2020 Land Rover Defender vs. Jeep Wrangler
Already an icon in its own right, it’s difficult to dispute the world-renowned reputation of the Land Rover Defender as one of the globe’s most rugged vehicles. No other off-road vehicle is able to strike a balance between rugged performance capabilities and ergonomic comfort quite like the Defender. If you’re in the market for an off-road vehicle that’s packed with creature comforts and versatility, it’s only natural that the Defender has caught your attention. To help demonstrate how the Defender sets the benchmark for the segment, Land Rover Easton has assembled this head-to-head matchup against one of its top rivals — the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Which one will emerge with the victory? We have a feeling you’ll choose the Land Rover Defender once you see the results.
Land Rover Defender vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2020 Land Rover Defender 110
2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
|2.0-liter Turbo I4 (296 HP / 295 LB-FT TQ) ✓||Standard Engine||3.6-liter V6 (285 HP / 260 LB-FT TQ)|
|3.0-liter I6 MHEV (395 HP / 406 LB-FT TQ) ✓||Available Engine||2.0L Turbo I4 (270 HP / 295 LB-FT TQ)|
|8-Speed Automatic ✓||Transmission||6-Speed Manual|
|18 inches ✓||Wheel Size||17 inches|
|Power Recline 6-Way ✓||Front Seat Adjustability||Manual Recline 6-Way / 4-Way|
|Standard ✓||Remote Start System||Optional|
|Rain-Sensing / Variable Intermittent ✓||Windshield Wipers||Fixed Interval|
|Standard ✓||Navigation System||Optional|
|Standard ✓||Blind Spot Assist||Optional|
|360-Degree Camera ✓||Parking Sensors||Optional|
|LED ✓||Headlights/Brake Lights||Halogen|
|4 Years / 50,000 Miles ✓||Basic Warranty Coverage||3 Years / 36,000 Miles|
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In this comparison of two four-door off-road icons, the Land Rover Defender 110 goes up against the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Although you might notice a lower price tag for the Wrangler, a closer look at the details reveals that this is only a starting point for how much money you’ll eventually have to spend at Jeep to keep pace with Land Rover.
Looking at performance figures, the Defender handily outperforms the Wrangler in both horsepower and torque from its standard engine. Even if we equip both models with their optional engines, the Defender stretches this gap even further. While the Defender comes standard with an 8-speed automatic, Wrangler shoppers will have to shell out additional cash in order to upgrade from its basic 6-speed manual transmission. Larger 18-inch wheels give the Defender a more commanding stance as well.
Premium Standard Features
Just because you’re headed off-road doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice on comfort. That’s exactly why the Defender comes standard with power-reclining 6-way front seats. A standard remote start system ensures that you’ll always enter a cabin that’s set to your exact temperature preferences. Rain-sensing variable-speed windshield wipers provide clear visibility when the weather isn’t cooperating with your plans. Finally, a standard navigation system means that you’ll always reach your destination on time. In order to get all of these great features at Jeep, you’ll have to open up your wallet. Are you beginning to notice that the initial price gap between the two is closing rapidly? We’re not finished yet.
Safety & Peace of Mind
Even the most adventurous drivers can use a helping hand from time to time. Always looking out for the safety of you and your passengers, the Defender comes standard with a 360-degree parking camera and blind spot assist to alert you of potential danger you might otherwise miss. Once again, these great features are only available on the Wrangler as costly options. Standard LED headlights and brake lights on the Defender offer superior visibility in all weather conditions as well. Finally, Jeep cannot measure up to the confidence and peace of mind you’ll enjoy with the Land Rover 4-Year / 50,000-Mile basic warranty coverage included as standard on every Defender.
Winner – Land Rover Defender
Now that you’ve seen the results, the obvious winner of this competitive comparison is certainly the Land Rover Defender. By the time you equip the equivalent Wrangler Unlimited to try and match the premium standard features, safety, and impressive capabilities of the Defender — you’ll still come up short. Don’t compromise on performance and luxury by settling for a Wrangler. Visit Land Rover Easton today and see for yourself how the bold Defender continues to set the standard for off-road vehicles across the world.