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The Land Rover Defender sets the standard for sophisticated style, off-road ability, and advanced technology. With Terrain Response driving modes and Pivi Pro infotainment, the Defender is capable and comfortable. And the two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110 let drivers pick between nimble performance and extra cargo space.

Now, with the addition of the third-row Defender 130, off-road enthusiasts can bring even more passengers and gear. But is the new 130 worth an extra $9,000? For some, yes.

Let’s go over the Defender 130’s features and specs, and why it makes sense for specific buyers.

Land Rover Defender 130 vs. Defender 110: features, specs, pricing

The Land Rover Defender is an athletic SUV that can go anywhere. With available features like a 3D surround camera, wade sensing, and air suspension, the Defender is a high-tech solution for off-road performance. Not only that, but its plush interior has a hand-crafted feel that makes long trips more enjoyable.

Some drivers may need more space. Third-row seating is a requirement for many, and more cubic feet of space than what the Land Rover Defender 90 offers can help to extend trips.

That’s where the Defender 130 comes in. While it carries a $9,000 premium over the 110, the 130 brings significantly more room.

Land Rover Hinsdale has the details. Built on the same chassis as the 110 and sharing an identical 119-inch wheelbase, the Land Rover Defender 130 adds a larger rear overhang, third-row seats, and cavernous cargo space. Compared to the 110, the 130’s body stretches from 197.5 inches to 211 inches. That creates seating for eight and 13.7 cubic feet of storage.

Unlike the 90 and 110 models—which offer turbo four-cylinder, turbo six-cylinder, and supercharged V8 engines—the 130 has two turbocharged inline-six options. The P300 model makes 296 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, while the P400 version produces 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. All but the base model use the P400 motor, according to Land Rover.

Who should buy a Land Rover Defender 130?

For those with families or needing extra storage, the 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is a worthy alternative to the Land Rover Defender 110.

Before the 130, there wasn’t a Land Rover for third-row SUV buyers. Now, those who need room to spare can drive one of the brand’s class-leading SUVs. And instead of driving a bland SUV, Defender 130 drivers get the style, capability, and tech only found in a Land Rover.

While the $9,000 premium isn’t small, it provides ample benefits in return. An extra row of seating for three and more room for gear gives priceless functionality. Instead of traveling in separate cars, now, families can travel together with plenty of space for luggage.

Add in the legendary capability of the Land Rover Defender nameplate, and 130 drivers can start planning trips far and wide, knowing they can bring everyone along for the ride.

The Land Rover Defender 130 adds a new dimension to the historic marque—seating and space for large groups and copious gear. While the 90 and 110 models wow with their off-road capability and unique British flair, the 130 lets those with families get in on the fun. It’s a formula for memorable travels.


Driven: The Bigger 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 Is Better