2020 Land Rover Defender 110 review: Tough guy’s got a softer side

It will take you anywhere.

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“I never leave it on the sidewalk.” That’s the first thing she said when I was back I was told by Ime Hall 2020 Land Rover Defender Tested in Africa Earlier this year – you know, when travel was still a thing. Indeed, Emme’s Weekly Safari via Namibia brought the defender’s spectacular off-road chops into the headlines. But as I discovered over the course of a few days at home in Los Angeles, the Defender has a great SUV for urban life.


  • Road capacity
  • Classic style with a modern touch
  • Plenty of room for passengers and cargo
  • Pancholi 3.0-liter mild-hybrid i6

do not like it

  • New infotainment technology is still touch-and-go
  • Vague steering feel
  • Poor fuel economy

Of course, I’m printing with a bunch of photos of a dirty defender who were apparently shot in an off-road park. But like, how could i No Off-road this matter? I will tell Emme’s first drive review The naughty-gritty details of how Land Rover’s new SUV handles rough stuff are found, although I’d say the defender had no trouble tackling the same difficult path Recently a jeep gladiator fired at the Eicodel, And all I had to do was air suspension and shuffle through various off-road modes.

The first round of defenders to kill America will be the four-door 110 version seen here; Two doors 90 arrives in the coming months, And will have the 2021 model year designation. Personally, I’m all about 90, mostly because I’ve got a soft spot for a stubby, two-door SUV. Meanwhile, 110 is actually As much as you can think of. It’s an impressive presence on the road and my first thought of climbing in is, wow, this is vast.

The defender gets Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is high-resolution, with a 10-inch display above the center stack. You have access to all of Defender’s off-road settings here, as well as navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple carplay And Android Auto. Combined with the digital gauge cluster, Defender’s technology game is strong. While the PV Pro system is generally more easy to use and attractive than Land Rover’s old control technology, it still suffers from the same lag response time and sometimes refuses to recognize my iPhone and load the carpel is.

The cloth-lined seats of my Defender SE test car are super-supportive and great for driving long distances in comfort. Overall, the defender’s interior is purposeful, but well-appointed, with fabric-lined panels on the dashboard and tough-looking punches on the doors. This durable appearance is a good thing; I feel so much better about slinging mud inside a defender as I do the leather-wrapped Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Footwells and cargo areas made of rubber also speak of this dirty nature. Sure, you can do the dementander with the defender option like the deanamika suede if you want, but not me, there.

The cabin is elegantly styled, and Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro infotainment technology is mounted on a 10-inch screen.

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You can get a defender with three rows of seats, something Land Rover calls its “five-plus-two” option. If you go this route, you lose a bit of cargo space, but if you stick to the five-passenger configuration, there is a maximum of 78.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first line, though note that the side-hinge. The tailgate swings out to the side, so use caution when returning to the parking space. Talking of halbing, the defender can weigh up to 8,200 pounds, regardless of wheelbase length or engine size.

The Defender’s base engine is a 2.0-liter Turbo I4 with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-ft of torque, but I’ve got the upgraded 3.0-liter I6, which produces turbocharging and mild-hybrid electric assist to produce 395 pp and 406 pounds. Uses -ft. It is the same Land Rover offer in the MHEV I6 Range Rover Sport and is a true peach of the engine, with lots of low-end torque and a sophisticated stop-start system. However, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, even with light-hybrid assistance, it is not exactly a fuel-sipper.

Combined with the smooth-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive, Land Rover says the 3.0-liter Defender 110 can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, surpassing the 5,000-pound SUV’s It is too early. . You really feel the punch from behind the wheel too. Lie on the throttle as you go on the highway ramp and you will be above the posted speed limit before it is time to merge. Not that I know anything about that, natch.

Good tires and well-tuned air suspension keep the defender rocking, no matter the terrain.

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Standard Adaptive Air Suspension does a great job of soaking the pavement blocks and prevents the big defender from feeling tippy or wallowy at speed. There isn’t a whole lot of front-end dive under hard braking, and while I don’t really recommend throwing one of these butchers into a tight corner, the defender is surprisingly agile. It is a nicer highway cruiser than a G-Class, and 20 times better than a Jeep Wrangler. My only gripe is that off-road tires offer this car as part of an off-road pack of $ 1,345. Give and take, I think.

A whole bunch of driver-assist technology makes daily life easier with Defender. Mid-level SE trim comes standard with nifty novelty such as 3D surround camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and even technology that will let you know when you’re parking a car. Whether a car or a pedestrian is coming. Therefore you do not inadvertently open your door and cause an accident. Oddly, full speed adaptive cruise control is an option, so be prepared to spend an extra $ 1,020 on your wish list.

Pricing starts at $ 51,250 for $ 110 (including $ 1,350 for the destination) and can stretch to between $ 90,000 for a fully loaded Defender X. Full range of short wheelbase Defender 90 The models will soon hit dealers and a base, two-door model will debut at $ 47,470.

Great on-road, great off-road.

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Land Rover is cleverly offering a number of different add-on packages that can make your defender look as great or off-road as you want, and they are available throughout the lineup. As tested, my generously equipped 2020 Defender 110 SE costs $ 72,180 including destination. Keeping in mind you can opt for a Jeep Wrangler Rubican well above $ 60,000, which doesn’t strike me as too bad of a deal. The Mercedes G-Class starts at more than $ 130,000, though being capable (perhaps more) off-road in every bit is great. Ford will also be a worthy opponent for the Bronco defender, but it is still a year or so away from dealers.

I have heard people complain that the new defender has lost some of the charm of the older versions, but what they really mean is that it is not a loud, bouncy, asshole to live on daily. The new defender is every bit as capable as its predecessor, but eventually undergoes finishing school. Even if you never get off the beaten path, this new Land Rover is sure to impress.

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