Land Rover Defender Pros and Cons Review: Surprise, Surprise

Benefits

  • Amazing tour
  • Fabulous design
  • Excellent inline six engine

The inconvenients

  • A bit of cheap domestic
  • Small third row
  • Build quality concerns

Perhaps due to the Land Rover Defender being deprived in America since 1998, we weren’t sure what to expect with this new one. A few of our staff have some experience with the old and feature editor Christian Seabaugh was able to drive the new version 500 miles across Namibia (insert a jealously induced curse here), but overall the big silver truck with the fanny pack hanging on the side was a stranger. It was much better than we expected.

“The shock of all shocks,” said editor Scott Evans. “The all-terrain truck with the giant studded tires rolls great on all rough sidewalks. All the travel in the suspension and all the squish in the sidewalls make this thing roll really well.”

Maybe Scott is ironic, but if you’ve spent any time in an old Defender you know it doesn’t ride well. Even if you put the thing on giant studded tires. Each judge recorded his surprise at the excellent ride quality of the new Defender, with that lucky jerk Seabaugh putting a finer point on things by telling us how refreshed he felt even after a long day of riding. road through Africa.

We didn’t see it coming. “Ooh baby, that air suspension,” Editorial Chief Ed Loh said. Comfortable driving also didn’t mean the big Land Rover was bad to drive, as the plush suspensions can also lead to uncontrolled body movements that affect handling. As Evans noted, “The Defender performs really surprisingly well for such a massive and tall truck.”

We also didn’t expect to fall head over heels for the 3.0-liter Ingenium inline-six. “What a great engine,” sang Zach Gale, director of The Buyer’s Guide. With 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, the six-cylinder has more than enough horsepower to motivate the Defender’s 5,719 pounds of mass. “It’s fast,” Seabaugh said. “The engine is responsive, and thanks to that electric supercharger, it’s virtually lag-free, making power until the fuel is cut. I’m more impressed with the drivetrain though; not only is the drivetrain great, but programming is responsive and intelligent. “

We loved the design, both outside and inside. Starting with the exterior, editor Miguel Cortina said: “Every angle reveals a cool SUV.” Even trying to dissolve the looks we just couldn’t do it. From Evans, “I’m not sure how I feel about the style, because it feels like a cartoon to me, but it’s also a lot of fun and looks ready to play. It’s certainly remarkable, and in some ways. , I see a lot of progress in the design. “

The interior of the Defender impressed us even more. “Inside, it’s all big and blocky, all big buttons and grid fonts,” noted editor Mark Rechtin. “And yet it is elegant. Just look at the bolts exposed on the door cards – they are there for a specific purpose, a function, but their shape is beautiful.” In addition, the front and center rows were surprisingly spacious. The same cannot be said for the third row of 10 and under.

The base price is perhaps the most shocking for us: $ 47,450 for the new Defender 90 2-door for 2021 and $ 51,850 for the 110 4-door. However, at those 2021 model year prices, you get a 296- hp turbo inline-4 instead of the powerful straight-6, and coil springs in place of the nice air suspension. None of which we could not test for this competition. Even still, money buys you a lot of off-road SUVs.

However, some corners have been cut; most notably, some of the interior plastics felt a bit low-end, especially the stuff lining the rear compartment. Plus, we’re wary of Land Rover’s notoriously uneven build quality, and our truck had a rattle in the middle seat, an emphatically buzzing roof rack, and a frozen satellite radio. Land Rover assures us that this was the result of this Defender being an early build and the disruption of the supply chain due to the global health crisis. We certainly hope that is the case.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 SE
TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENTFront engine, 4 wheel drive
TYPE OF ENGINETurbocharged / e-supercharged I-6, aluminum block / head, plus electric motor
VALVE TRAINDOHC, 4 valves / cylinder
SHIFTING182.8 cubic inches / 2996 cm3
COMPRESSION RATIO10.5: 1
POWER (SAE NET)395 hp at 5500 rpm (gasoline) + 10 hp (is elec); 395 HP (comb)
TORQUE (SAE NET)406 lb-ft at 2000 rpm (gasoline) + 55 lb-ft (elec); 406 lb-ft (comb)
RED LINE6,800 revolutions per minute
WEIGHT TO POWER14.5 lb / hp
TRANSMISSION8 speed automatic
AXLE / FINAL DRIVE / LOW GEAR3.55: 1 / 2.27: 1 / 2.93: 1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; BACKControl arms, air springs, adj shock absorbers, anti-roll bar; multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
MANAGEMENT RATIO12.6 to 17.6: 1
LOCK TURN2.8
BRAKES, F; R14.3 inch ventilated disc; 13.8 ” Ventilated Disc, ABS
WHEELS8.5 x 20 ” cast aluminum
TIRES255 / 60R20 113H M + S Goodyear Wrangler LR
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE119.0 in
TRACK, F / R67.1 / 66.9 in
Length x Width x Height187.3 x 78.6 x 77.4-80.3 inch
GROUND CLEARANCE8.6-11.5 inch
APPRCH / DEPARTURE ANGLE30.1-37.5 / 37.7-40.0 degree
ROTATING CIRCLE42.1 feet
WEIGHT ON BOARD5719 pounds
WEIGHT DIST, F / R49/51%
TOWING CAPACITY8,200 pounds
NUMBER OF PLACES7
HEADROOM, F / M / R40.6 / 40.4 / 40.7 inch
Legs, F / M / R39.1 / 38.4 / 20.5 inch
SHOULDER CHAMBER, F / M / R60.8 / 59.2 / 48.3 inch
BEH F / M / R LOADING VOLUME69.0 / 34.6 / 11.4 cubic feet
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION AT MPH
0-302.1 seconds
0-403.3
0-504.7
0-606.5
0-708.4
0-8010.9
0-9013.8
0-10017.4
PASSAGE, 45-65 MPH3.6
QUARTER MILE14.9 s at 150 km / h
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH129 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.67g (average)
MT FIGURE EIGHT30.1 s at 0.54 g (average)
TOP-GEAR TOURS @ 60 MPH1,500 revolutions per minute
CONSUMER INFO
STARTING PRICE$ 63,600
PRICE TESTED$ 82,575
STABILITY / TENSION CONTROLYes Yes
AIRBAGS6: double front, front face, f / r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY4 years / 50,000 miles
MOTORPROPELLER WARRANTY4 years / 50,000 miles
ROAD ASSISTANCE4 years / 50,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY23.8 gal
EPA CITY / HWY / COMB ECON17/22/19 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD198/153 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB1.02 lbs / mile
RECOMMENDED FUELPremium unleaded

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