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The 2020 Land Rover Defender’s Unique Interior Makes It Cozier Than Competitors

The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 is a relaunch of one of its most iconic models. While it has many design elements of the original, such as skylights on the roof cap and stacked rear taillights, it has been modernized on both the inside and outside.

The new interior has added several new elements while keeping many of the original rugged features. With a unique seating configuration and state-of-the-art electronics, the Land Rover Defender 110 has one of the most unique and cozy interiors on the market. 

What does the interior of the Land Rover Defender look like?

While the interior of the Defender has been updated, it still has many of Land Rover’s rugged features, such as a rubber-like coating on the dashboard, exposed rivets, and heavy-duty floor mats. 

One major upgrade has been on the dashboard. The interior has one of two different instrument clusters: an analog/digital hybrid on the base model and an all-digital version on the higher-end models. Both work the same.

In addition, there are two console options. One is a traditional console while the other removes the console and integrates the controls in other areas. A Defender 110 without a console and with bucket seats has space for a passenger to walk from the front to the back of the vehicle without any obstructions.

The instrument cluster frame and the rest of the dash is a light-grey powder-coated magnesium crossbeam. The beam isn’t a decorative item, but it’s part of the vehicle’s internal structure. It creates an open storage space on the passenger side for cell phones, sunglasses, and other small items. In the center, it frames the 10-inch touchscreen.  

Unique seating configuration

One noteworthy thing about the Land Rover Defender 110 is the seating configuration. Like many larger passenger vehicles, it holds eight people. Most eight-passenger vehicles have two seats in the front, three seats in the middle row, and three seats in the back row.

However, the Land Rover Defender 110 is different because it offers a three-seat bench in the front.  This allows you to create several different seating configurations. You can get an eight-seat version (three in the back, three in the front bench, and two in the middle), a seven-seater (two front bucket seats, two in the middle and three in the back), or a six-seater configuration (three in the front and three in the middle).  

Advanced interior technology

Another benefit is the in-car technology. The heart of this system is the new Pivi Pro system. The most notable part of the Pivi Pro is the dual eSIM setup, which is the first in the world. The dual eSIM setup creates two separate connections wireless connections, and these two separate connections let you do two things at once, like download updates with one connection while streaming music on the other. 

It also allows for two Bluetooth setups, which simultaneously connect two separate phones or other devices. In addition, you can customize the screen’s layout and add additional features. These features create a customizable technological experience in the Defender 110.    

Additionally, the Land Rover Defender 110 has a unique camera system. It mounts cameras on the shark fin antenna, which allows for a wider camera angle. This setup makes it easier to see behind the Defender 110 and also avoids dust and dirt that ends up blocking the view of lower mounted cameras. 

The camera system also creates a 3D surround-view camera, which lets you see all around the Defender 110 while driving. An optional system, known as the ClearSight Ground View, allows you to “see through the hood” so you know where your wheels and underside are in relation to the ground.

The Land Rover Defender’s ride quality

Land Rover Defender 110 off-road 4x4 vehicle interior on display at Brussels Expo
The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110’s interior | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Reviewers have praised the Land Rover Defender 110’s ride quality. The Defender 110 has a four-wheel independent air suspension and supportive seats. These features allow the Defender 110 to handle some of the roughest terrains while keeping the vehicle’s occupants from moving around. 

Roadshow’s reviewer spent several days driving the Land Rover Defender 110 in some of the toughest terrains in Namibia and still felt good after 10 hours.  MotorTrend’s reviewer made similar observations when test-driving a similar route, saying they were pain-free after a full day of driving.