2020 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2020 Land Rover Defender

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Wrangler are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Defender doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Wrangler and the Defender have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Wrangler 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Defender. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Defender ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 13 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Wrangler’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Wrangler has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Defender’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Wrangler’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 295) than the Defender P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Wrangler’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 406) than the Defender P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Wrangler 2.0 Turbo/3.6 eTorque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Defender doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Wrangler Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Defender doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Wrangler uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The Defender requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Wrangler offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Defender doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Wrangler Rubicon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Defender (285/70R17 vs. 275/45R22).

Suspension and Handling

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The Wrangler Rubicon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Defender doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 4-door’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Defender 110’s (39.4 feet vs. 42.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Jeep Wrangler may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Land Rover Defender.

The Wrangler 4-door is 9.2 inches shorter than the Defender, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Wrangler is 5 inches narrower on average than the Defender, making the Wrangler easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The Wrangler 4-door has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom and 1.3 inches more rear headroom than the Defender 110.

Towing

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The Wrangler can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Wrangler can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Defender can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Wrangler has standard extendable sun visors. The Defender doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Wrangler’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Defender’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend selected the Wrangler as their 2019 Sport Utility of the Year. The Defender has never been chosen.

The Wrangler was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2012 4x4 of the Year. The Defender has never been chosen.

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