Land Rover Defender 2020 Review | In India

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Land Rover Defender Overview

The Land Rover Defender is one of the absolute icons of the automotive world. And it’s been completely reimagined for 2020 and beyond. It is now on sale in India. And I’m going to run you through some of the many highlights of the ultimate Land Rover.

Before we get into the thick of things, you should know the defender is on sale in India in two versions. There are the three-door 90 deliveries of that start next year. And the five-door 110 that we have with us today. The 90 and 110 in their names is the approximate length of their wheelbase in inches. And is a carry forward of the old version’s naming system. So, what do we have here?

Land Rover Defender Exterior

First things first, could this be anything but a Defender. It is high off the ground. It’s got these massive go-anywhere tires. It’s got this upright a-pillar, the cliff-faced d-pillar, and a spare wheel mounted on the back. This is as true to DNA as they could have gotten. There’s more of that old meets new to the design too.

The overhangs are classically short, and it looks rugged from every angle. Even the circular DRL serves as a link to the originals round headlights. The metal inserts on the bonnet are a cool inclusion too. And the optional satin finish on this very defender’s Pangea green paint adds more charm as well. Flat surfaces and a thick c-pillar characterize the side. And you’ll like that the doors extend all the way down. They’ll save your trousers from getting mucky after a day of fun in the slush. 

Exterior Features

  • Black contrast roof
  • Sliding panoramic roof
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL
  • First Edition badge
  • Black Exterior Pack
  • Front fog lights
  • Keyless Entry

Also, note wheel options for India include 18 to 20-inch sizes. And there is also the option of classic white painted pressed steel rims. Look close, and you’ll note an interesting choice of tire on the defender. And don’t you love how these led elements link defenders old and new of the other things, would it even be a defender?

Land Rover Defender Rear

If it didn’t have this massive spare tire on the back and, of course, a side-hinged tailgate. You can also deck up your defender to your needs with a whole host of accessories.

  • Including a retractable tow hook
  • A ladder
  • And even a winch
  • There’s also the choice of four accessory packs

Not to get too geeky on you but, the Defender is a departure from the script under the skin. It’s not built on a ladder-frame chassis. But uses an aluminum-intensive monocoque in its construction.

Land Rover says the defender is three times stiffer than a body on frame model. There’s also independent suspension all around with coil springs. On certain versions of the 90 and standard air suspension on the 110. Full off-road height gives 291 millimeters of ground clearance. And a 28-degree ramp break-over angle. The defender 110’s off-road stats also include a 38-degree approach angle. A 40-degree departure angle. And a vading depth of 900 millimeters. Before you ask, here’s how those numbers stack up with those of the Mercedes-Benz G-class.

Land Rover Defender Interior

When it’s time to get in, you can lower the air suspension to excess height to ease the journey in. Now it’s quite a climb up into the defender’s cabin but hear this that’s the sound (thud) of an SUV that’s built for forever.

landroder defender Interior

And the seating, this view out it’s where you’d want to be on many journeys of discovery. Now, this is an expensive SUV, but this is also an SUV that takes the utility in its name very seriously.

Now, whatever you see in here, is here for a reason. There are no unnecessary embellishments. And even things like this crossbeam it’s a structural element of the car. And adds that robustness to the look and feel of things inside.

  • Exposed bolts 
  • and the beams on the dash only add to that look
  • wood veneer 

And the like would be at odds in this functional cabin. 

If, you’re the type who throws around stuff in your car. You’ll run out of stuff to throw in your defender. They’re so many small storage spaces all over the cabin. And what I like is that all these surfaces are finished with this non-slip rubber coating. This first edition version gets luxurious carpets, but you can also opt. For rubber mats. That is easy to clean after a muddy day out.

Land Rover Defender Infotainment 

In everyday use, you’ll take well to the new PiVi Pro infotainment system. It’s the latest from the Jaguar, Land Rover. And it is slick, the 10-inch touchscreen is very responsive. And the system is also future proof by way of over-the-air updates, and there’s more.

landroder defender dashboard, Infotainment

Infotainment

  • 25.4 cm (10) Pivi Pro with Interactive Driver Display
  • Smartphone Pack consisting of Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay®
  • Connected Navigation Pro
  • MeridianTM Sound System (380 W) with 10 speakers plus subwoofer

There’s a lot of clever techs that’s been packed in. Especially to do with visibility. Now, with as many as five seats in the back and a big spare tire on the tailgate. Now, You can’t see all that much from the rearview mirror. That’s where the clear side interior rearview mirror comes into the picture. And so click the switch, it activates the camera on top of the defender. And what you get is an unimpeded view of all that’s happening behind.

There’s also 360-degree cameras. Here so, you go to the screen, and you get an augmented reality image of your defender. And all the surroundings around and there’s even more when you go off-road. You have a clear side ground view in monitor. It relays the feed from the area, usually hidden by the bonnet straight.

Onto the touchscreen, if you happen to find yourself at a river crossing. Or more, realistically at a waterlogged road. There’s also a weight sensor that tells you the depth of the water around you.

Land Rover Defender Terrain Response 2

First edition models also get Land Rover’s terrain response 2 system. That features a new bed program that readies the defender for a swim. There are other selectable modes as well. And terrain response 2 also packs in an auto feature. That has the electronics gauge, the situation. And prime the throttle, gearbox, suspension systems, and more. 

Accordingly, the low range is standard fit on the defender. Here’s a quick look at all that you get on the range-topping defender 110.

FEATURES OF LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 FIRST EDITION

  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Powered front seats
  • Powered steering adjust
  • Digital dials
  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • Meridian sound system
  • 360-degree camera
  • Clearsight rearview mirror
  • Clearsight Ground View
  • Wade depth sensor
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Air suspension
  • Terrain Response 2
  • Low Range transfer case

Landrover Defender Varients 

In the first edition, there are five variants on offer. And there are other permutations and combinations too. Landrover also offers three configurations for the front seats. Now, this is the standard configuration. With this very usable and handy center console. With lots and lots of storage space scattered around. There’s one option without the center console altogether. And that allows you to walk through the cabin.

Landrover Defender 1st Row of Seats

Then you also have the option of having a center jump seat. That increases the seating capacity upfront to three. As for the seats at the back, there’s a lot of utility built into the defender’s middle row. As well now there’s not one, not two, not three, there are a total of six options to connect your mobile phone. Or other electric devices.

Landrover Defender 2nd Row of Seats

There’s also this accessory holder that is very thoughtfully. Put in the seats themselves are split 40 20 40 that also brings in a lot of flexibility. When you have to transport your luggage. Now the seat itself is quite comfy and moves a fair bit back to free up more room. 

If there’s something I’d like to bring up, it’s that the recline angle. It is a bit limited by how much you can adjust it continuing. On the topic of seating configuration options.

Landrover Defender 3rd Row of Seats

Defender 110s are available with the option of a third row of seats. But land rover very carefully does not call this a seven-seater. It calls it a five-plus two. The fact is these seats are not meant for adults, as is quite evident by my seating position. I’d say children up to the age of 10 might be comfortable here.

Now the defining feature for me at the very back of the defender is these alkaline windows. Now what they do is give you a good look at the peaks you might be headed to on that family vacation. Or perhaps even allow you to make eye contact with elephants on a safari.

landroder Defender Seats, row of seats

Landrover Defender Boot

There’s a reasonable room in the boot. With all seats up folding, them down reveals a much more usable space. And you even have the option to fold the second-row seats.

If you aren’t one to pack light, loading is made easier with the option to lower the rear suspension. And again, the no-slip material for the trunk floor is handy, shifting focus to the other end of the defender.

Landrover Defender Engine Specs

What’s under the hood? The defender is on sale with a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine. That makes 300 horsepower and 400-newton meters. 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engines come to India next year. And plug-in hybrids are also part of the long-term plan. An 8-speed automatic is a sole gearbox on offer.

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Landrover Defender Prices

So, how much will a land rover defender cost you? prices start at 73.98 lakh rupees for the defender 90. while the 110 range starts at 79.94 lakh rupees.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER [ex-showroom]

VariantsDefender 90Defender 110
StandardRs 73.98 lakhRs 79.94 lakh
SRs 77.37 lakhRs 83.36 lakh
SERs 79.94 lakhRs 86.64 lakh
HSERs 83.91 lakhRs 90.46 lakh
First EditionRs 84.63 lakhRs 89.63 lakh

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Well-spec defenders do get pricey, but for adventurers, this could be all the SUV they ever need. What do you think of the defender? Let us know in the comment section below.

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