2021 Land Rover Defender

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Land Rover Defender highlights

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  • Robust off-road capabilities
  • Abundance of customization options
  • Smooth and refined ride


  • Learning curve for interior controls
  • Swing-out tailgate hinders curb access
  • Finicky voice command system

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 20 highway, 18 combined

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All Land Rover Defender years

What is new for the 2021 Land Rover Defender?

  • The Defender is available in a variety of new trims, including the 110 X-Dynamic HSE, 110 X-Dynamic SE, 90, 90 S, 90 X, and 90 X-Dynamic S.
  • The HSE and SE trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • The 110 X trim now comes with Leather Seats as standard equipment.
  • The 110 S trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The 110 trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2021 Land Rover Defender trims

Curious how Land Rover Defender trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

First Edition:


  • Includes all features available on the First Edition
  • No significant upgrades found on the SE


  • Includes all features available on the SE
  • 296-hp, 295-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Satellite Radio Ready

90 S:

90 X:

  • Includes all features available on the 90 S
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • A/C Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Head Up Display

90 X-Dynamic S:

  • Includes all features available on the 90 X
  • No significant upgrades found on the 90 X-Dynamic S


110 S:

110 SE:

110 X-Dynamic SE:

110 X-Dynamic HSE:

110 X:

  • Includes all features available on the 110 X-Dynamic HSE
  • No significant upgrades found on the 110 X

5 reasons to buy the 2021 Land Rover Defender

1. Ideal off-roader

If you're looking for a true standout in the off-roading world, look no further than the 2021 Land Rover Defender. As standard, the 2021 Land Rover Defender features hill descent control, a terrain response system, an off-road front-view camera, and wade-sensing capabilities. Alongside those, there are upgrade options such as all-terrain speed control, a raised air intake snorkel, and an advanced Terrain Response® system. This allows drivers to set up to four custom modes matching different terrains, or allow Terrain Response to recognize the terrain and adjust automatically.

2. Strong engine performance

A powerful-looking SUV with serious off-roading skills needs a hefty engine to run it. As standard, the 2021 Land Rover Defender comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine achieving 296 hp, which is more than enough for your average off-road weekend away or other everyday use. However, if you need more bang for your buck, the higher trims (90 X-Dynamic S and above for two-door models, 110 SE and above for four-door models) come with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine offering 395 hp.

3. Numerous driver aids

With great power comes great responsibility. For the peace of mind of the 2021 Land Rover Defender's driver and passengers, this SUV comes with plenty of features that make life easier for everybody involved. Standard driver aids include things that enhance visibility, like a rearview camera, surround-view parking camera system, and blind spot monitoring, as well as alerts like forward collision warning and pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking. There's also driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition with every trim of the 2021 Land Rover Defender.

4. Striking looks

The 2021 Land Rover Defender is an attractive SUV, and something of an icon when it comes to that highly recognizable shape and size. The angular, squared-off proportions give it serious personality and gravitas, while upright front and rear elevations give a nod to its practicality. The whole look of the 2021 Land Rover Defender is purposeful and grounded, right down to the sculpted grille and raised hood. Plus, it comes in a range of sophisticated metallic paint tones, including Tasman Blue Metallic, Yulong White Metallic, and Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic. The base, S, and X trims of the 2021 Land Rover Defender are available in two- or four-door configurations, while other trims feature one or the other, so keep an eye out for the specs that fit the needs of you and your crew.

5. Simple infotainment

The infotainment side of the 2021 Land Rover Defender is easy-to-use and crystal clear. Land Rover's infotainment touchscreen ensures that almost everything is accessible with only one or two taps from the home screen. The touchscreen's clear menu structure makes it easy to find what you're looking for and easy to navigate between functions. The standard 10-inch touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity meaning it's simple and familiar, and make it easy to soundtrack each drive or call your loved ones handsfree. Plus, the system includes navigation, HD radio, and a six-speaker stereo for all the entertainment you could want on your journey. The four-door SE trim upgrades the stereo to 10 speakers, or for optimum sound quality, there are 14 speakers in the X trim.

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Land Rover Defender features and specs

90 X-Dynamic S 4WD/AWD 2D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Meridian Audio
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Four Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 39"/R 36.6"

Head room

F 40.6"/R 40.4"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

820/8201 lbs.



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