Land Rover Defender vs Jeep Wrangler Comparison

There’s still plenty to love about Jeep’s slightly aged Wrangler but the Land Rover Defender’s return in all-new form has off-road supporters hyped, here’s how they stack up.

Only a handful of vehicles are built with this much off-road ability in mind including the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes G-Wagon, and Toyota 4Runner. The Defender and 4runner tackle this task with sharp steel subframes, independent front, and rear suspension, and unit-body chassis.


(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2021.)

 Land Rover DefenderJeep Wrangler
Capacity/Doors3-5 doors / 5-7 seater2-4 doors / 5 seater
Torque550 Nm@2000-5000 rpm321 Nm – 409 Nm
Top Speed239 Kph

160 Kph
0-100 km/h10.2 sec - 18.6 sec9.3 sec
Max Power
394.26 bhp@5500-6500 rpm

177 Hp – 285 Hp
Engine2.2L – 5.0L2.8L – 3.8L

Fuel Tank Capacity75L – 89L71L – 94L
Key FeaturesAutomatic emergency braking,

blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree

camera system, lane keep assist
Blind-spot monitoring,

Rear cross-traffic alert,

Rear parking sensors
Fuel Consumption7.87 Km/L – 10.3 Km/L9.7 Km/L – 10.6 Km/L
Length x Width x Height4.94×1.99×2.22 m4.70×1.88×1.84 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 12,720 - USD 113,800USD 23,680 – USD 93,520

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Land Rover Defender

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Initially, the Land Rover Defender was introduced as the Land Rover One Ten (110) and joined by the Land Rover 90 in 1984, which is a series of British pick-up trucks and off-road cars. And in the 1980s were developed from the original Land Rover Series which was unveiled in April 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

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(a) Cabin Storage

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The interior amenities of Defender provided in the cabin are both utilitarian and premium. The interior is roomy and luxurious in some latest models of Defender. In the driver cabin you will find 2 cup holders at the center console, door pocket panel storage, the center box, a glove box, and a large storage shelf with plenty of room for snacks, phones, keys while in the center, it surrounds a large 10-inch touchscreen with Land Rover’s latest PIVI Pro infotainment suite.

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(b) Cargo Space

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The 4 door Defender 110 behind its second row has 34 cubic feet of space and 78.8 cubic feet with the rear back seats folded down which is excellent for the midsize luxury SUV class. The Defender 110 with the optional 3rd row, behind that row, has 10.7 cubic feet of space, behind the second row has 34.6 cubic feet, and with all rear seats folded has 69 cubic feet.

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The short-wheelbase Defender 90 behind its rear seats has 15.6 cubic feet of space and 58.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity.

Jeep Wrangler

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The Jeep Wrangler is a mid-size 2-door/compact 4-door Wrangler Unlimited / a longer wheelbase 4WD off-road SUVs that were manufactured by Jeep from 1986 and is currently in its 4th generation. The latest generation, the Wrangler JL was unveiled and is produced at Jeep’s Toledo Complex in late 2017.

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(a) Cabin Storage

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The Wrangler’s interior is all about luxury, comfort, and space for drivers and passengers. The cabin includes back and front seats with leather, a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, and 3-zone automatic climate control as standard features.

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There are storage sections used for storing items such as bottles, beverages, watches, handbags, etc.; in the 1st row, you will find door panel storage, 2 cup holders, the center box, and a glove box. In the 2nd row, you will find 2 cup holders, a door panel, and storage on the front seat.

(b) Cargo Space

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For a 4-door Wrangler, the space is reduced to 31.7 cubic feet of space when all seats are occupied on the other side but has a total of 72.4 cubic feet of cargo space with a back seat folded, the 2-door Wrangler has a total of 31.7 cubic feet of cargo space with seats folded, and when all seats are occupied the space is reduced and makes 12.9 cubic feet so the Wrangler has larger space than its competitors. Therefore the boot space for the Wrangler is roomy enough.

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Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

Land Rover Defender

(a) Engine & Performance

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The Defender comes fitted with 8 engine options; a 2.2 L Ford Duratorq turbodiesel I4, 2.4 L Ford Duratorq turbodiesel I4, 2.8L BMW M52B28 petrol I6, 3.9L Rover V8 petrol, 5.0 L Jaguar AJ-V8 petrol V8 Supercharged, 2.5 L 300 Tdi turbodiesel I4, 2.5 L Td5 turbodiesel I5, and 2.5 L 200 Tdi turbodiesel I4. These engines are linked to either a 5-speed LT77 manual, 5-speed R380 manual, 4-speed ZF 4HP22 automatic, or 6-speed GFT MT-82 manual.

(b) Fuel Consumption

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The fuel consumption for the Defender is approximately 4.7 km/L to 10 km/L.

Jeep Wrangler

(a) Engine & Performance

The Wrangler comes with 3 engine displacements of 2.8L VM Motori RA 428 I4 Diesel, 3.6L Pentastar V6, and a 3.8 L EGH V6 which are mated to a 5-speed automatic, 4-speed Ultradrive automatic, 6-speed manual transmission, or 5-speed automatic.

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As the standard engine in the 2007 -2011 variants, a 3.8L V6 EGH produces 202 hp and 321 Nm of torque.

(b) Fuel Consumption

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The fuel consumption for Jeep Wranglers is around 9.7 Km/L to 10.6 Km/L.

Final Verdict

The Defender and Wrangler are both built especially for off-road driving and all have 4WD which makes them better in off-road driving. But there are advantages. Choosing Defender and Wrangler seems good and won’t be very hard for car lovers of the brands but from the fuel consumption perspective you better choose for Wrangler instead of Defender and for the performance, powerful engine and space better go for Defender. Both vehicles are better for off-road driving but Wrangler looks attractive on town trips. You can purchase one in our store; just visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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