2022 Land Rover Defender

2022 Defender Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
8.5

The Land Rover Defender provides everything you'd hope for in a modern Land Rover: superlative off-road capability, surprisingly plush on-road demeanor, abundant interior space and abundant character. The base four-cylinder is likely all you'll need and lower trim levels provide more than enough equipment.

Industry
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The 2022 Land Rover Defender is proof that you can have a super-capable off-road vehicle on the trails without getting beat up on the morning commute. All it takes is money, and even though the Defender starts at a higher price point than the Wrangler, Bronco and 4Runner, all of those models can creep right into the Land Rover’s territory with options. None are graced with the same refined road manners as the Land Rover, however. You pay more, but you're also getting a more comfortable ride, a much quieter cabin and superior on-road handling. At the same time, it's still a beast off road. Land Rover truly toed the line between rugged and luxurious with the new Defender, right down to its unique styling. Rather than recreating the look of its iconic predecessor, the Defender's more modern look is in keeping with its overall personality that fully embraces modern design and technology. You can have one in numerous configurations, whether it be the two-door Defender 90 or four-door Defender 110 model. Land Rover offers up a plethora of engine choices, too, including the base four-cylinder turbo, a mild-hybrid inline-six and the new-for-2022 supercharged V8. You can spec unique seating arrangements like the quirky but fun three-across front seat, or the nearly-useless third row. Plus, the ability to accessorize to fit your use after the fact is practically just limited by your imagination. Utility is king with the Defender. Just start looking around the interior, and you’ll find all sorts of thoughtful touches like the massive abundance of storage locations, rubberized floors/seatbacks, exposed paint and bolts throughout, porthole-like windows in back and thoughtful materials use everywhere. It’s a seriously impressive effort from Land Rover, and it makes a great case for itself in the $50,000-$60,000 price bracket. It’s a bit less enticing at the top end as it starts competing with high-lux Range Rovers, but fully loaded, it could pass as a budget G-Wagen.  What's new for 2022? Land Rover adds a V8 option for both the 90 and 110 this year that gives the Defender 518 horsepower. New trim levels and special editions also jump aboard for 2022, including a V8 Carpathian Edition to serve as the flagship model. The 90 adds new X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE trims, while the 110 adds an XS Edition and plenty of extra appearance packages to go with. One tech update hits the Defender, too, as Land Rover is making its bigger 11.4-inch screen (below left) optional in place of the standard 10-inch screen. The new, larger screen is much taller than the old one, though, and Land Rover says it offers 60% more screen real estate. What are the Defender's interior and in-car technology like? With its bold horizontal lines, metal trim, rubber flooring, numerous grab handles and bins galore, the Defender's cabin has an undeniably rugged and functional vibe. Certainly more so than any other Land Rover today. However, it may be rugged in appearance, but the materials used are …
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The 2022 Land Rover Defender is proof that you can have a super-capable off-road vehicle on the trails without getting beat up on the morning commute. All it takes is money, and even though the Defender starts at a higher price point than the Wrangler, Bronco and 4Runner, all of those models can creep right into the Land Rover’s territory with options. None are graced with the same refined road manners as the Land Rover, however. You pay more, but you're also getting a more comfortable ride, a much quieter cabin and superior on-road handling. At the same time, it's still a beast off road. Land Rover truly toed the line between rugged and luxurious with the new Defender, right down to its unique styling. Rather than recreating the look of its iconic predecessor, the Defender's more modern look is in keeping with its overall personality that fully embraces modern design and technology. You can have one in numerous configurations, whether it be the two-door Defender 90 or four-door Defender 110 model. Land Rover offers up a plethora of engine choices, too, including the base four-cylinder turbo, a mild-hybrid inline-six and the new-for-2022 supercharged V8. You can spec unique seating arrangements like the quirky but fun three-across front seat, or the nearly-useless third row. Plus, the ability to accessorize to fit your use after the fact is practically just limited by your imagination. Utility is king with the Defender. Just start looking around the interior, and you’ll find all sorts of thoughtful touches like the massive abundance of storage locations, rubberized floors/seatbacks, exposed paint and bolts throughout, porthole-like windows in back and thoughtful materials use everywhere. It’s a seriously impressive effort from Land Rover, and it makes a great case for itself in the $50,000-$60,000 price bracket. It’s a bit less enticing at the top end as it starts competing with high-lux Range Rovers, but fully loaded, it could pass as a budget G-Wagen.  What's new for 2022? Land Rover adds a V8 option for both the 90 and 110 this year that gives the Defender 518 horsepower. New trim levels and special editions also jump aboard for 2022, including a V8 Carpathian Edition to serve as the flagship model. The 90 adds new X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE trims, while the 110 adds an XS Edition and plenty of extra appearance packages to go with. One tech update hits the Defender, too, as Land Rover is making its bigger 11.4-inch screen (below left) optional in place of the standard 10-inch screen. The new, larger screen is much taller than the old one, though, and Land Rover says it offers 60% more screen real estate. What are the Defender's interior and in-car technology like? With its bold horizontal lines, metal trim, rubber flooring, numerous grab handles and bins galore, the Defender's cabin has an undeniably rugged and functional vibe. Certainly more so than any other Land Rover today. However, it may be rugged in appearance, but the materials used are …
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Retail Price

$48,700 - $114,400 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine , 2.0L I-4, 5.0L V-8
MPG Up to 18 city / 22 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 296 - 518 hp
Drivetrain Terrain Response 2 w/All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) four-wheel, Terrain Response four-wheel
Curb Weight 4,550 - 5,735 lbs
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