2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid

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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 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.

2020 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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    New Ford Bronco Style Comparison

    New Ford Bronco Style Comparison

    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.

    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

    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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    P400 110 First Edition 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    P400 110 First Edition 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$68,650
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    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.

    Compare Land Rover Defender & Jeep Wrangler features

    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.

    Compare Land Rover Defender & Toyota Land Cruiser features

    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.

    Compare Land Rover Defender & Mercedes-Benz G-Class features

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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 P400 110 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $62,250.

    Other versions include:

    • 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
    • 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 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), and P400 110 First Edition 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

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    2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid is offered in the following styles: 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), 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 Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Defender Hybrid 3.0 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 2020 Defender Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Defender Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including P400 110 X, P400 110 HSE, P400 110 SE, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid here.

    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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    Which 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrids are available in my area?

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    Why trust Edmunds?

    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid and all available trim types: P400 110 X, P400 110 HSE, P400 110 SE, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender Hybrid?

    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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