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Should You Buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender 110?

The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender blurs luxury, design, capability, and performance lines in an irresistible package


  • Pricing for the 110 starts at $65,300 in Canada, $50,500 in the US.

  • This new SUV is the icon of icons.

  • Its abilities and refinement are extraordinary.


The Land Rover Defender is an SUV that doesn’t need an introduction. The trucks that created the legend all but spawned a brand unto its own. Everybody recognizes the Defender and this fact alone must have posed a considerable challenge to designers.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The resulting SUV is an impressive piece of kit. Unlike previous iterations of the go-anywhere do-anything truck, the new Land Rover Defender merges with its capabilities a level of refinement and technology that has never been seen before in this series.

By doing so, more than ever, Land Rover has positioned the Defender in the Audi Q7 and Q8, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and a few other’s crosshairs. Quite frankly, the Defender has put all of its would-be competitors on notice. There is literally nothing all of these pricey premium luxury SUVs can do that the Land Rover cannot. To be clear, we’re excluding the likes of the RS Q8 and X5 M.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

With so promise, praise, and a posh new outlook, should the new 2020 Land Rover Defender find itself at the top of your shopping list? Let’s dig a little deeper.


Why you should buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender 110:

  • The new Defender, be it the 90 or the 100, is alarmingly attractive. It blends past styling cues with the modern Land- and Range Rover design elements. The truck has never looked more premium.
  • Its legendary capabilities remain intact. With the Terrain Response system, and available off-road packages, there is nowhere the Defender cannot go. Even in their wildest dreams, the SUVs noted above could not keep up with the Land Rover.
  • About off-roading, the Defender’s standard electronic air suspension can deliver up to 11.5 inches of ground clearance, 35.4 inches of wadding depth, all the while maintaining an exceptionally high level of on-road comfort.
  • This SUV is actually really good to drive. The impression is that of a cosseting gentle giant that can throw down whenever required.
  • The Defender is spacious, extremely comfortable, and loaded with luxury. The materials, standard and optional, are either novel and cool or very high-end. The dashboard is a wonderful interpretation of the old trucks’ configuration.
  • The standard 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and available 12.3-inch digital cockpit, and numerous other features are all welcomed premium touches.
  • With the P400 powertrain, the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-6 cylinder engine with mild-hybrid technology is surprisingly powerful. The generated 395 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque pull and push the otherwise large and heavy SUV to speed briskly.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why you should not buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender 110:

  • Our initial time with the Land Rover Defender did not come without “bugs”. At one point, the door locks would not function and a “low coolant” warning light came on. This brings up the brand’s equally legendary reputation of questionable reliability.
  • For this reason alone, I would at the very least delay picking one up until the end of 2021.
  • The same 10-inch display’s layout and menus are small and not entirely intuitive to operate.
  • Options, although exactly that, can rapidly increase the SUV’s price if one is not careful. As tested, our unit retailed for over $90,000, from $65,000…
  • The rear side-opening tailgate can prove to be an issue in tight parking situations.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Conclusion:

The all-new Land Rover Defender is perfect in nearly every way. JLR designers created a true-to-form modern interpretation of an icon and it is very desirable. It can be configured in numerous ways starting with the most basic $59,700 2-door 90 all the way to the 4-door 110 Defender X that will fetch over $100,000 with a few options. This truck can be truly customized.

For all the right reasons, it’s incredibly easy to fall for the Defender’s irrefutable charm. And for those for whom true off-roading capabilities are an actual purchase criteria, there are few alternatives at this level. The Lexus GX and LX are alternatives, and with the sole exception that they are reliable because they are from a bygone era, the Defender will crush them on-road and in every technological way.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Even among Land Rover and Range Rover’s extensive portfolio of SUVs, including the Discovery and the Big Rover, the Defender is by far the most alluring. Finally, for everything that might go wrong with it, it’s still an incredibly cool SUV and we want one.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 P400 SE | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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