The Land Rover Defender is a new rugged SUV from Land Rover that elicits a form of nostalgia for a time when SUVs were all rough and tumble adventure vehicles. Though even Land Rover now manufacturers SUVs that are just as capable in Boston as they are on off-road surfaces, the 2021 Land Rover Defender is old-school in all the best ways. Savvy buyers may also want to check out similar-seeming SUVs like the Ford Bronco. Here’s a side-by-side comparison.

Capable by Nature

The Land Rover Defender is a rugged Land Rover SUV that comes in a variety of different trim levels with varying powertrains. Even the base model, the Defender 90, excels at both off-road and on-road situations and comes with a 2.0-liter p300 i4 gasoline engine good for 296 horsepower.

Every version of the Land Rover Defender comes with standard all-wheel-drive, a two-speed transfer case, coil suspension, and Terrain Response®, which is an advanced system that intuitively responds to changes in the terrain, whether you’re on ice, snow, or sand.

At the top of the line is the V8 model, which is packed with a powerful 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine that cranks out 518 horsepower.

While the Ford Bronco also has some off-road-oriented features, you won’t find anything like the V8 engine on any of the trim levels.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Where the Land Rover SUV really has an edge over the Ford SUV is in cabin technology. Even the base model comes standard with:

  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • Pivi Pro infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Wireless Charging with Signal Booster

The Ford Bronco does have an infotainment system, but the screen is smaller (8 inches), and it doesn’t come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

See why the Land Rover Defender is on top of the luxury off-road SUV segment by giving it a spin at Land Rover Peabody.