Land Rover Defender 2023 Reviews, Prices and Specifications

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For years, the Land Rover Defender was Britain’s answer to the rugged American Jeep, but with the latest generation luxury brand has been engineered to be more comfortable to go with off-roader capabilities to go anywhere. Two- and four-door body styles are offered with a comfortable and practical cabin, modern infotainment and technology features, as well as a signature style that evokes the respected Defenders of yesteryear. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine was standard, and more powerful in-line six and V-8 engines were available; all Defenders come standard with all-wheel drive. From there, buyers are offered many things advanced off-road equipment, including a locking differential, height-adjustable air suspension, and a special mode for wading through deep water. But the biggest benefit of the new-generation Defender setup is its superior road-driving behavior, which gives it a smoothness level that rivals rivals such as Jeep Wranglers and Lexus GX can’t match.

What’s New for 2023?

A Variant defender 130 joining the lineup this year, with a body lengthened to fit the third row of seats, increasing the total passenger capacity to eight riders. The new 130 model is available in an exclusive Sedona Red exterior color option and comes with desirable standard features that were optional on the 90 and 110 models, including a larger 11.4-inch infotainment screen. Otherwise, Defender will be largely unchanged until 2023, except now that the Pivi Pro infotainment system comes standard with Amazon Alexa integration. A 30th Anniversary Edition Model will also be offered in limited quantities. Only 500 would be built and they were based on the four-door 110 model and powered by a 296 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. They are dressed in white with steel wheels. The second anniversary edition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Land Rover brand. The so-called 75th Limited Edition comes with Grasmere Green paintwork, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a cloth sunroof and a P400 six-cylinder powertrain. The Trophy Edition model returns for the 2023 model year, this time based on the two-door Defender 90. Only 250 will be produced and all come with the opportunity to compete in Land Rover’s annual Defender Trophy competition; only 90 applicants will be selected.

Price and Which One to Buy






X-Dynamic SE


30th Anniversary Edition




75th Limited Edition


Cup Edition






While we like the look of the two-door 90 models, the four-door 110 and 130 models are more practical for most buyers. That the base powertrain of the P300—a 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder —seems fresh enough for everyday driving, so we’ll stick with it; those planning to tackle serious off-road trails might find the optional six-cylinder or V-8 engine a better option. We recommend the SE trim level because it adds a number of desirable features to the Defender’s spec sheet, including 19-inch aluminum wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a digital gauge display. Land Rover Offers several accessory packs, each of which complements Defenders with specially themed features. There is also a set of personalization options available, but we’ll leave the customization up to you.

Engine, Transmission and Performance

The Defender is powered by a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, every model features four-wheel drive and a locking differential to navigate treacherous terrain. The Defender is also available with a 3.0-liter inline-six that uses an electric supercharger and a 48-volt hybrid system. The long-wheelbase 130 model we tested with this powertrain sprinted to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Buyers looking for added performance can opt for the 518-hp supercharged V-8, which accelerated the Defender from 90 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds in our test. Unlike its predecessor, the Defender has a unibody construction versus a body-on-frame arrangement, and replaces the old solid axles with a fully independent suspension. Basic suspension uses coil springs, but can be improved with air suspension which allows for an adjustable ride height. The Defender has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and 35 inches of water wading capability, which exceeds both. owned by the Jeep Wrangler maximum clearance and wading ability.

Real World Fuel and MPG Savings

The EPA’s fuel economy ratings for the various Defender models are similar regardless of what’s under the hood. The 90-cylinder model received a city rating of 18 mpg and a highway of 21. Upgraded to the six-cylinder engine and the 90s city rating dropped to 17 mpg but the highway rating increased to 23. The 110 model with a six-cylinder engine had the same estimates as the six-cylinder 90, but old-wheelbase 130 is rated for 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway with the six-cylinder. The V-8 variant of the 110 is rated for 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway; The 90 with the V-8 is good for 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. On our 75 mph highway fuel-efficient route, The Defender 110X with the optional six-cylinder powertrain produces a disappointing 18 mpg; the 130 model only managed 19 mpg in the same test. For more information on Defender fuel economy, visit EPA website.

Interior, Comfort and Cargo

The Defender’s cabin walks the line between premium and utilitarian, with enough design cues from the rest of the Land Rover range to make those familiar with the brand feel right at home. Open rivets in the door panels add to the rugged look, and the magnesium beam that runs across the width of the dashboard isn’t strictly cosmetic—it’s also structural. Below the infotainment display, the dashboard’s trapezoidal extension provides space for buttons and switches for the climate control system and driving modes. The shift lever and ignition switch are also mounted on this center stack instead of the center console. On some models, the center console can be rotated backwards to create a jump seat between driver and passenger, similar to the triple seater on some full-size pickup trucks. Cargo space behind the rear seats on the 90 and 110 models is limited, but on par with off-roader rivals like the Wrangler; the rear seats can be folded to reveal a much larger cargo space but those looking to haul people and equipment may want to look at the larger Land Rover Discovery or invest in a rooftop cargo hauler. The longer 130 model offers additional cargo space with third row storage, but when in use there isn’t much room for equipment.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Defender’s dashboard uses a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs a new interface for Land Rover called Pivi Pro; a larger 11.4-inch display is optional. Compared to the Touch Pro Duo interface of other Land Rover lineups, the Defender system relies on a single touch screen instead of two, offers a faster response time, and can handle over-the-air software updates for future releases. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is an in-dash navigation system, six-speaker stereo, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Both the Meridian 10 and 14 speaker stereo systems are optional features and buyers of the high-end Defender receive a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Among the many available driver assistance technology, Rover has several unique systems adapted for off-roading and towing. For more information on Defender crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure alerts with lane maintenance assistance
  • Adaptive cruise control is available

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Like its counterpart, the Defender will come with a standard warranty package that lasts four years or 50,000 miles. That Lexus GXa similar luxury off-roader, offers more value here in the form of a six-year powertrain warranty and one year of free maintenance.

  • The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • No free scheduled maintenance



2023 Land Rover Defender 130 First Edition
Vehicle Type: front engine, 4 wheel drive, 8 passenger carriage, 4 doors

Basic/As Tested: $86,175/$92,075

supercharged, turbocharged, and DOHC 24-valve inline-6 ​​intercooler, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 inches32996 cm3
Power: 395 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

8 speed automatic

Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.3-inch vented disc/13.8-inch vented disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX
HL275/45R-22 115W M+S LR

Wheelbase: 119.0 in
Length: 210.9 inches
Width: 79.1 inches
Height: 77.6 inches
Cargo Volume, Rear F/M/R: 81/44/14 ft3
Restraint Weight: 5931 lb

60 mph: 6.2 seconds
1/4-Mile: 14.6 sec @ 97 mph
100 mph: 15.7 seconds
130 mph: 33.6 seconds

The above result removes 1 foot launch from 0.4 seconds.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.9 seconds
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top Speed ​​(gov ltd): 131 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
Road hold, 300 ft Skidpad: 0.71 g

Driving on the Highway 75 mph: 19 mpg
75 mph Highway Range: 370 miles

Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/21 mpg


2020 Land Rover Defender 110 SE

front engine, 4 wheel drive, 7 passenger carriage, 4 doors

$82,575 (base price: $63,600)

supercharged, turbocharged, and inline-6 ​​intercoolers; aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

183 in32996 cm3

395 hp @ 5500 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

8 speed automatic

Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 14.3 inch vented disc/13.8 inch ventilated disc
Tires: Wrangler Goodyear All Terrain Adventure, 255/60R-20 113H M+S LR

Wheelbase: 119.0 in
Length: 197.6 inches
Width: 78.6 inches
Height: 80.6 inches
Passenger volume: 132 feet3
Cargo volume: 11 feet3
Curb weight: 5773 lb

60 mph: 6.3 seconds
100 mph: 17.3 seconds
120 mph: 33.9 seconds
The above result removes 1 foot launch from 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.0 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
1/4 mile: 14.8 seconds @ 94 mph
Top speed (limited governor): 120 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 204 ft
Road holding, 300 ft diameter skidpad: 0.70

Observed: 15 mpg

Combined/city/highway: 19/17/22 mpg

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