2020 Land Rover Defender vs. 2020 BMW X3

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Defender. But it costs extra on the X3.

Both the Defender and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear cross-path warning.

The Land Rover Defender weighs 498 to 1234 pounds more than the BMW X3. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

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The Defender P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 48 more horsepower (296 vs. 248) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X3 s/xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Defender P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid produces 40 more horsepower (395 vs. 355) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 369) than the X3 M40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Defender 90’s standard fuel tank has 6.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3’s standard fuel tank (23.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Defender 110’s standard fuel tank has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 M40i’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 17.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Defender’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

Defender P300

Defender P400

X3

X3 M40i

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13 inches

13.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Defender has larger standard tires than the X3 (255/70R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Defender’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (275/45R22 vs. 245/45R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Defender offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Defender has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X3; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Defender uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the X3, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Defender’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the X3 (119 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Defender is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X3.

For better maneuverability, the Defender 90’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the X3 xDrive30i’s (37 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Defender has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (11.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Defender to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Defender 110 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X3 can only carry 5. The Defender 90 offers optional seating for 6.

Cargo Capacity

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The Defender 110’s cargo area provides more volume than the X3.

Defender

X3

Third Seat Folded

34 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

28.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

78.8 cubic feet

62.7 cubic feet

The Defender’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

Defender 90

Defender 110

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

18.1”/51.7”

11.4”/35.4”/70.4”

36.5”/69”

Max Width

46.8”

46.7”

47”

Min Width

44.3”

45.7”

43.3”

Height

31.2”

35.6”

30.1”

Payload and Towing

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The Defender’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X3’s (7716 vs. 4400 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the BMW X3 is only 4400 pounds. The Defender offers up to a 8201 lbs. towing capacity.

The Defender has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X3 (1676 vs. 893 lbs.).

The Defender has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X3 (1984 vs. 915 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Defender to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Defender offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Defender’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Land Rover Defender has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the X3.

The Defender offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Land Rover Defender comes in two door and four door bodystyles; the BMW X3 isn’t available as a two door.

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