2020 Land Rover Defender vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler

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Safety

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The Defender has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Defender’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Defender has a standard 3D Surround Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Wrangler only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Defender’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Defender uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Wrangler uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

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

Warranty

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The Defender comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Wrangler’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Defender’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Wrangler’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Defender P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 26 more horsepower (296 vs. 270) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Defender P300’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (296 vs. 285) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Defender P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid produces 110 more horsepower (395 vs. 285) and 146 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Defender 90’s standard fuel tank has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (23.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Defender 110’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 4-door’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 21.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Land Rover Defender comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Wrangler.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Defender P300

Defender P400

Wrangler

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

The Defender’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Defender has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (255/70R18 vs. 245/75R17).

The Defender’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Defender’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Defender has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler Sport. The Defender’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Wrangler Sahara.

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Rover Defender’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Defender’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Defender has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Jeep Wrangler has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

The Defender has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Wrangler’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Defender has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Defender 90’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2-door (101.9 inches vs. 96.8 inches). The Defender’s wheelbase is .6 inches longer than on the Wrangler 4-door (119 inches vs. 118.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Defender is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Wrangler.

For greater off-road capability the Defender has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Wrangler Sport 2-door (11.5 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the Defender to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Defender’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door (11.5 vs. 10.8 inches).

Chassis

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Unibody construction lowers the Defender’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Wrangler uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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The Defender 110 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Wrangler 4-door can only carry up to 5.

The Defender 110 has 5.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.

Cargo Capacity

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

Defender

Wrangler

Third Seat Folded

34 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

31.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

78.8 cubic feet

72.4 cubic feet

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

Defender 90

Defender 110

Wrangler

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

18.1”/51.7”

11.4”/35.4”/70.4”

37”/65.8”

Max Width

46.8”

46.7”

42”

Min Width

44.3”

45.7”

39.5”

Height

31.2”

35.6”

30”

The Defender’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Payload and Towing

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The Defender’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Wrangler’s (7716 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Wrangler 4-door is only 3500 pounds. The Defender offers up to a 8201 lbs. towing capacity.

The Defender has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Wrangler (1676 vs. 1233 lbs.).

The Defender has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Wrangler (1984 vs. 1351 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Defender SE/HSE/X, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Defender (except Base/S/SE) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Defender’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Wrangler has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Defender’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Defender’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

The Defender’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Defender’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Wrangler’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Defender has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Defender S/SE/HSE/X/First Edition detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Defender has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Defender’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep only offers heated mirrors on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Defender’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Wrangler offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Defender and the Wrangler offer available heated front seats. The Defender also offers optional heated second and third row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Wrangler.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Defender has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Wrangler.

Both the Defender and the Wrangler offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Defender has available rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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. The Wrangler doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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