2021 Land Rover Defender

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2021 Land Rover Defender Review

  • Strong off-road capabilities
  • Wealth of customization options
  • High-tech safety and off-road features
  • Smooth ride for an off-road-oriented SUV
  • Options can get pricey
  • Cargo door is heavy and opens toward the curb
  • Two-door Defender 90 joins the lineup
  • New X-Dynamic trim features unique interior and exterior styling
  • Revised standard and optional feature availability
  • Part of the second Defender generation introduced for 2020

The Land Rover Defender returned last year to revive one of the biggest SUV icons in automotive history. While there's still a bit of a throwback feel with the design, the new Defender is a much more modern and comfortable vehicle than its forebearer. It still has plenty of off-road capability, however. For 2021, the new two-door Defender 90 — delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic — joins the lineup.

Few automakers have come out with an SUV that can match the Defender's distinctive combination of capability, size and luxury. The Jeep Wrangler could be an option; it has evolved over the decades from a workhorse to a vehicle capable of carrying a family in relative comfort, all without giving up any off-road capabilities. There's also the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It's another premium off-roader, but the G-Class is much pricier. Oddly enough, Land Rover's Discovery does much of the same stuff as the Defender, albeit more subtly. So is the 2021 Defender the best fit for you? Check out our Expert Rating below to help you decide.

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The Land Rover Defender packs legitimate off-road capability — provided you pick the right options — and makes no sacrifice in on-road comfort. It's an admirable accomplishment. Our test vehicle had a few build quality issues that may be attributable to a hard early-production life. That aside, we're impressed with this modern interpretation of a classic nameplate.
Strong off-road capability typically comes at the expense of on-road handling and steering precision. But that isn't the case here. The Defender 110 drives just like a luxury SUV should, and its transmission provides smooth and often imperceptible gear changes. The brakes are easy to control for smooth stops around town.

As for acceleration, we clocked a 0-60 mph sprint of 6.7 seconds in our V6-equipped Defender test vehicle. That's plenty quick for an off-road-oriented SUV. Still, with 395 hp, you might expect a little more. Weight might be a culprit; our test Defender weighed a portly 5,571 pounds.
The Defender travels down the road with the refinement you'd expect of a luxury-priced Land Rover. The interior remains quiet and free from road vibrations even when the Defender's riding on the optional 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. In terms of ride quality, our test vehicle was on the firm side when going over bumps and road imperfections, but it was likely the result of those wheels (18-inch wheels are standard).

The driver's seat provides a wide range of adjustment. Heating and ventilation are optional. The climate system is able to maintain a comfortable temperature, though you might need to fiddle with the vents to get the airflow you want.
The four-door Defender's massive second row and tall roof give the cabin a very roomy feel. Headroom, legroom and shoulder room are plentiful, though the steering column can get in the way of some drivers' knees on entry. The height-adjusting air suspension, numerous grab handles and large doors make access easy.

A few interior controls have steep learning curves. The climate control dials, for example, double as drive mode selectors and seat heating/ventilation adjustment. Large windows and appropriately sized mirrors make outward visibility a non-issue. On the downside, the leather, fabric and other materials in our test SUV showed early signs of wear, including stains and scuffs.
The wide entertainment touchscreen and available digital gauge cluster are attractive and generally respond quickly to inputs. The native voice command system was a bit hit-or-miss in our tests. We had no difficulty changing stereo stations using natural language, but it couldn't decipher basic navigation requests. Fortunately you can use your phone's voice controls on Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, which are standard. Numerous connectivity options include wireless charging and multiple USB ports.

As for driving aids, the surround-view camera system helps both in parking lots and going off-road, and it provides a comprehensive view of whatever obstacle you're approaching. Adaptive cruise control is pleasant as well and makes appropriate speed corrections smoothly.
The four-door Defender has a generous amount of storage space, both with the rear seats up or lowered for maximum capacity. The rear seats are heavy, and it can take some oomph to push them back in place.

With the air suspension, you can also lower the Defender's ride height from the cargo area, which makes loading easier. Unlike like most SUVs, the Defender has a swing-out tailgate instead of a liftgate. It swings out toward the curb, which not everyone will like because it can impede access. It's also heavy because of the mounted spare tire.

Inside, the Defender has long shelves for the front seats and multilevel storage by the center console. There are numerous places to store small items, but none large enough to hold a medium handbag. The sheer size of the second row makes car seat installation easy, as does the obvious location of the attachment points. An available tow package allows the Defender to tow 8,200 pounds. But it doesn't include a trailer brake controller, which you'll want to help control and adjust a heavy trailer's brakes.
The Defender 110 equipped with the 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway mpg). That's higher than most off-road-oriented SUVs such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and 4Runner, as well as the pricier Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The Jeep Wrangler advertises higher figures with most of its engines.
The Defender has a comfortable entry price at around $50,000. When optioned sensibly, it marries off-road capability and on-road refinement in a way that justifies paying the premium for it over, say, the Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4Runner. Even equipped with a fair number of options, it costs less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

On the downside, our test vehicle had multiple misaligned body panels and a few interior rattles. The interior materials didn't quite seem to reflect the $72,000 as-tested price — they were already showing signs of wear, markings and stains. Our test vehicle was an early build version that was undoubtedly used hard, but hard use is what a Defender should be built to withstand.
Personality is important to the Defender, and the new one gets the important parts of the classic Defender's proportions right. It looks cool from most angles, but we still think the front end looks a bit soft, and the optional plastic bits on the hood that are styled to look like diamond-plated metal elicit plenty of chuckles. We wish it looked a bit tougher.

The Defender drives with refinement and dignity whether you're on- or off-road. While the level of electronic control is nifty, we find it more satisfying to manually engage diff locks and low range with physical buttons and levers, but it's hard to argue with the seamlessness of the Defender's approach.

Which Defender does Edmunds recommend?

We suggest going with the Defender 110 SE. You get the more powerful six-cylinder engine than the base Defender as well as an appealing mix of features. As a midtier trim, you can also customize it with a few extra features without paying for the full-boat X-Dynamic HSE or X.

Land Rover Defender models

The 2021 Defender is available in two body styles: the two-door Land Rover Defender 90 and four-door Land Rover Defender 110. There are a variety of trim levels depending what basic model you choose. The Defender 90 is available in base, S, X-Dynamic S, First Edition and X. The Defender 110 is offered in base, S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE and X.

Power comes from one of two engines:

  • P300: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque)
  • P400: turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (395 hp, 406 lb-ft)

All Defenders come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a two-speed transfer case (with low-range gearing) 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, but it cannot be combined with the jump seat.

Base
Standard feature highlights include:

  • Adjustable air suspension (can raise or lower the Defender's ride height; standard on Defender 110 and optional on the 90)
  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Cloth seating with leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

All Defenders also come with:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Defender and its surroundings for parking or off-roading situations)

S
Similar to the base but has:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Leather and cloth upholstery
  • Upgraded power-adjustable front seats

X-Dynamic S (Defender 90 only)
The X-Dynamic package is new for 2021, adding some of the top-level X's looks without the added cost that comes along with its list of features. All X-Dynamic models come with:

  • Silver and gloss black exterior trim
  • Dark-painted wheels
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Black headliner
  • Two-tone seats

SE (Defender 110 only)
Adds on to the S with:

  • V6 engine
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Premium sound system
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)

First Edition (Defender 90 only)
This limited-production trim is equipped similar to the SE but has:

  • Special paint and trim
  • All-terrain tires
  • Folding fabric roof
  • Special off-road driving modes
  • Torque-vectoring differential that can maximize available traction
  • Heated front-row seats and heated steering wheel
  • Refrigerator compartment in front center console

X-Dynamic SE (Defender 110 only)
Adds the features of the Defender 90 X-Dynamic S package on top of 110 SE's features.

X-Dynamic HSE (Defender 110 only)
Compared to the X-Dynamic SE, the HSE version adds:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Defender and the car in front)

X
This top-of-the-line trim offers special styling and paint details. It also comes with just about everything that's otherwise optional on the lower trim levels, including:

  • Special off-road driving modes
  • Torque-vectoring differential that can maximize available traction
  • All-terrain tires
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Head-up display
  • Upgraded 15-speaker sound system

Other significant options for the Defender include:

  • Towing Pack (extra off-road drive modes, tow hitch, electronic towing assist)
  • Family Pack (third-row seat, three-zone climate control)
  • Front jump seat

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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Land Rover Defender.

Average user rating: 3.5 stars
4 total reviews
5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 25%

Trending topics in reviews

  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • off-roading
  • value
  • interior
  • lights
  • fuel efficiency
  • engine
  • acceleration
  • road noise

Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Great car but acceleration lag
White rats,
P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I bought this vehicle weeks ago from a dealer. So far interior and exterior are great. I tried some light offroading and no issues. That might be too easy. No issues on the highway too. I have seen some glitches in the infotainment system but that was something I expected. I don't have any serious reliability issues (yet). Cargo management is great because there are so many points to hook. 2.0L engine gives enough power for me but it has acceleration lag. It happens in various situations, but the most obvious case is when I was cruising at low RPM and pressing the gas pedal to the bottom quickly. When it happens, there is no reaction from the engine for about a second, and then suddenly downshift happens and deliver the power more than I wanted. While I'm pressing the gas pedal and waiting, I don't know when the acceleration will happen. It's annoying and unsafe. It feels like a turbo lag but it could be something else (for example cutting off the fuel), because I can expect faster downshifting if it is just a turbo lag. Although there is a way to mitigate the symptom. If I press the gas pedal about 20% before the moment I actually want to accelerate, then the engine reacts much quicker even it doesn't change RPM much. Probably the partial gas pedal pressing tells the system "I might want to go faster". It does something to prepare for the coming acceleration.
5/5 stars, The best suv ever
mike,
P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I’ve owned land rovers for a long time now I picked this truck up last week. I ordered it back in November and it just came in last week and what a great ride it is I can’t wait to go off-road
5/5 stars, A thing of beauty
Rex Reddy,
P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)
First 2021 90 in SF ... 5 days since I bought it. Absolutely delighted Worth my almost 2 year wait for the 90
1/5 stars, Dead on the 3rd day
Joe M,
P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Bought a new 2021 Defender X. Pretty awesome until the morning of day 3 with ~500 miles on the odometer, all safety systems failed along with a gearbox failure at 80 mph on the interstate. It barely allowed me to get to safety. The out of town dealer repaired and gave it back only to have it fail again the next morning. Of course this is in the middle of important meetings as well. It remains at the out of town dealer now 8.5 days of the first 11 I have owned it. The dealer who sold it wont talk with me and customer care scheduled a call in two weeks. I have remained surprisingly calm in the face of all this, but as an engineer and technology developer I am a bit embarrassed I bought the car knowing Land Rover's reputation for reliability. I never thought I would be so disappointed with a $91,000 new car.

2021 Land Rover Defender videos

SPEAKER 1: If you're into off-road vehicles, it's a great time to be alive. There are a lot of great choices out there, and it looks like the new Ford Bronco has the potential to be one of the best. There's no way to tell for sure until we get to drive it, so I thought I'd take the time to have a surface level chat about the Bronco's design, style, and how it stacks up against its two most direct competitors, the Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender. As always, hit that subscribe button below, because we have a ton of great content coming your way. And head over to edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. If you haven't seen our Ford Bronco preview video yet, you might want to go check that out right now. Go ahead, I'll wait. When it comes to style, people often reference the past. Is it nostalgia, or does it take time for timeless style to develop? Personally, I think it's a combination of both. With the revival of the new Ford Bronco and Land Rover Defender, the Jeep Wrangler has its work cut out for it. All three are iconic off-roaders with impressive specs and modern engineering. But they also celebrate their heritage with motifs and design elements that date back several decades. The common thread? Well, they're all boxy with short overhangs for better off-road capabilities. Most of them are also a lot more primitive and utilitarian than the typical family crossover SUV. Let's start with the Jeep, since in a lot of ways it was the originator of this class, as one of the first mass-produced four wheel drive vehicles. The Jeep was instrumental in helping the Allies win World War II, and went on to become a symbol of freedom and sacrifice. It's easy to see its lineage, even with an eight decade difference. They're both purpose-built and fairly simple in design. After all, the fewer intricacies and complications means quicker production, and that was critical to the war effort. The Willys MA here shows the origins of the Wrangler's distinctive grill, with these upright metal slats. They're also the flat fenders and slab-sided body that are instantly recognizable. Other Jeep staples include the fold down windshield as well as the removable doors. The MB version is the one that we recognize as the traditional military Jeep. Note the grill is now stamped steel rather than those welded slats, because it speeds up production. After the war, Willys introduced the first civilian Jeep. That's where the CJ name comes from. Over the decades, it evolved, but remains easily recognizable. There have been some tweaks here and there, with maybe a little rounded-off corner here and rounded-off fenders there, and even, yeah, rectangular headlights. Ugh. The CJ title was dropped in favor of the Wrangler name in the late 1980s. The Jeep has the kind of brand equity that you simply can't buy. And the fan base is very dedicated, as evidenced by a handful of comments in that Bronco preview video. Then there's the Land Rover Defender. The Defender's heritage can be traced back to the original Land Rover Series I, II, III. Unlike the Jeep, these were developed for agricultural and light commercial duty in postwar England. They were similarly primitive, though. In the '80s, the Defender came on the scene with the squared-off style that so many of us come to love. The two main versions, Defender 90 and the longer Defender 110 were only sold in the US for a few years, which kind of made them forbidden fruit for a lot of people. Its rarity and price gained its own cult following, and that squared-off shaped and exposed rivets had a charm all its own. The Defender underwent its only true redesign last year. In the process, it lost some of that aforementioned charm. The new Defender is more of a modern reinterpretation rather than an evolution. It's softer in its style, which may be a disappointment to Defender loyalists. But it may also gain a wider audience as a result. To use a movie industry reference, it's great to have critical acclaim, but every now and then you need a blockbuster to keep the lights on. Now the problem is, this dumpster fire that is 2020 makes it really difficult to tell whether or not the Defender is a success or failure when it comes to sales. We'll just have to wait a little longer to see what the public's reaction is to it. There are hints of the original Defender here and there, but it's simply not as bad ass as the original. Sure, it has some mean-looking headlights, and that chopped-off rear tail section. But the rounding of the corners and the fenders almost remind me of a Honda Element from certain angles, and that's not exactly a compliment. I have no doubt that it's a very capable off-roader. And if current Land Rover vehicles are an indication, all that technical wizardry should make it a lot easier to navigate difficult terrain. Part of the allure of off-roading is actually in the struggle. It's that sensation that you're an integral part of reaching the destination. I have a feeling that the Defender might actually make things too easy, if that's even possible. The interior is a good example. It has echoes of the past, but it's overpowered by the modern and luxurious setting it's in. I'm sure it's a great glamper, and it's probably better to drive on the road. But in this instance, I'm falling on the side of edginess. I know, me, Mr. Luxury! Who knew? Plus I feel kind of bad mucking up that lovely cabin. And now, onto the new hotness of the moment, new Ford Bronco. Has the Bronco split the difference between the Jeep and the Defender? No. No, no, no. From my in-person experience, it's definitely a lot closer to the Jeep Wrangler than the Defender. In some ways, it's what I wish the Defender could have been, with its strong, retro identity, with all the tech and convenience features that we get from any modern car. I can see how some might feel that Ford was a little heavy-handed with the retro styling, because I sort of feel the same way. Or at least I used to. When you think of other retro revivals, like the PT Cruiser, Chevy HHR, or that monstrosity that was the last Thunderbird, yeah, I can see that. But man, it just seems to work for me with this Bronco. What really resonates with me is that they didn't put any retro features in there that didn't really serve a purpose. Like the peaked fenders that are a retro callback, but they allow the driver to get a better indication of where the corners are when they're off-roading. On the whole, it's the details that make the Bronco special. It's as if Ford let Jeep take over market research for two decades while they took a massive shortcut that isn't on any map, and ended up at the same destination at the same time. I suppose Chevy could have followed suit. But that new Blazer has abandoned all of its heritage in favor of mass-market appeal, as questionable as that may be. In the more affluent class, the Mercedes G Wagon, well that's more of a reboot than a sequel, because honestly, I still have a hard time telling the new one from the previous one. If successful, the Ford Bronco may usher in a new era of cool off-roaders. Or at least one can hope. I would love to see a revival of the Toyota FJ, and perhaps with a hail Mary pass in the automotive industry, maybe we could someday see an International Scout come back. Come on, Navistar. It's a license to print money. Anyway, those are my thoughts on the new Ford Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler, as well as the Land Rover Defender. Let me know what you think in the comments below. And as always, head on to edmunds.com for more information on the Bronco and all of its competition. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe.

New Ford Bronco Style Comparison

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Land Rover Defender, but since the 2021 Land Rover Defender is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

The 2021 Ford Bronco is the hot vehicle of the moment. Mark Takahashi covers the new Bronco’s design and style and how it stacks up against its most direct competitors, the Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$46,100
MPG & Fuel
18 City / 21 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.4 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 296 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.4 in. / Height: 77.7 in. / Width: 79.1 in.
Curb Weight: 4550 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.6 cu.ft.
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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

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Land Rover Defender vs. Jeep Wrangler

As you would likely expect, the Wrangler has the off-road capabilities to back up its aggressive styling, and a new hybrid model gives it some green cred too. Like the Defender, it's available in both two- and four-door body styles. The Wrangler has a lower base price than the Defender but lacks the more premium feel and feature availability of the Defender.

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Land Rover Defender vs. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Let's get it out of the way: The G-Class is substantially more expensive than the Defender. But otherwise these two SUVs have some similarities. They're both based on famous nameplates and have ample off-road capabilities. It's fair to say that of the two, the Defender is the one you'd actually want to go off-roading in. The G-Class is perhaps too posh for its own good. But if Teutonic quality and a bold presence are what you want, the G-Class is the way to go.

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Land Rover Defender vs. Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery is one of Land Rover's oldest nameplates, making a name for itself with genuine off-road capabilities in a package that was far closer to the Range Rover than the original stylish-but-spartan Defender. This new one is much the same. The Disco doesn't have quite the level of off-road capabilities, and the design is a little more anonymous, but otherwise it's a more comfortable day-to-day driver than the Defender.

Compare Land Rover Defender & Land Rover Discovery features 

FAQ

Is the Land Rover Defender a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Defender both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Land Rover Defender fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Defender gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. 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 34.0 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 2021 Land Rover Defender?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Land Rover Defender:

  • Two-door Defender 90 joins the lineup
  • New X-Dynamic trim features unique interior and exterior styling
  • Revised standard and optional feature availability
  • Part of the second Defender generation introduced for 2020
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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 2021 Land Rover Defender a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Land Rover Defender is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Defender and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Defender is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Land Rover Defender?

The least-expensive 2021 Land Rover Defender is the 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $46,100.

Other versions include:

  • P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $65,500
  • P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,100
  • P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $71,600
  • P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $62,700
  • P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $83,000
  • P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $53,800
  • P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $49,400
  • P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $50,500
  • P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $57,800
  • P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $64,100
  • P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $80,500
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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 P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 X-Dynamic 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 2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Land Rover Defender Overview

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is offered in the following submodels: Defender SUV, Defender Hybrid. Available styles include P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Land Rover Defender?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Land Rover Defender and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Defender 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2021 Defender.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Land Rover Defender?

2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,450. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,011 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,011 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,439.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,750. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,084 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,084 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,666.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 90 S 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,850. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,617 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,617 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,233.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 3.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,150. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,586 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,586 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $53,564.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Land Rover Defender P300 110 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,150. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,245 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,245 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,905.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X-Dynamic S 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,050. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,351 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,351 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,699.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $65,450. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,406 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,406 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $64,044.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 First Edition 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $66,850. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,648 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,648 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $65,202.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $72,950. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,592 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,592 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,358.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $81,850. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,735 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,735 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $80,115.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 90 X 2dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $84,350. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $1,819 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,819 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $82,531.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Defender P400 110 X 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Land Rover Defenders are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Land Rover Defender for sale near. There are currently 13 new 2021 Defenders listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $62,730 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Land Rover Defender.

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Find a new Land Rover for sale - 6 great deals out of 13 listings starting at $19,405.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 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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