AutoNation Drive | Nov 05, 2020


The all-new Land Rover Defender updates a classic SUV with new comfort, tech and capability. Is this now the ultimate luxury overlander? We have a complete look, right now.

As the first major update in 70 years, the new Land Rover Defender has a lot to live up to. But just to look at it, you can tell Land Rover has done their homework here, with a thoroughly modern update inside and out. Pricing starts for a base 110 SE starts at just over $62,000. The model we have here, with several options packs, brings the price to $72,780 including destination.

View of the Land Rover Defender climbing over rugged terrain

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Powertrain

Under the hood is a 3-liter inline six with a turbo, supercharger and mild-hybrid system. This produces up to 395 horsepower and 406 lbs-ft of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic with a dual-range gearbox and Land Rover's advanced Terrain Response all-wheel drive system.

EPA rates our test vehicle at 17 miles to the gallon in the city and 22 on the highway.


Cabin Interior

The back door swings sideways for easy access. Revealing a cargo area that features up to 36.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats up. Fold them down for up to 78.8 cubic feet of total capacity.

The second row fits an adult quite easily with lots of power options for mobile devices and a fold-down armrest with integrated cup-holders.

The front cabin continues the modern retro design language with digital instrumentation and a design that vaguely recalls some of the lines from the original defender.


Infotainment

A 10-inch touchscreen integrates all entertainment, navigation and vehicle setup options. The built-in navigation works well, with an on-screen keyboard or voice prompts. You can also plug in a mobile device for Apple Carplay or Android Auto. This is also where you can view cameras used for backing up or navigating tricky situations. You can also hit a button to configure the off-road system, to optimize it for various terrain.


Performance

Unlike the original Defender, which didn't even have air bags, the new model is loaded with advanced safety equipment: including emergency braking, blind spot and lane keep assist, rear traffic monitor, door exit monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Even on paved roads, driving the new Defender is quite nice. The long wheelbase of this 110, keeps it stable at any speed, and the air suspension keeps it balanced in the corners.

Head off-road and the suspension raises up 3 inches, to help clear pretty much any obstacle. When equipped with proper tires, the Defender is pretty much unstoppable. If you want a vehicle to take you to the end of the earth… and back again, this is not only one of the most capable choices… it's also one of the most comfortable.


Overall

If you're looking for the best go-anywhere, do-anything luxury vehicle, you can't beat the all-new Land Rover Defender 110.

At AutoNation, we have more than 70,000 new and used vehicles available from coast-to-coast. Find the perfect vehicle, pick your options, and arrange for a test drive at your location Autonation-Affiliate Land Rover dealer.

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