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Why Lease The Defender 110?

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Land Rover Defender 110 Review 2022

The Land Rover Defender 110 is a large five-door, six or seven-seat family SUV that is well-equipped and an extremely capable off-roader. 

Rivals to the Land Rover Defender 110 include the BMW X5, Volvo XC90 Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes G-Class, Toyota Land Cruiser and Volkswagen Touareg.

Our Land Rover Defender 110 review covers:

Land Rover Defender 110 Key Features

  • Classic Land Rover exterior styling with the flat back end and spare wheel 
  • Traditional yet modern interior with soft materials and deliberately exposed screws
  • 231 litres boot, which expands to 2,233 litres with all rear seats down
  • Choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines 
  • Eight trim levels, including Standard, X-Dynamic SE, HSE, X-Dynamic S, SE, X-Dynamic HSE, XS Edition, and X

Land Rover Defender 110 Pros and Cons:


  • Exellent ride comfort 
  • Fabulous rugged design
  • First-class off-road capability


  • Tiny third-row seats
  • Some interior parts feel cheap
  • Expensive compared to rivals

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The new Land Rover Defender 110 is a large SUV that offers superior off-road capability and excellent ride comfort on any terrain. 


Alongside the Defender's core attributes, it also looks terrific, keeping its classic original Land Rover exterior styling with its flat back end, Alpine lights in the roof, spare wheel and side-hinged rear door that opens outwards. The Defender 110 definitely stands out on the road with its unique styling, making alternatives such as the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5 look soft next to its rough exterior.

Inside, the Land Rover Defender 110 can come with five, six or seven seats making it more than capable of carrying all passengers securely. The middle seats have plenty of room and a sliding feature that makes it easier to fit people in the third row. However, the third-row seats are tiny, so larger passengers will struggle to sit comfortably. 

As for boot space, the Land Rover Defender 110 offers 231 litres with all three rows of seats in place and 916 litres with two rows folded down. Plus, if you fold all but the front seats down, the Defender 110 offers a van-rivalling 2,233 litres of space.

Interior and Trims

The Land Rover Defender 110 interior looks great with a mixture of traditional and modern styling. Soft materials sit together with deliberately exposed screws, and rubber floor mats blend perfectly with the Defender's rugged exterior design. 

Every Defender comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a large touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, which gets Land Rover's newly introduced 'Pivi Pro' software, which is easy to use.

Overall, the interior quality is very good, combining an expensive, luxurious look with an industrial off-road style. However, for such a costly SUV, some interior parts feel cheap and don't belong in such a high-class vehicle.

Eight trim levels are available, including Standard, X-Dynamic S, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE, HSE, SE, XS and X.

The Standard Defender 110 comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a body-coloured roof, puddle lights, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry, aether steering wheel and two-zone climate control. Also comes with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 3D surround camera, cruise control with speed limiter, lane keeping assist and a wade sensing system.

X-Dynamic S models have 19-inch alloys, all-season tyres, a 10-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree camera, keyless entry and leather seats.

X-Dynamic SE models have upgraded LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, a video rear-view mirror, blind spot assist and a Meridian stereo system.

X-Dynamic HSE models come with 20-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, 14-way electric front seats and extra leather on the inside, including on the steering wheel.

HSE models come with a sliding panoramic roof, heated and cooled front seats with adjustable memory, a heated steering wheel and a leather interior. It also adds adaptive cruise control, rear collision, and rear traffic monitor.

SE models come with front fog lights, electrically folding heated door mirrors, blind-spot assist and a clear exit monitor that will warn you of any potential hazards as you get out of the car. You also get the ClearSight interior rear mirror that uses a rear-facing camera if your view out the rear is blocked. 

XS Edition has unique touches, including body-coloured lower cladding, grey 20-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights and adaptive air suspension. It also has climate control, 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats and a premium sound system.

X models get 20-inch alloys, orange brake callipers, a gloss black bonnet, and various chrome details. It also adds Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system, electronic air suspension, ClearSight interior rearview mirror, an upgraded Meridian sound system and a head-up display.

Power and Performance

Land Rover offers the Defender 110 with the choice of a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.


All engines on offer for the Land Rover Defender 110 get mild-hybrid electric assistance aside from the V8 and the plug-in hybrid variants.

The P300 turbo petrol is a good engine option but is heavy on fuel, offering 20mpg.

The best diesel option to go for is the D250 six-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel, which gives 35mpg on longer journeys. However, if you are planning to drive around town a lot or use the Defender's off-road capabilities and head off into the forests, then the mpg will drop to around 25.

The P400e plug-in hybrid is the best of the engines from an economy perspective managing 27 miles on electric power alone with a fully-charged battery. Plus, if you make full use of the hybrid battery for journeys, it'll return a solid 35mpg.

The Land Rover Defender 110 is great to drive around town despite its off-road capability. It comes with air suspension, which makes the drive extra comfortable, and manoeuvring around town is easy thanks to its lights steering. Visibility is good out the front, but the spare wheel unfortunately blocks the view to the back.

Overall the Land Rover Defender 110 is practical, good on the road, great off-road, spacious and loaded with plenty of clever tech, making it an excellent SUV leasing option.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Land Rover Defender 110 start from £60,335.00 OTR* or to lease from £670.12 per month.

Do you have questions about leasing a Land Rover Defender 110? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are one of the leading car leasing providers in the UK. All our car leasing deals come with a manufacturer's warranty, free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply), inclusive road tax and breakdown cover. 

Additionally, due to fixed monthly payments, variable mileage, a small initial rental and flexible contract terms, leasing a Land Rover Defender 110 may be less expensive than making an outright purchase with dealer finance or a bank loan.

*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.

Customer Reviews

Land Rover Defender 110
Average Rating Based on 2 reviews
4.6 out of 5

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Mark Land Rover Defender 110 3.0 D250 SE 110 Auto

The new Defender 110 is ridiculously expensive to run and completely impractical, that said I absolutely love the vehicle. Ten out of Ten

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4.9 out of 5
James Land Rover Defender 110 3.0 D200 110 Auto (7 Seat)

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