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Land Rover Defender 90 Compact SUV (L663)

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Product Overview

The L663 Land Rover Defender 90 is the shorter, three-door version of the mid-size Defender 110. Currently, it is one of the most compact SUVs equipped with a V8 engine, which in this case is aided with a supercharger. As the new Range Rover is moving to BMW-sourced turbo V8, this is one of the last chance to get the beloved JLR Supercharged V8s.
Land Rover has ensured that the Defender remains their most offroad-worthy vehicle. This starts with the 2-speed transfer case with low range gears in a true 4x4 drivetrain layout. The L663 Defender's suspension afford the vehicle more suspension travel than traditional multi-link setup; on the Defender 90, air suspension is optional, while coil springs are standard.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Supercharged V8 is now available
  • Clean and modern exterior
  • Great offroad capability
Cons
  • Reputation for poor reliability
  • Too many electronics

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Specifications

Variants:
D4H
P4
P6
V8

Chassis

Chassis Type
Unibody
Offroad | Approach Angle
31 deg
Offroad | Breakover Angle
25 deg
Offroad | Departure Angle
37.9 deg
Suspension | Front
Short- and long-arms
Suspension | Rear
Integral link
Turning Circle
11.3 m

Construction

Body Style
Mid-size SUV
Platform
D7x

Dimensions

Size | Height
1974 mm
Size | Length
4583 mm
Size | Width
2008 mm
Weight
2140 - 2418 kg
Wheelbase
2587 mm

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
[V8] 5.2 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
[V8] 4.9 sec
Fuel Economy
7.5 - 9.9 L/100km
Top Speed
[V8] 240 km/h / 149 mph
Towing Capacity
3500 kg

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
4WD
D4HEngine | Displacement
2.0 L
P4Engine | Displacement
2.0 L
P6Engine | Displacement
3.0 L
V8Engine | Displacement
5.0 L
D4HEngine | Power
200hp @ 4000 / 240hp @ 4000
P4Engine | Power
2.0L 300hp @ 5500
P6Engine | Power
3.0L 400hp @ 5500
V8Engine | Power
525 PS
D4HEngine | Torque
430Nm @ 1400
P4Engine | Torque
400Nm @ 1500-4000
P6Engine | Torque
550Nm @ 2000-5000
V8Engine | Torque
625 Nm
D4HEngine | Type
I4 diesel
P4Engine | Type
I4 petrol
P6Engine | Type
I6 petrol
V8Engine | Type
Supercharged DOHV V8 petrol
D4HFuel Capacity
83.5 L
P4Fuel Capacity
88.5 L
P6Fuel Capacity
88.5 L
V8Fuel Capacity
88.5 L
Transfer Case
2-speed transfer case with low range
Transmission | Gears
8-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

Availability
2020-02
Debut
2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
V8Debut
2021-02-25
Made In
Slovakia

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Land Rover has dropped the four-cylinder diesel engine from the Defender. If you want a Defender that drinks its fuel from the black pump, you now have just one engine to choose from: the recently introduced Ingenium 3.0-litre straight six. It’s available in three guises: D200, D250 and D300, with power outputs ranging from 197bhp to 296bhp. The mid-level D250 kicks out a handsome 245bhp and 420lb ft of torque.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb off-road capability
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • No automatic gearbox
  • Tiny boot

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The P400 3.0-litre straight-six petrol twin-turbo engine makes it the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production Defender available. It turns in a 0-62mph time of 6.0sec, with an accompanying top speed of 120mph. The P400 uses an integrated starter-generator (ISG) to harvest braking energy and deploy it on acceleration.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons
  • Lack of height-adjustable air springs

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Land Rover first put a V8 in a Series III in 1979 and in the 101 Forward Control as early as 1972. The Defender V8 isn’t a product of the Special Vehicle Operations division but a regular Defender model, available alongside the rather more frugal versions. It makes 518bhp and 461lb ft, with peak torque arriving from 2500rpm.
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Pros
  • Powerful V8
  • Lots of fun to drive
  • Good range-sitter
Cons
  • Not the best off-road
  • Not the most practical

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Mild-hybrid power comes with a hefty price premium in the Defender 90. Any tick-every-box customers will love the X edition, its extensive equipment list and its scope for further personalisation. Cheaper versions should be easier to recommend, nevertheless. The shorter Defender feels every bit as special as its 110 stablemate.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Pivi Pro infotainment system
Cons
  • No three-door option

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
This Defender has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine producing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. It gets the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as the rest of the range and can manage 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds. The most basic principles of the car are roughly the same as those of the forthcoming X-Dynamic.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Ingenium engine isn’t the smoothest

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
With 246bhp and 570Nm of torque, the big diesel unit is smooth and powerful. It's a much more satisfying engine to work and listen to than the four-cylinder diesel Defenders we've tried up to now. The 0-60mph sprint takes 7.6 seconds, but you never drive the Defender like this anyway.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bigger and more fun to drive
  • Bigger engine
Cons
  • Less practical than its big brother

carmagazine[7]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The new Defender is codenamed L663 and will be based on the D7U aluminium monocoque architecture. Air suspension and coil springs will be offered, with the former extending by up to 75mm and lowering by 50mm. There’s permanent all-wheel drive, a standard low-range transfer case, three auto-locking diffs (front axle, centre and rear axle), and a choice of 18-22-inch wheels.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Impressive on-road performance
Cons
  • Rugged B-road

cnet[8]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Land Rover Defender 90 is available at dealerships right now. It starts at $500, including $1,350 in delivery fees, not that much more than a two-door Jeep Wrangler. The Defender's interior is versatile, with plenty of space to stash things in its dashboard-spanning cubby.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent off-road tech
  • Comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Poor lanekeeping
  • Expensive for what you get

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Land Rover Defender 90 D250 2021 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/land-rover/defender/first-drives/land-rover-defender-90-d250-2021-uk-review. 2021-03-25. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
2. ^ Land Rover Defender 90 P400 X 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/land-rover/defender/first-drives/land-rover-defender-90-p400-x-2020-uk-review. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
3. ^ Land Rover Defender 90 V8 2021 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/land-rover/defender/first-drives/land-rover-defender-90-v8-2021-uk-review. 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
4. ^ New Land Rover Defender 90 P400 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/defender/353572/new-land-rover-defender-90-p400-2020-review. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
5. ^ New Land Rover Defender 90 P300 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/defender/353573/new-land-rover-defender-90-p300-2020-review. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
6. ^ New Land Rover Defender 90 D250 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/land-rover/defender/354557/new-land-rover-defender-90-d250-2021-review. 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
7. ^ Land Rover Defender review: 90 and 110 models driven. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/land-rover/defender-4x4/. 2021-11-24. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
8. ^ 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 review: Cool and capable. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-land-rover-defender-90-awd-review/. 2021-06-03. Retrieved 2021-12-17.

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