Land Rover Defender, the reborn Land Rover Defender, lives up to its legend in a completely modern way. It offers extreme off-road capabilities and a unique style.
Land Rover’s original Defender was the first Land Rover vehicle to be on the market. It was still in production, with updates, from the 1940s through the 2000s. The Defender was not sold in the United States for much of this time. Land Rover is proud to present the Defender in a completely new version. This is an important feat that honors its history. While Defender’s upright styling, low overhangs and side-hinged rear doors, as well as other design elements, are distinctive, the overall appearance is modern. Land Rover offers two-door and four door versions. This model’s off-road capability is paramount. The Defender does a great job, combining old-school hardware and modern technology. The Defender is capable of doing incredible off-roading, but it has an elegant on-road manner that is not as grand as a Land Rover Range Rover.
Pricing and Trims
There are two versions of the 2022 Land Rover Defender: the 90- and 110-door models. The trim levels include the base, S, SE (110 only), XDynamic S(90 only), XDynamic SE (90 only), XDynamic HSE (110 only), XDynamic SE and XDynamic SE. We recommend the Defender 110 SE, which is our most popular model. We will explain why.
The base Defender costs $49,050/$51.850 (90/110) plus a $1.350 destination fee. Standard powertrain includes a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive with high, low, hill-descent control, Terrain Response modes, and all-wheel driving. Skid plates, roof rails and heated and power-folding side reflectors are included. 18-inch steel wheels, heated front seats and fabric upholstery are also included. Wireless charging is available.
Upgrade to the S for $52,450/$553,350 and get the V6 engine. You also get 19-inch alloy wheels, an automatic high beam, leather and a Meridian sound system.
The V6 engine is included in the 110 SE for $66,450. It also comes with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights with auto leveling, and a panoramic sunroof. This is our top pick because it includes the V6 engine. Buyers can also add luxury or hard-core offroad gear as they wish.
The 90 X Dynamic S ($60.850) includes the V6 as standard, 19 inch wheels, illuminated step plates and partial leather upholstery. It also has unique interior and exterior finishes.
The X-DynamicSE ($66,450/$693,350) features 20-inch wheels, LED headlights with auto-leveling and upgraded LED headlights. It also includes a panoramic sunroof.
The X-Dynamic X-Dynamic HSSE (70,950/$73.850) features ventilated front seats, power seat adjustments and adaptive cruise control.
The Defender 110 XS (£73,250), includes air suspension, Adaptive Dynamic, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. It also features a heated steering column, 20-inch wheels and three-zone climate control. There is also a cabin air ionizer, cabin air ionizer, 14 way power seats with memory, leather, a center console refrigerated compartment and a rear-view mirror.
The Defender X ($84.850/$87.350) adds additional capabilities in the form an air suspension and Adaptive Dynamics, an Electronic Active Differential, All-Terrain Progress Control (although many of these items can be added on to lower trims). The exterior features include a panoramic sunroof and auto-leveling headlights. It also has 20-inch wheels.
The Defender V8 ($104 600/$107 800) includes an eight-cylinder engine and a modified suspension. It also features quad exhaust outlets, 22-inch wheels and leather and microsuede upholstery.
V8 Carpathian Edition
The Carpathian Edition is priced at $110,350/$113,000. The Carpathian Edition is only available in two-tone gray and black with a factory-applied matt wrap.
Engine and Performance
There are three engines in the Defender, each mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission which drives all four wheels. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder of the “P300” makes 296 horsepower, 295 pound-feet torque and powers both the 90 base and S models. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is now available in the top two trims. It produces 518 horsepower and 461 lb.ft. The “P400” turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is used in most models. It produces 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft.
A 48-volt “mild hybrid”, which recovers brake energy, aids the V6. The V6’s 395 horsepower is plenty. The V8 is probably too powerful. The engine’s response time is very linear and has a long travel. The steering is well weighted for off-roaders (unlike in a Jeep Wrangler), while the suspension absorbs bumps without jostling passengers. This is a stark contrast to the Defenders of old.
The Defender’s four-wheel-drive base system has low-range gearing and an extreme off-road locking center differential. There is also a lockable rear differential. The standard suspension has a ground clearance of 8.9 inches. However, air suspension can achieve a maximum of 11.5 inches. The Defender can swim through water as deep as 3 feet. The standard wade-sensing system will measure the depth. Clear Sight Front View is an innovative feature in the standard 360-degree camera system that allows for great off-roading. The view from the forward cameras is stitched together to show the driver what’s in front of the vehicle. Terrain Response 2 can adjust the settings of the drivetrain for specific conditions. All Terrain Progress Control is a type of off-road cruise control.
There are many options for seating the Defender. Two-door Defenders can accommodate five to six people, while the four-door Defender can hold five to seven. There is a three-person front bench that can be used for three people. The large armrest, which has storage, folds down when it isn’t in use. The 110 can also be equipped with a second-row seat for two people. However, it is extremely small and takes up very little space when in use. The maximum capacity is seven, as the front bench can only hold three people. You can fold all the seats down to make the Defender 90 more spacious than the Ford Bronco two door. The 110 has 78.8 cubic feet and the Defender 90 is 58.3 cubic yards.
Its interior design is more utilitarian than extravagant like a Land Rover Range Rover. It’s not cheap, however. They are high-quality materials. The flooring is made of rubberized vinyl and has removable carpet mats. There are many grab handles and storage options, including a refrigerated central console compartment. High-tech features include a digital instrument cluster that is standard in every Defender model, large touchscreen displays and an optional head-up display.