2022 Land Rover Defender

 The 2022 Land Rover Defender may resemble the original from the 1950s, but it is a completely modern, high-tech off-roader with distinct curb appeal. There are three engines available: a turbocharged four-cylinder, a turbo-and-supercharged six-cylinder, and a supercharged V-8, all with four-wheel drive as standard.

2022 Land Rover Defender

 The Defender is available in two-door 90 and four-door 110 body styles, and advanced off-roading equipment, such as adjustable air suspension and locking differentials, is standard on all models. There aren't many SUVs as capable as the Defender, and they're mostly from Land Rover. Some may consider the Jeep Wrangler to be a more affordable alternative, but the Defender outperforms it in terms of on-road refinement and available luxury appointments.

2022 Land Rover Defender Price

The 2022 Land Rover Defender starts at $47,700 for the two-door short-wheelbase model and $50,500 for the four-door model. The two-door Defender X starts at $83,500, while the four-door Defender X starts at $86,000.

The all-new Defender V8 models are even more expensive: The two-door Defender will cost between $102,200 and $109,000, while the four-door V8 Defender will cost between $105,400 and $112,200.

2022 Land Rover Defender Engine

The 2022 Defender is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all models have four-wheel drive and locking differentials to help them navigate treacherous terrain. The Defender also comes with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with an electric supercharger and a 48-volt hybrid system. Buyers seeking more power can opt for the 518-hp supercharged V-8, which we estimate will propel the Defender to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

The Defender, unlike its predecessor, has a unibody construction rather than a body-on-frame setup, and it replaces the old solid axles with a fully independent suspension. The standard suspension is made up of coil springs, but it can be upgraded to include air springs that allow for adjustable ride height. The Defender has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and can ford 35 inches of water, outperforming both the Jeep Wrangler's maximum clearance and wading ability.

2022 Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender Fuel

Regardless of what's under the hood, the EPA's fuel economy ratings for the various Defender models are fairly similar. The 90 model with the four-cylinder engine gets 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. With the six-cylinder engine, the city rating of the 90 drops to 17 mpg, but the highway rating rises to 22 mpg. The 110 model with a six-cylinder engine has the same estimates as the 90 model with a six-cylinder engine. The EPA has not yet released fuel economy figures for the new V-8 model. A Defender 110X with the optional six-cylinder powertrain returned a disappointing 18 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route.

2022 Land Rover Defender Interior

The Land Rover Defender's interior balances premium and utilitarian elements, with just enough design cues from the rest of the Land Rover lineup to make those familiar with the brand feel right at home. Exposed rivets in the door panels lend a rugged appearance, and a magnesium beam that runs the entire width of the dashboard isn't just for show—also it's structural. A trapezoidal extension of the dashboard beneath the infotainment display houses the climate-control system and driving mode buttons and switches.

Instead of the centre console, the shift lever and ignition switch are mounted on this centre stack. The centre console in some models can be flipped back to create a jump seat between the driver and passenger, similar to a three-across bench in some full-size pickup trucks. Cargo space behind the rear seat is limited, but comparable to rival off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler; the rear seats can be folded to open up a much larger cargo bay, but those looking to haul people and gear should consider the larger Land Rover Discovery or invest in a roof-top cargo carrier.

2022 Land Rover Defender Infotainment 

The Land Rover Defender's dashboard features a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs Land Rover's new Pivi Pro interface; a larger 11.4-inch display is optional. In comparison to the rest of the Land Rover lineup's Touch Pro Duo interface, the Defender's system uses a single touchscreen rather than two, provides faster response times, and can handle over-the-air software updates for future releases. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are an in-dash navigation system, a six-speaker stereo, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Meridian stereo systems with 10 and 14 speakers are available as options, and buyers of higher-end Defenders get a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display.

2022 Land Rover Defender Safety 

The Rover has several unique systems tailored for off-roading and towing among the slew of available driver-assistance technology. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites for more information on the Defender's crash-test results. The following are important safety features:

2022 Land Rover Defender

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard.

Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.

Adaptive cruise control is available.

2022 Land Rover Defender Warranty 

The Defender, like its stablemates, will come with a standard warranty package that lasts four years or 50,000 miles. The Lexus GX, a similarly opulent off-roader, provides more value here with a six-year powertrain warranty and a year of complimentary maintenance.

The limited warranty period is four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for four years or 50,000 miles.

There is no free scheduled maintenance.