast as forbidden fruit for a lot of off-road enthusiasts. There was a brief moment in the 1990s when Land Rover officially sold them in the U.S., but crash test standards quickly put an end to importation. Either despite — or because of — its rarity, the Defender has enjoyed cult-like status here. Now it's been reborn with the arrival of the 2020 Defender. But will the faithful like this kindler, gentler Defender?

Underpinned by a new chassis, the 2020 Defender is meant to compete in the new world of rugged but luxurious SUVs. The styling is more rounded and smoothed over and is missing some of the brawny, no-nonsense utilitarian looks of its forebear. But short overhangs and an impressive maximum ground clearance of 11.5 inches hints at the Defender's off-road capability. The new Defender will be available in two and four-door configurations. The two-door (Defender 90) has more traditional SUV character, while the four-door (Defender 110) offers an available third-row seat for greater versatility.

The midsize luxury SUV class is full of strong offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Many of these models offer packages to enhance off-road capability, but the new Land Rover Defender looks to be unmatched in this regard. Its modern technology and ample luxury should also satisfy. We think this newest incarnation of an icon is worth a look.

Which Defender does Edmunds recommend?

Land Rover is rolling out the Defender slowly, starting with the Defender 110. The SE trim level is likely a good way to go since it comes with the more powerful six-cylinder engine and a useful collection of features. This midlevel trim is also highly customizable if you want to add even more features. Want to best replicate the spirit of the original Defender? Wait for the Defender 90 First Edition to come out.

Land Rover Defender models

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is offered in six trim levels: base, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and X. Two body styles are offered: the two-door Defender 90 (available in the summer of 2020) and the four-door Defender 110. All Defenders come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a two-speed transfer case and all-wheel drive.

Five passenger seating is standard. An available jump seat that fits between the two front seats boosts capacity to six passengers. The Defender 110 can also be had with a two-person third-row seat.

Power comes from either a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft) or a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (395 hp, 406 lb-ft of torque) with mild hybrid capability.

Standard feature highlights for the base trim include an adjustable air suspension, 18-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, a 10-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and advanced safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The S adds 19-inch wheels and leather upholstery, while the SE adds 20-inch wheels and a premium sound system, among a few other upgrades. The limited-production First Edition is equipped similar to the SE but has special paint and trim plus a few extra features to enhance off-road capability.

Compared to the SE, the HSE adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, premium leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control. The top-of-the-line X offers special styling and paint details. It also comes with just about everything that's otherwise optional on the lower trim levels, including heated second-row seats, an upgraded 15-speaker sound system and a head-up display.

A variety of accessory packs are also available and include features such as wheel arch flares, a spare tire cover, a roof rack and even an integrated air compressor.


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    2020 Land Rover Defender video

    2020 Land Rover Defender Reveal and First Look -- Frankfurt Motor Show

    2020 Land Rover Defender Reveal and First Look -- Frankfurt Motor Show

    MARK TAKAHASHI: The Land Rover Defender has enjoyed cult status in the US, mostly because of its incredible off-road capabilities. But also, it's been forbidden fruit for us. But that story has changed. It's coming to the US in full form. And this is it-- the only 2020 Land Rover Defender. The Land Rover Defender will come to the US in the spring of 2020, initially in 110, which is the long-wheelbase version. The 90, the two-door shorter wheelbase, will follow it to market in a few months. Prices will start between $50,000 and $80,000 depending on what model you get and which engines. Speaking of engines, you have two choices. The first base engine is a 2-liter turbocharged four cylinder that puts out 296 horsepower. The upgrade is called the P400. And that has a turbocharged V6 with an electric supercharger and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Both are made into an eight-speed automatic with permanent all-wheel drive. Before I get too deep into the Defender, do me a favor and hit Subscribe below. We have a ton of great content coming your way. This Defender is instantly recognizable as a Defender. It has all of the main traits that you expect-- the rounded headlights, the big square grille, and big uprights as well. The difference this time around, though-- it's a little softer. It's got rounded corners. It has these beautiful, integrated, flared-out wheel arches. And really, it might be a little too soft for my taste. I was expecting something a lot more burly and mean-looking. But considering that they have to appeal to a much broader audience nowadays, it does make perfect sense. That said, it probably still has all the capabilities of previous Defenders. The exterior theme for design carries over to the interior. As you can see on this door, it has body-painted elements, as well as these big, chunky torque bolts. Now, they also lend that industrial look. But they actually serve a function as well. They're not just there glued on. There's a lot of grab handles, which is great for a big off-road car like this. And they're all really beefy. They actually said that this whole dash piece here is one magnesium piece. And in a pinch, if you need to push this car, you can actually push it against these grab handles. In this particular trim, the X, we have this really rough hewn piece of wood here that's also a great grab handle. And across the entire dash, you have a lot of places to hold onto. And when you're off-roading, that's pretty key, especially if you're a passenger. You have a lot of what is latest from Land Rover as far as electronics-- touch screens, a virtual instrument panel. And almost everything is run through the touch screen now. We're not seeing any of the terrain response buttons that we're used to seeing anymore. That will clean up the design. But it might also complicate operation. You have a lot of options when it comes to passengers, too. The Defender 90 holds five people. But you can add a front-center jump seat right here that bumps it up to six. The Defender 110 starts out as a five-passenger. But you can push it to seven if you order the optional third row. There are a ton of storage options as well. You have big, deep pockets and bins and more bins and more pockets. And they're all really well-sized. You even have this huge tray here for your personal effects. And when you're out in the wild or even just on a road trip, all these storage options pay dividends. Under this bin, you can specify an option for a refrigerated box-- not a cold box, but an actual, legitimate refrigerated box-- that will keep things cool all day. Not surprisingly, with the boxy shape of the Defender, there is a ton of second-row space. I am not wanting for head, foot, or knee room at all. Adding to that space is the sense of airiness. You have three different roof choices-- a panoramic sunroof, regular roof. And the kicker for me is a retractable canvas roof. So you can go safari style. They're saying that it rolls back far enough where second-row passengers could just stand right up out of the roof. It's pretty cool. Also adding to the airiness is, they included the traditional alpine windows. These are these little cutouts here that just let light in. And that's especially helpful if you go with the third row option. If you opt for the five passenger Defender 110, you'll have over 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind those seats. You also get some great under-floor storage and this really good, almost modern take on diamond plate texture. And it's also carried out throughout the rest of the car. It's a nice design motif that lends ruggedness. But it's also a little more modern. Go with the air suspension, and you have height-adjustable load floors. And with the Defender 90, capacity will drop to right around 10 or 11 cubic feet. Another heritage design piece is the rear-mounted spare tire. Now, they mount it there for a number of reasons. One, well, it helps with departure angle. If you have it underneath, it's going to sacrifice that. And it's also going to bump into some of the mechanicals back there. If you mount it on the inside, well, then you're going to sacrifice cargo capacity. Overall, honestly, it just looks cool having a spare tire mounted back there. And that's good enough for me. Other design elements that tie it in with past Defenders is the tail. This abrupt chop-off is pure Defender, as are these industrial-looking square tail lights. Overall, though, I have to say, I think I like the back of the Defender a little better than the front. There is a lot to say about the Land Rover Defender, perhaps too much for this first-look video. We don't even have drive impressions, which should be coming in a few months. For more complete and up-to-date information on the Defender, as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

    It's back in the USA! Say hello to the 2020 Land Rover Defender, revealed today at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In this video, Mark Takahashi takes a close look at the next generation of this iconic nameplate.


    Features & Specs

    P300 110 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    P300 110 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$49,900
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower296 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$80,900
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower395 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    P400 110 HSE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    P400 110 HSE 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$68,350
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower395 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$62,250
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower395 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Defender safety features:

    Surround-View Camera
    Provides a 360-degree view to aid in tight parking situations.
    Intelligent Emergency Braking
    Applies the brakes automatically if it senses an imminent front collision.
    Blind-Spot Monitor
    Gives a visible notification if it senses a vehicle in any of your blind spots.

    Land Rover Defender vs. the competition

    Land Rover Defender vs. Jeep Wrangler

    The Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed off-road champion of SUVs, and the Defender will have to be immensely capable to keep up with the Jeep over a challenging trail. Yet the Defender has just as much heritage as the Jeep, but it offers luxury and comfort the Wrangler can't hope to match even in its most expensive trim level.

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    Land Rover Defender vs. Toyota Land Cruiser

    In the realm of continent exploring SUVs, only the Land Cruiser has a similar iconic track record of capability and longevity. But Toyota has allowed the Land Cruiser to grow old, as well as expensive, and many younger buyers might not be attracted to the Toyota when it doesn't look, or feel, anywhere near as modern as the new Defender. The Defender's smaller footprint makes it more nimble in tighter off-road situations.

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    Land Rover Defender vs. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

    The G-Class seems like an unlikely competitor to the Defender, but it's one of the only luxury SUVs with any degree of true off-road prowess. It also has enormous luxury cachet and an almost unmatched street presence. But for buyers who can't swing the G-Class' eye-watering price yet still want something stylish and rugged, the Defender looks to be an excellent option.

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    FAQ
    Is the Land Rover Defender a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Defender both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Defender ranges from 15.6 to 34.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Land Rover Defender. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Land Rover Defender?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Land Rover Defender:

    • All-new Defender model
    • Two-door and four-door configurations available
    • Available seven-passenger seating
    • Kicks off the second Defender generation introduced for 2020
    Learn more
    Is the Land Rover Defender reliable?
    To determine whether the Land Rover Defender is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Defender. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Defender's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Land Rover Defender a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Land Rover Defender is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Defender is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Land Rover Defender?

    The least-expensive 2020 Land Rover Defender is the 2020 Land Rover Defender P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,900.

    Other versions include:

    • P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $49,900
    • P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $80,900
    • P400 110 HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $68,350
    • P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $62,250
    • P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $53,350
    • P400 110 First Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $68,650
    • P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $65,100
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    What are the different models of Land Rover Defender?
    If you're interested in the Land Rover Defender, the next question is, which Defender model is right for you? Defender variants include P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P400 110 HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of Defender models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Land Rover Defender

    2020 Land Rover Defender Overview

    The 2020 Land Rover Defender is offered in the following submodels: Defender SUV, Defender Hybrid. Available styles include P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P400 110 HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 First Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Land Rover Defender?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Land Rover Defender and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Defender.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Land Rover Defender and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Defender featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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