Land Rover Defender (2022) review: all-terrain, all the time (2023)

► New Defender 90 and 110 review
Highly capable 4x4s brilliant on- and off-road
► Is it good enough for Defender diehards?

The question isn’t whether the new Land Rover Defender is a good car, or even whether it’s as capable off-road as you’d hope. Those things are important, yes. But what really matters is whether this new SUV has the chops to replace one of the 20th century’s most iconic vehicles. And the answer is… complicated.

The new Defender had almost as fraught a beginning as the original. A matter of days before the world’s media were handed the keys to one of the most important new vehicles in yonks, the globe went into lockdown. The frustration at the firm’s HQ in Coventry must’ve been palpable, having gone to such lengths to produce one of its most critical products in generation only for a health pandemic to muffle its launch.

Skip ahead to the second half of 2020 and Defender sales begun to ramp up, with long-anticipated first drives for the Defender 90 and Defender 110 variants finally taking place. We’ve now driven the whole range – the 90 and 110, diesel, V8 and plug-in hybrid, and we look forward to trying the upcoming Defender 130 too.

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Here’s the snap judgement: Land Rover has succeeded in giving the Defender a new lease of life, with on-road abilities that don’t compromise the car’s astounding performance away from the asphalt. It effectively had two briefs and it nailed both of them, more than living up to that imposing legacy.

The next question is whether this latest version has real Defender DNA, and whether it’s a still a proper alternative to other hardcore off-roading rivals, including the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Toyota Land Cruiser. Keep reading our Land Rover Defender review for the full verdict…

What you need to know about the latest Land Rover Defender

Before we delve too deeply into how it drives, it’s worth catching up on a little on the technology. ‘Project L663’ is based on JLR’s D7 Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) aluminium platform – but it’s been developed into the D7X (X for Extreme) monocoque, which is claimed to be three times stiffer in terms of structural rigidity than its rivals. In real terms, that means the Defender should withstand serious loadings – reflected in its off-road ability and on-road poise.

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It has serious off-roading covered. Approach angles are 38 degrees front and 40 rear providing it’s specced with air suspension, and it can climb a 38-degree angle and descend a 40-degree one (again on air). Wading depth isup to 900mm deep, compared with 500mm for the old Defender, while the electrical system is tested to IP67 standard – they should be able to be submerged in water forup to an hour without damage.

Off-road, the only notable difference between the short 90 and longer 110 is that the former has a ramp breakover angle of 31 degrees, but the latter’s extended wheelbase reduces its figure down to 28 degrees. Still impressive, nonetheless.

There’s bags of tech, too, as you’d expect. Land Rover’s latest electronic architecture is significantly faster than before and now features such delights as over-the-air software updates, plus an infotainment system that’s swift and responsive to use.It has 85 ECUs, and they’re constantly talking to each other at up to 100Mb/s – a major step forward.

If you want a Defender, you’re looking at a wait of a few months (especially now that the semiconductor chip shortage has gripped the industry), particularly if you’ve gone for the dinky 90 or been choosy with the configurator. That’s taken as read when you consider there’s the base-spec Defender, X-Dynamic, XS Edition, X, V8 and V8 Carpathian Edition, each of which can be specced with S, SE or HSE specification packs.

Additionally, you can choose between a mild-hybrid 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel with of varying outputs (replacing the original 2.0-litre four-pot), a 2.0-litre petrol, a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol also with MHEV, plus the plug-in hybrid P400e, which also utilises the 2.0-litre mill. To cap it all off, those V8 Defender editions get a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol developing 518bhp. All are driven through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and dual-range 4×4. As well as that, there’s an unending options list to truly personalise your Landie. Exhausting.

(Video) Land Rover Defender 2021 in-depth on and off-road REVIEW

What’s it like inside?

Inside, the Defender mixes elements of the original’s functionality with the tech and equipment you expect of a modern car. There are exposed screw heads and ruggedised surfaces on the one hand, classy-looking aluminium panels on the other. It’s a well-judged mix and, if anything, is a more successful new-age reboot of the franchise than the exterior. We’d fight shy of calling it premium, but it has an aura of quality with a dash of toughness. That strikes the correct balance.

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There are some very un-Defender-like touches now, such as padded armrests and a smattering of soft-feel surfaces, as well as the joy of that optional central front seat, which you can have in place of a verycapacious central storage area and cupholders. There are storage areas everywhere inside, with deep door pockets and a dashboard shelf that’ll take most of your gear on the move.

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system is a cinch to use, being both quick and intuitive. It also syncs up and works with your smartphone seamlessly, too. No more wrestling with it to get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to work. Other nice touches are theClearSight rear-view mirror for when your Defender is loaded to gunwales – or you want to see what your spare wheel’s obscuring – and the ClearSight camera set-up that allows you to virtually see through the bonnet via the infotainment screen for super-tough off-roading sessions.

In short, it’ll be great for expeditions and is completely family-friendly, in 110-guise at least. The ruggedised interior should shrug off anything the kids throw at it, and while it’s short of being hose-clean inside, the longer Defender has a boot that’ll swallow a couple of sheep. Boot space goes from 231 litres with all three rows in place to 2233 litres with all the seats folded for the 110, 397 to 1563 litres in the compact 90.

What’s it like to drive?

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Initially we drove a Defender 110 D240, a model that’s been discontinued for 2021, replaced by the D250. Being the more powerful of the two diesels originally on offer, there was little wrong with the way it went – developing 237bhp and 317lb ft – going a long way to overcoming its hefty 2248kg kerb weight. On paper that translates to a 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 117mph – but on the road, it’s more than adequate.

That’s the tedious issue of performance figures out of the way – but how does it actually feel on the road? A bit of a revelation, actually. The first thing that surprises is the agility of the thing, and although it’s self-evidently no sports car, direct and well-weighted steering give it a positive relationship with the road, while the air suspension fitted to this model gives it a compliant ride and excellent body control. Okay, it could be argued that this shouldn’t be a Defender priority, but we’re in a new world now, packed with car-based SUVs pretending to be off-roaders, and the Defender will need to swim in that pool to satisfy its owners.

Beyond that, it corners with an accuracy that will surprise you. It’s easy to place, tracks bends faithfully, and we’d go as far to say that if the road is reasonably sized, it’s an enjoyable steer. Sadly, our first drive took place in the Cotswolds where the roads are cramped and packed, so we couldn’t really explore too much – but it did emphasise how confidently you can place the Defender when the going gets tight.

At speed it’s restful enough – there’s not too much wind noise to concern yourself with, it doesn’t seem to be affected by crosswinds, and the Ingenium diesel is hushed and responsive. In all, a very impressive effort, leaving us with only one question – why would you buy a full-sized Land Rover Discovery now?

What about the Defender 90?

Our on-road drive of the shorter 90 revolved around the potent P400 model, available exclusively in range-topping X specification (V8 models aside). It weighs in at £86,265 – you have to be a committed worshiper at the church of Land Rover to not question that price tag. Leaps of faith aside, you’re treated to the more refined, throatier soundtrack of a 3.0-litre straight six version of the Ingenium powertrain, complete with mild-hybridisation.

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It’s a very effective integration, proving seamless at slow speeds, being keen to cut the engine out as soon as possible when you’re slowing for traffic lights and junctions, but more impressive is the torque surge that pushes you along when you’re more liberal with the throttle application. Land Rover’s figures claim that squirting from 50-75mph takes just 3.6 seconds, while the anachronistic dash from standstill to 62mph requires just 6.1 seconds. Remember, this is a Defender, and in this spec weighs 2268kg.

Despite its heft, tall body and short length, it handles nimbly, not feeling appreciably different on-road to the 110, although the air springs and on-board electronics doubtless dial out any twitchiness that the shorter wheelbase might otherwise introduce. Whether it’s psychological or not, because you can’t help but notice how short it is from the commanding driver’s seat, you feel more inclined to hurl it about with vim on windy B-roads. It’s a hoot doing so, or at least it is when the gap between the hedgerows is wide enough for you and a Transit van to pass each other without sucking copious volumes of air in through your teeth.

We have separate reviews of the V8 and PHEV models.

(Video) 2022 Land Rover Defender review: 110 X P400 – The family 4x4 that can do almost anything?

What’s it like off road?

We’ve tested the Defender at Eastnor Castle, the home of Land Rover off-road development since the original Series model in the lead-up to its launch in 1948. The place is steeped in LR history, and as you’d expect, it was always going to perform strongly on its home turf. Full disclosure: running was conducted on all-purpose tyres and on courses purpose-built by the firm’s engineers, which looked impressive, gave it a decent work-out, and consisted of rutted, muddy tracks, steep, slippery inclines, and the stickiest of mud.

The toys are all there – height-adjustable air suspension (on the 110), low-range transmission, locking centre and active rear locking diffs, all mated to the company’s well-proven Terrain Response and Hill Descent technology. What this means is that Land Rover says it’s more effective than any other LR product and should prove near unstoppable in the English countryside.

And so it proves. Toggle Terrain Response and Hill Descent and then just steer and go. The Defender’s electronics and hardware make expert off-road adventurers out of the most hamfisted drivers. The steering, throttle and visibility leave you feeling confident that you can get from one end of the Darrien Gap to the other without real hardship – although Eastnor, we guess, could flatter to deceive.A proper off-road test will no doubt confirm our suspicions that this will live up to the Land Rover strapline, ‘Best 4x4xFar’.

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If you’re serious about your off-road driving then the air-sprung arrangement really should be the first option box you tick, but it’s demonstrative of Land Rover’s belief in the Defender’s abilities that when we drove the 90 on a similarly challenging course after nigh-on a fortnight of rain, we did so on the standard coil springs.

Most obvious difference between the two is that much more of the jolting from the deeply scarred trail tracks beneath are transmitted to the cabin, plus there’s no option to elevate the ride height up to the air-equipped model’s 291mm height where the going gets really tough, but over the course of two hours, any progress for the Defender 90 was only limited by traction in the mud – even then it got out under its own steam, without the need to be winched to safety.

Where the 90 proves slightly more adept over the 110 is that nimbleness you sense on the road comes to the fore off of it, wriggling around tree stumps, boulders and earth banks with impish ease.

If you’d like more confirmation of its off-road prowess, scroll down to read Gavin Green’s off-road adventure in a Defender in Namibia.


So, the new Defenders are good. Not just in the countryside, but in towns and cities and on the roads that criss-cross our land. As a car to take on adventures, it certainly seems tough enough, and its off-road ability is peerless at this price point. Land Rover would never live it down if it were any other way. But most importantly, and for the toughest test of all – working out for the family – it passes with flying colours, offering space, tech and cool appeal to work on so many levels.

What it does that no Defender before has managed is to work so comprehensively well on the road. It sits comfortably on the motorway, it is playful on B-roads, and is happy in town. Specify it on air suspension, and you’re invited to a world of comfort that’s alien to previous examples of the breed, while ticking the 246bhp D250 diesel box on the configurator makes it accelerate effortlessly. Not bad for the mid-range power unit.

The only thing left to do is answer the question posed at the beginning: is this worthy of the Defender badge? Based on its Swiss Army Knife approach to everything life could throw at it, the answer surely is yes – as a tough off-roader that can turn itself to anything, it really is brimming with Land Rover DNA.

But is it the vehicle that so many Land Rover Defender enthusiasts ached for? Possibly not – the affordable, rugged workhorse of old, patched together with binder twine and usually with a pair of shouty Border Collies in the back is now the stuff of legend. For those of you who don’t live in the countryside, here’s a newsflash: Land Rover abandoned that market years ago, leaving the working replacement for so many beloved Defenders a battered Ford Ranger or Mitsubishi L200.

It’s now time to move decisively on to the next chapter of the Defender story.

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So, 90 or 110? Reality is that the longer model makes much more sense for family life, with up to eight seats over three rows, a useful flat boot floor when the rearmost rows are folded away, it’s easier to live with – and doubtless to sell on. The 90’s more of a status car – all the more charming in its appeal as a result and will doubtless look particularly on point outside a chic London address – but the 110’s more rounded.

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Gavin Green’s adventure drive of the the new Defender in Namibia, March 2020

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on a three-day Namibian adventure

Finally, after much talk and many aborted proposals, here is the new version of the car that started the Land Rover legend. And it looks unlike any other recent Land Rover. It’s a tough, chunky, boxy Land Rover that looks ready to conquer the world. The new Defender counters years of urban drift and luxury leanings from Britain’s best-known maker of 4x4s (as SUVs used to be known).

Land Rover, of course, forged its reputation in Africa. So, it made sense to undertake the new Defender’s first big adventure in the world’s wildest continent. Even better, we did it in one of the most remote parts of Africa’s most deserted country, Namibia.

Is the new Land Rover Defender a proper adventure vehicle?

It certainly looks the part with its squared styling. Off-road credentials look impressive, including low range, adjustable height air suspension (standard on the 110, as tested) and auto locking centre and rear diffs.

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The pleasingly functional design extends to rubber flooring, grab handles in the front and back, and a chunky exposed magnesium crossbeam that’s part of the dash and body structure.

Our test cars had ‘expedition’ roof racks, raised air intakes for wading rivers, roof ladders and a side-mounted ‘gear’ carrier. They used chunky mud and snow tyres. The diesel D240 had steel wheels.

I suspect these will all prove popular options in West London. They were also perfect for our Namibian adventure – a 420-mile loop in the far north-west of the country.

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Fewer than 10 miles were on tarmac. The rest was a mix of rocky mountain passes, hard-packed sand, dunes, gravel and dry (and occasionally very wet) riverbeds.

Is it as good off-road as the old Defender?

In some areas, it’s clearly better. Wading depth is 900mm versus 500m on the old Defender (thank the height adjustable suspension). Land Rover says this is the best vehicle, off-road, it’s ever made.

More significant than the extra capability, is the ease with which the new Defender can go anywhere. Its electronically controlled 4×4 system delivers maximum grip, effortlessly. It makes it more surefooted going cautiously and more comfortable going fast. It’s easier to drive off-road than the old Landie, if less fulfilling.

The toughened D7x aluminium monocoque is the perfect platform: it’s three times stiffer than the old Defender’s chassis.

(Video) Land Rover Defender 2021 on/off-road review: 500mm of suspension articulation?!

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On fast gravel or sandy roads, the new car is also much faster and more comfortable. There’s none of the beam axle bounce, body-on-frame shudder or slow steering response that made the dear old Defender a very analogue, very involving but occasionally very uncomfortable drive. All-round cameras make all-terrain prowess even easier.

It’s early 2020 technology versus mid last century smithery, and it shows.

What about on the road?

The new Defender may look designed for the Serengeti rather than the city. Yet most buyers will be wealthy urbanites who live in the West or in China or Japan. That is the sad, unfulfilled fate of the modern 4×4.

Will it cope in the urban jungle? Easily. Its square style and relatively compact dimensions (the 110 is a touch longer than a BMW 3-series) make it easy to thread through town. Ride comfort is excellent. Those big air springs and vast wheel travel mean it can ride the broken urban blacktop as imperiously as the QE2 conquers ocean swells.

The ride is a little busier than a Discovery’s or a Range Rover’s and there’s more wind noise too, but it’s not excessive. On the other hand, the Defender is more fun and involving on a winding B-road than its posher brothers.

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Our vehicle had the D240 237bhp diesel engine (although I also sampled the top-of-the-range P400 straight-six petrol). It’s the perfect engine for the car. It’s gutsy and refined, the smoothest and quietest iteration of JLR’s Ingenium diesel to date. The torquey diesel also suits the Defender’s tough off-roader image well.

Infotainment is top-notch, the best of any Jaguar or Land Rover. It’s JLR’s new system, soon to be rolled out to posher cars. To old Defender diehards these may be the devil’s work. More important, they’ll appeal to the affluent young sporty types who JLR must target.


Replacing an iconic 72-year old car was a tough task. In many ways, it was impossible. Land Rover has judged it well. The new Defender has all the off-roading prowess (and then some) of the wonderful old Landie and mingles that with impressive on-road comfort and everyday usability.

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There are enough traditional styling genes to reassure the faithful and yet enough modernity to tempt those fresh to Land Rover. Whether you’re planning an African adventure or, more likely, want a utilitarian everyday car that can carry people and bikes/skis/surfboards/fishing rods/a family etc, the Defender can deliver.

It’s not cheap. Our test D240 110 cost just over £52,000. So, it’s not a working vehicle like the agricultural old Landie. It’s too pricey. The flipside is that its breadth of capability is astonishing, brilliant off-road and surprisingly refined on it. It looks and goes bush like a tough 4×4, and yet is also well suited to the monotonous family-car life of a modern SUV.

Even when motoring through Surrey or Shanghai, Silicon Valley or Sydney, there’ll still be a whiff of adventure. You can sense those Serengeti genes that continue to make the Defender the definitive 4×4. In many ways, this is Land Rover’s greatest achievement.


How reliable is the 2022 Defender? ›

Is the Land Rover Defender Reliable ? The 2022 Land Rover Defender has a predicted reliability score of 70 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Is the new Defender good offroad? ›

So is the new Defender any good off-road? Absolutely. The new Defender is certainly a very capable off-road vehicle.

Is the Land Rover Defender a good daily driver? ›

The beauty of our custom and fully rebuilt Land Rover Defenders is that every component is updated and upgraded, making it the ideal daily driver.

How well is the new Defender selling? ›

THE LAND ROVER Defender is proving to be a big hit with car buyers, being outsold only by the Range Rover Evoque in the second quarter of 2021, according to the company's latest figures.

How long do Land Rover Defenders last? ›

A Land Rover will last, on average, about 200,000 miles or 13 years. But despite its legacy, Land Rover is amongst the least reliable makes on the road, ranking 33rd (last) in J.D. Power's 2020 vehicle dependability study.

Is Defender a safe car? ›

A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The Defender has a multi-collision braking system which prevents secondary impacts.
Night time.
System NameLane Keep Assist
Emergency Lane KeepingAdequate
Lane Keep AssistGood
Human Machine InterfaceGood
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Which Defender is best off-road? ›

The 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is an 8-seater off-roader capable of tackling any terrain without breaking a sweat.

Which is the best Defender model? ›

The Land Rover defender 110 is likely the best Defender model for those again with fairly busy families or that often travel in groups because of the sheer practicality and versatility of the car.

Why are Land Rovers so good off-road? ›

Land Rovers have off-road features that help drivers with modes for gravel/grass/snow, sand, and mud and ruts. Plus, there is a rock crawl setting. In addition to that, Land Rover SUVs feature a very sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.

Is a Defender easy to drive? ›

Pottering around locally, with slow-moving traffic, one feels at ease driving the car. Even though the actual size is camouflaged by the styling, judgment isn't an issue thanks to the good visibility and the Defender is easy to maneuver even in thick traffic.

Are Range Rover Defenders reliable? ›

Unfortunately, the Land Rover Defender has some pretty bad ratings in terms of reliability. Many drivers reported that they needed to make repairs within the first **three years of ownership, including some complicated and expensive repairs that took a while to complete.

Which Land Rover Defender engine is best? ›

The Best Land Rover Engine

While the 2021 2.2-litre TDCi is the most powerful and refined engine ever to call the Defender its home, we're willing to bet that more than a few Defender owners would argue that the old 300Tdi is by far the most robust and off-road friendly engine of all the iterations of years gone by!

What is better Defender or discovery? ›


If you need to carry more than 5 passengers, the Discovery is the better choice thanks to its standard 5+2 seating configuration. Both come standard with identical 2.0L P300 Gas i4 engines producing the same power figures.

Why is the new Land Rover Defender so expensive? ›

A Land Rover Defender is expensive due to its rarity, uniqueness, and capability. It is one of the rare wonders of the automotive market. The price for a Land Rover Defender is also high because of its name. People are known to pay high costs to have an item from the desired brand, which is true for Defenders.

Are Defenders going up in value? ›

Demand for the Land Rover remains as high as ever, as do prices. In fact, values are actually rising because even the newest Defenders have taken on classic status. Yet while these appreciating assets are better than money in the bank, the running costs are likely to be a drain on your account.

Which is the most reliable Land Rover? ›

8 Most Reliable SUVs Land Rover Ever Produced
  • 8/8 1970 Range Rover Classic.
  • 7/8 1983 Land Rover 110.
  • 6/8 1989 Land Rover 90.
  • 5/8 1989 Land Rover Discovery Series 1.
  • 4/8 2003 Range Rover.
  • 3/8 Land Rover LR4.
  • 2/8 2011 Range Rover Evoque.
  • 1/8 2014 Range Rover Sport SVR.
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Where are Land Rover Defenders built? ›

Nitra Plant, Slovakia: Makes the Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Defender.

What is the safest car in the world? ›

Top 10 Safest Cars In World
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Do defenders have airbags? ›

Six airbags protect the driver and passengers, while up to three ISOFIX mounting points are available. New Defender scored 85 per cent for Adult and Child Occupant protection, 79 per cent for Safety Assist and achieved a 71 per cent score for Vulnerable Road Users on its way to a five-star overall rating.

How many airbags does a Land Rover Defender have? ›

The top-end model Land Rover Defender [2020-2021] 110 HSE comes with 6 Airbags (Driver, Passenger, 2 Curtain, Driver Side, Front Passenger Side).

How reliable is the new Land Rover? ›

The probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 19% for the Land Rover Range Rover, compared to an average of 19% for luxury fullsize SUVs and 12% for all vehicle models. The average total annual cost for unscheduled repairs and maintenance across all model years of a vehicle.

How reliable is the new Defender 90? ›

Land Rover's toughest 4x4 has to deliver supreme reliability, while safety shouldn't be an issue. From just looking at the chunky, robust design, you could easily draw the conclusion that the Defender is virtually unbreakable. And, to live up to its name, it has to show excellent reliability in all conditions.

Which is the best Defender engine? ›

The Best Land Rover Engine

While the 2021 2.2-litre TDCi is the most powerful and refined engine ever to call the Defender its home, we're willing to bet that more than a few Defender owners would argue that the old 300Tdi is by far the most robust and off-road friendly engine of all the iterations of years gone by!

Which is the best Defender model? ›

The Land Rover defender 110 is likely the best Defender model for those again with fairly busy families or that often travel in groups because of the sheer practicality and versatility of the car.

Which is more reliable Jeep or Land Rover? ›

J.D. Power and Associates' 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Are new Land Rover Defenders reliable? ›

The new Land Rover Defender

Despite all of this, the new Defender has proven to be a fairly reliable vehicle and the JD Power surveys, taken from 100s of owners see the Defender score 70 out of 100 in the reliability stakes.

Is Land Rover high maintenance? ›

As a luxury brand with poor reliability ratings, Land Rovers tend to be pricier to maintain than the average luxury full-size SUV, with an annual repair cost of around $1,174.

Which is Better Defender 90 or 110? ›

Choosing between the Defender 90 and Defender 110 boils down to your preference. If you want a two-row five-seater, the Defender 90 is your pick. If you need a three-row off-roader, there's nothing quite like the Defender 110.

Is Defender expensive to run? ›

The Defender will be more expensive to fuel than many alternatives. Our favourite engine, the D300 diesel, officially averages just over 30mpg, which isn't great. It gets somewhere near that in the real world, at least – we saw 25-28mpg.

What is the fuel consumption of a new Land Rover Defender? ›

Fuel economy
Petrol engines19.0 - 25.9 mpg
Diesel engines29.9 - 34.0 mpg
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Which new Land Rover Defender should you buy? ›

We think the best Defender is the D250 diesel engine paired with HSE trim. Head to our deals page to make sure you get the best price on one! That said, if you regularly need to use all seven seats, a Land Rover Discovery is probably a better bet.

What should I look for when buying a Defender? ›

Check for damp carpets and broken window mechanisms and door catches. It's crucial to get a Defender up on a ramp. Leaks from the engine and transmission will be much easier to see, as will rust. You will also be able to easily inspect brake unions, steering and suspension joints and springs.

Who makes Land Rover engines? ›

Engines used by the British company Land Rover in its 4×4 vehicles have included four-cylinder petrol engines, and four- and five-cylinder diesel engines. Straight-six cylinder engines have been used for Land Rover vehicles built under licence.
200Tdi (engine code: 11L, 12L, 13L and 14L)
Fuel typeDiesel
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Why is the new Land Rover Defender so expensive? ›

A Land Rover Defender is expensive due to its rarity, uniqueness, and capability. It is one of the rare wonders of the automotive market. The price for a Land Rover Defender is also high because of its name. People are known to pay high costs to have an item from the desired brand, which is true for Defenders.

Where is the new Land Rover Defender built? ›

The new Defender has been designed and developed in the UK, at Gaydon, home to Land Rover's world-class design, engineering and testing facilities. The new home of global Defender production will be Land Rover's recently opened state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

What is the difference between Land Rover Defender SE and HSE? ›

What is the difference? With the HSE, you get some significant luxury upgrades that set this trim level apart from the SE. The HSE gives you a nifty siding panoramic sunroof, a memory function for the side mirrors up front, and a chic diamond turned finish on the 20-inch 5-split spoke Gloss Dark Grey wheels.


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