Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Plenty of space up-front and in the rear
  • A 3.5-tonne towing capacity works well
  • Latest interior tech a massive step forward

How much space is there?

The Land Rover Defender is a big and boxy car. With the spare wheel attached to the back door, the Defender 110 it’s longer than all but the most luxurious executive cars at 5,018mm. As standard it’s a five-seater, although there’s space inside for up to seven people, if you go for the optional additional rear seats.

In a seven-seater Defender, those sitting in the middle row would have to slide their seats forward a little to balance out legroom for those behind them, but it’s not too tricky to juggle and cater for everyone on board. Headroom in all three rows is good, helping the 110 be far more accommodating than a Discovery Sport, for example. A regular Discovery is even better for seven, though.

Options include a roof tent and an inflatable waterproof awning, perfect for turning your Defender into a camper van. Expedition ‘roof rack’ and side ‘gear’ carrier further improve its adventurous spirit. Other functional features include a 3,500kg towing capacity and a static roof load of up to 300kg.

Boot space and storage

Defender customers frequently need a lot of space for their kit and clutter, and here the newcomer is generous. You get 646 litres to 2,380 litres in five- or six- seat mode, and 231-2,233 litres when the optional third-row seats are fitted. The optional front centre seat can be folded away for additional storage when it’s not required. It’s suitable for occasional use, and is a useful feature.

The plug-in hybrid model takes a practicality hit, however. The battery pack is placed below the boot floor and actually raises it slightly, so the option of a three-row seven seater has been removed for this model and boot volume with the rear seats up drops to 853 litres in five- or six-seat mode or up to 2,127 litres with the rear seats down.

You have plenty of cupholders and USB ports dotted everywhere, from the front seat backs to below the centre air vents. The front centre cubby box is huge, with the armrest lid flipping back a full 180 degrees acting as a tray for those in the middle row., while a lower tier tray on the front centre console is great for phones and storing items out of site.

Is it easy to park?

On the road, thanks to its boxy shape, good visibility and ample camera coverage, it’s easy to place and rarely feels as bulky as its dimensions imply. There’s plenty of glasswork and large door mirrors to aid visibility, but trying to get a clear view of what’s behind you can prove tricky, regardless of whether the rear seats are occupied or not.

The headrests need tilting down, while the door-mounted spare wheel can cover up the vehicle behind you, but once you get used to keeping an eye out with the help of those door mirrors – or even with the ClearSight rear-view mirror on higher-spec models – you get used to your boundaries quite quickly. All models also come with a 3D camera system to cover the whole vehicle and all-round parking sensors.

How big is it?

  All Land Rover Defender models
Length  4,758mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,996mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,105mm
Height  1,967mm

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Safety

  • Lots of cutting-edge equipment
  • Strong, basic design
  • Five-star rating from Euro NCAP

The new Defender is an enormously strong vehicle, and offers excellent crash safety, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The myriad stability and traction controls, the most advanced on any Jaguar or Land Rover, should help prevent accidents, and help contribute to a good showing in the test – not necessarily a given on an off-roader.

Features included are Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane-Keeping Assist and traffic-sign recognition is standard, while SE adds blind-spot warnings and a rear traffic monitor, along with an additional Isofix point upfront.

We found the standard LED headlights on lower-spec S models to be disappointing, with a low depth of light ahead of you and with a very short distance range. This might be expected on a low-slung sports car, but on a high-set SUV, you’d expect the units to be much more powerful. The matrix LED units on higher spec models are better in that regard.

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Land Rover Defender 110.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Heated seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels

Bond Edition equipment

Bond Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
Bond Edition optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels

Carpathian Edition equipment

Carpathian Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
Carpathian Edition optional equipment
None available

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
First Edition optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

HSE equipment

HSE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
HSE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
S optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

X equipment

X standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
X optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Remote locking

X-Dynamic HSE equipment

X-Dynamic HSE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
X-Dynamic HSE optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Steel wheels

X-Dynamic S equipment

X-Dynamic S standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
X-Dynamic S optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Steel wheels

X-Dynamic SE equipment

X-Dynamic SE standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
X-Dynamic SE optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Steel wheels

XS Edition equipment

XS Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
XS Edition optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Land Rover Defender 110 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2020
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 85%
Child Occupant: 85%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 79%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.