Richard Hammond reveals the new Land Rover Defender

  • Published on Sep 10, 2019
  • After much anticipation, the new Land Rover Defender is finally here! Richard Hammond found a spanking new 90 and 110 in the middle of the woods somewhere and it looks like he approves of the redesign of the British off-roading icon. Watch as he takes you through all the main features of the 2020 Defender!
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  • malcolm watson
    malcolm watson 8 hours ago

    That's not a Defender, that's another Chelsea tractor for Tarquins school run

  • Duncan Read
    Duncan Read 10 hours ago

    Yer ok I'll bite. The landrover has to be a simple car. The plastic the computer shizal the wading radar. It's all useless exses. I'm no land rover die hard I use to drive one when I was a teenager and I loved it. But there cramped. Uneconomical expecive to repair and no better off road then anything else.
    The thing that was good about them was that they where just..well classless. You can go out and pimp up a range rover or get a sports car or get yourself a budget ford fester or a matiz and it's a statement. Your saying I'm a gangster or I'm rich or this is my first car or this is just a run around. The land rover could fit in every where. You could be a millionaire going to a meeting or a farm hand going to the field. That was the beauty of it.
    Now it's just another dickish "look at me" burning fossil fuel up by the rainforest load so I can push all this leather trim around and posh gimicky buttons that do pointless things.
    Honestly cars these days have so much pointless crap on them. The landrover has not joined the moving junk yard club.
    The wading radar (if is the same as the range rover one) It utterly useless. It's no good finding out its 9foot deep when your in need to know befor hand.

  • Chris K
    Chris K 20 hours ago

    Try to buy a tyre for this thing in the butt F$#% middle of nowhere and ask why the huge rim size? Answer, bigger brakes to give better towing capacity. Meh. How does it deal with rough long roads with those air suspension sensors? The ones that will strand you when they fail? It's a pretend off roader, marketed at rich caravan towers. Shame Richard, shame.

  • harliquinz
    harliquinz 20 hours ago

    I think most motoring journalists are missing the point. The beauty of the original defender was that it would run for 40+ years with the owners replacing parts in their garages as needed. I know as an owner of modern Freelanders, Discos etc, that the 2020 defender is full of plastic catches, clips, sensor housings as well as trim and these are notoriously fragile after a couple of years, not to mention all the electronics. A 10 year old 2020 defender will be a maintenance nightmare and have to be constantly in the service depot of the local Land Rover dealer.

  • 47606odin
    47606odin Day ago

    i have a series 3 and a proper defender. can't see anyone wanting to chuck a couple of sheep in the back of that, which was the purpose of the original box on wheels. it was a workhorse not a Chelsea tractor....plenty of those to choose from already without adding these in the mix. i can't see it selling in the same quantities of the old aluminium boxes

  • healthyamerican
    healthyamerican Day ago

    a discovery with a defender badge...pass

  • harliquinz
    harliquinz Day ago

    plastic rubbish

  • Sholto Brown
    Sholto Brown Day ago

    The Beauty of the defender was it's simplicity, it's the reason it became an icon. If you broke down it was simply a matter of taking the fencing pliers over to the nearest fence and cutting enough 10 gauge wire to get yourself going again....
    Taking a mobile supercomputer into the outback (where 2 mobile phone connections simultaneously are as useful as a hip pocket on a singlet) just asking for's the end of one era, granted it's the start of a new one too... but the new defender is not related in any way to the old one.

  • Evance Nyaki
    Evance Nyaki Day ago

    i like the old design :(

  • rob robertson
    rob robertson 2 days ago

    Shit posh box on wheels surprised they're not square!

  • Heetesh Patel
    Heetesh Patel 2 days ago

    The back of the vehicle looks like a jeep :(

  • daiviking
    daiviking 2 days ago

    I wonder if it rusts like mine? Probably! And I bet you can’t change the parts out on a Saturday morning with a warm brew on your driveway!
    This is built for the rich to drive on their ski holidays or rich country mum school runs. You’ll never see one with a winch attached or light bars, and I bet you don’t need dumdum.!
    How disappointing!!

  • doug bennett
    doug bennett 2 days ago

    Brilliant, stop being so negative you lot,don’t go on about “when they first came out” blah blah

  • jmazzitelli
    jmazzitelli 3 days ago

    It looks like a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Not appealing

  • Darth Dainese
    Darth Dainese 3 days ago

    Not impressed, let’s see what the Ford Bronco is like

  • Bruce Huang
    Bruce Huang 3 days ago

    OMG, the designers have done a great job of making the defender losing its essence.

  • Harry Salci
    Harry Salci 4 days ago

    It should of looked more rugged

  • Officer Poncherrello

    Love it.

  • abdel hamid
    abdel hamid 4 days ago

    It's another prof that our ancestors were smarter.

  • Supar KillSwitch
    Supar KillSwitch 4 days ago +1

    the front is too soft

  • Roman Ko
    Roman Ko 5 days ago

    was it shot on the same place as a Carfection with a Henry Catchpole? same cars? same posotions? just another host... Are You ran out of fantasy or creativity?

  • Henry Partridge
    Henry Partridge 5 days ago

    Can’t see farmers buying this. And Hammond is as annoying as ever

  • LLGw 2
    LLGw 2 5 days ago

    Umm… what about the Corvette?? That’s got a passionate band of loyal followers too

  • Shalva Julukhadze
    Shalva Julukhadze 6 days ago

    if you see land rover on the street he goes to service or from the service 😉

  • Kacper Osmoła
    Kacper Osmoła 6 days ago

    where is offroad test?

  • CCCP
    CCCP 6 days ago

    Sounds like a electronic nightmare. Because in the past defender never thought of reliability.

  • Pete Cucchiara
    Pete Cucchiara 6 days ago

    10 year old son put it best-
    “It’s like Minecraft with circles”
    We’d prefer to own the old ones, or keep our FJ.

  • John G
    John G 6 days ago


  • Bogdan Caragioiu
    Bogdan Caragioiu 7 days ago

    Love it! The 2020 110 will look great next to my 2010 110.

  • Austyn MacKinnon
    Austyn MacKinnon 7 days ago

    Ugggh so disappointed by the outside design!!! Love the new front seat options, but all this high-tech is NOT in the spirit of the Defender even though of course they're just trying to keep up with Tesla and help people avoid going in for shop work allllll the tiiiiime by being able to fix things remotely. So torn. Capability = Yes. Everything else = Nope.

  • Ashwin D Rajan
    Ashwin D Rajan 7 days ago

    Matte black would've made it look badass.

  • Amberlander
    Amberlander 7 days ago

    Ugly duckling looks like a hybrid of freelander and discovery with a poor stealth theft of original defenders flat back and rail glass roofing. Sorry botched design.
    45 grand worth of biscuit eating and thumbs twiddling.

  • Mike Shankin
    Mike Shankin 7 days ago

    Was very interested in the new defender until I heard it wouldn’t be offered with a diesel in the US. Bad decision as I see it. Big disappointment for me.

  • roger mortimore
    roger mortimore 7 days ago

    Yet another Tarts Hand bag from JLR, it will sell but not to the traditional defender buys because they have already moved away to pick ups from Ford, Toyota ect and Land Rover missed the boat on military vehicle for the modern battle space.

    HANS EDVARD 7 days ago

    If only they had made the current Discovery a large version of this new Defender instead of the very feminine looking soft roader it is. How wonderful it would have been to have a genuine competitor to the Mercedes-Benz G Series, but looking even more aggressive, and with a tuned up SDV6 donk. It's hard to tell the new Disco from any of the other Land Rovers whereas all it took was just a glance at that beautiful square shape of the older ones to know what it was immediately.

  • rochab77
    rochab77 8 days ago

    Suspension is a big letdown. No more modifications to make it more offroad capable. The discovery II and defender are the last of the real off road land Rovers. Cant really do much to lift this or any other Land Rover. We want the ability to lift and modify this and are left disappointed.

  • Alejandra Araya
    Alejandra Araya 8 days ago

    I fear the politically correct have had a hand in its design, smart ready to monitor your every thought, IT on wheels not freedom and simplicity.

  • michael O Brien
    michael O Brien 8 days ago

    I like it.

  • jordan
    jordan 8 days ago

    why does this not have a v8 option????

  • Garret Krampe
    Garret Krampe 8 days ago

    Thank you Landrover for manufacturing this turd .. My 1994 D90 D110 D1 are going to increase in Value. Aimed squarely at a market that would buy the Rover Sport . So you added complexity, cost , lack of robustness, lack of serviceability in the field, and what is with the plastic front and rear ? Ground clearance .. Just an inappropriate . Not a sensible move .. at all .. I guess the Diesels will all have DPF issues as usual.

  • karmabrothercat
    karmabrothercat 8 days ago

    Take my money 💰

  • Michael Davis
    Michael Davis 9 days ago

    Looks wise it's better looking than the original. Strength wise it's much stronger than the original. Tech wise it's bang up to date. Perhaps for people wanting a less techie Discovery then Land Rover could produce a stripped back version with none of the cameras and satnav etc - but then people would be taking their mobile phones and sticking them on the dash and buying little cameras and putting them on the windscreen - mmm perhaps the complainers are just typical British who don't like change - this Landrover has been very well thought out- I know which I prefer and it's not a car that you have to wear ear defenders in and worry about which expensive body panel is going to rot away next thank you!

  • Kozhin Rashid
    Kozhin Rashid 9 days ago

    Ugly ... for me in Iraq I would never buy this car with this price when I can get Nissan Patrol, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler with similar prices

  • Pete
    Pete 9 days ago

    They are doing what the banks do- ignoring their loyal existing customers and trying to attract new ones, a marketing technique that increases business costs and loses loyal custom. For me, that isn't a Defender it's a Discovery with an alias. It will sell amongst the posers in London, Hertfordshire and Cheshire but it's not going to see many muddy tracks or farms. I guess if you didn't know about Landrovers you'd probably buy it for its spec but you wouldn't tell Greta it's diesel!

  • М Л
    М Л 10 days ago

    Вот таким должен был быть Discovery 5

  • Ian Taylor
    Ian Taylor 10 days ago

    Fugly, is all I can say.

  • Darren Keogh
    Darren Keogh 10 days ago

    This is going to spend more time outside schools and hauling shopping around than off road. This is too stylish, modern, Range Rover like to be anything resembling the old defender. Toooo much tech for things that wasn’t asked for

  • demoncroft
    demoncroft 11 days ago +1

    Suzuki Jimny
    , looks a 100 time better. This is so called Defender is a far cry from the Old Beautiful Defender..

  • Marvin the Maniac
    Marvin the Maniac 11 days ago

    I hate this ugly piece of garbage!

  • SP33D D3M0N
    SP33D D3M0N 11 days ago

    Nice to see you testing again, hammond

  • FreshlySnipes
    FreshlySnipes 12 days ago

    It’s an ugly fucker ain’t it?? 🤔

  • David Crisell
    David Crisell 13 days ago

    I’ve zero interest in this overpriced, over hyped, over ECU driven, pile of shite.
    This looks like a defender inspired vanity project on wheels.
    Any farmer that buys this for off road use is gonna have a hard time chasing ECU faults once the dirt gets in.
    It looks so vain, flimsy & easily breakable that it would cost a small fortune to fix and doing by the road is almost impossible.
    It’s also so expensive, it makes me want to buy a Defender 90 300tdi and spend 10 grand doing it up.
    The whole motor looks like an impractical waste of time snd plastic.
    A bit Like a Barbie doll in wellington boots whose mother and father came from a decent family.
    JLR are obsessed with electronics.
    Massive no from me.

  • Barry Odumbe
    Barry Odumbe 14 days ago

    Aren't these the same exact cars Mat from carwow reviewed?

  • M P
    M P 14 days ago

    I thought hammond was intelligent but obviously not, yes this is a new vehicle but richard my son this is where you let yourself down, it's not a feckin defender, open your eyes man, it looks nothing like a defender. Get yourself down to specsavers.

  • Stavros
    Stavros 15 days ago

    awesome vehicle

  • gattingertom
    gattingertom 15 days ago

    Does it come in pink?

  • Alex Roberts
    Alex Roberts 15 days ago

    When I look at new Defender I recall 2013 Honda Pilot... doctor, what's wrong with me?

  • Ozen the Lewdable
    Ozen the Lewdable 16 days ago

    THAT'S THE DACIA mistake, I'll never insult Dacia Sandero with this garbage ever again.

  • William Curtis
    William Curtis 17 days ago

    What a piece of techno shit. How dare they not stick with the real traditional body shape. That new defender looks dreadful. Be fucked if I would take that off road . . I love my traditional Land Rover . It looks the business and is in the Australian bush. Bloody hell , get it right and stick with the old shape.

  • Dr. Drakken
    Dr. Drakken 18 days ago +1

    Mechanics rejoice! There's a new Land Rover.