2020 Land Rover Defender 110 first drive review: Off-rad chops meets modern tech
“The 2020 Land Rover Defender combines old-school ruggedness with modern refinement.”
- Impressive off-road capability
- Drives like a car, not an SUV
- Well-designed interior
- Useful tech
- Vague steering
- Fussy touchscreen
Modern Land Rover is defined by SUVs that combine luxury with off-road capability, vehicles that, despite their mud-plugging abilities, are typically compared to the likes of Mercedes-Benz. It wasn’t always this way.
When Land Rover launched in 1948, it made simple, rugged vehicles aimed more at farmers, explorers, and soldiers than wealthy suburbanites. Those early Land Rovers were Britain’s answer to Jeep, not Mercedes. As Land Rover drifted further into luxury, the Defender became the last reminder of the brand’s origins. Until it went out of production in 2016, that is (United States sales ceased in 1997).
Fans loved the original Defender because it existed in a time