Land Rover Defender 110
Land Rover Defender 110
Land Rover Defender 110
Land Rover Defender 90
Land Rover Defender 90

2022 Land Rover Defender

Pros: Excellent off-road capability; practical, nicely finished cabin; comfortable ride for an off-roader

Cons: Too many functions absorbed by infotainment touchscreen; thirsty; cramped third-row seat

CG Says: The 2022 Land Rover Defender adds an available 518-horsepower supercharged V8 in both the 90 and 110 models. In addition to more customization options, the 2022 model also adds a V8 Carpathian Edition, and the Defender 90 adds X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE trims. The Defender also adds an available 11.4-inch touchscreen display as well as standard wireless charging. Land Rover revived one of its most storied nameplates—Defender—on an all-new-for-2020 compact SUV. The previous-generation Defender was last sold in America in 1997, and stayed true to the original design concept of the first Land Rover in 1948. The Defender was completely redesigned; it replaced a traditional body-on-frame/solid axle layout with an aluminum unibody design and 4-wheel independent suspension, and added plenty of high-tech features. Like its predecessors, the new Defender is offered in a 2-door version that is dubbed “90” and a 4-door version that is badged “110.” The 2-door has a 101.9-inch wheelbase and seats six, thanks to a center jump seat that allows three-abreast seating in the front seat. The 4-door has a 118.9-inch wheelbase and offers an optional third-row seat for up to seven passengers. The front-seat center jump seat is optional on the 4-door, but it can’t be combined with the third row. The base engine is a 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; a 395-hp turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter inline six with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system is also available. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive is standard.

The Defender is Land Rover’s most off-road-oriented SUV, with available features such as a 2-speed transfer case, Configurable Terrain Response, low-speed cruise control, height-adjustable suspension, a Wade Sensing system that monitors water depth, and a power winch. The infotainment system has over-the-air software update capability and includes 4G and 5G wi-fi hotspot capability. Available safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, rear camera mirror, adaptive cruise control, and drowsiness alert. The new Defender has big shoes to fill. It has to have the rugged, off-road persona of previous Land Rovers, but it also has to offer the comfort and convenience expected of a modern SUV. The Defender succeeds in its mission, although it isn’t cheap. Those who never leave pavement can find less expensive and more fuel-efficient vehicles. However, if your adventures regularly lead off the beaten path, the Defender is an accomplished off-roader that can also handle shopping trips in comfort.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 2-door, 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5-7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Land Rover
Nation of Manufacture Slovakia
Base Prices Defender 90 Base 4-cyl: $49,050
Defender 90 S 6-cyl: $52,450
Defender 90 X-Dynamic S 6-cyl: $60,850
Defender 90 X-Dynamic SE 6-cyl: $66,450
Defender 90 X-Dynamic HSE 6-cyl: $70,950
Defender 90 X 6-cyl: $84,850
Defender 90 V8: $98,550
Defender 90 V8 Carpathian Edition: $105,350
Defender 110 Base 4-cyl: $51,850
Defender 110 S 4-cyl: $55,350
Defender 110 SE 6-cyl: $66,450
Defender 110 X-Dynamic SE 6-cyl: $69,350
Defender 110 XS Edition 6-cyl: $73,250
Defender 110 X-Dynamic HSE 6-cyl: $73,850
Defender 110 X 6-cyl: $87,350
Defender 110 V8: $101,750
Defender 110 V8 Carpathian Edition: $108,550

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
296
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-21

Optional Engine
turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter six/electric motor
Horsepower
395
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

Optional Engine
supercharged 5.0-liter V8
Horsepower
518
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19

Land Rover Defender 110
2022 Land Rover Defender 110
Land Rover Defender 90
2022 Land Rover Defender 90
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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