2021 Land Rover Defender vs. 2021 Land Rover Discovery in Phoenix, AZ

defender vs discovery

We know it can be hard to choose between the 2021 Land Rover Defender and the 2021 Land Rover Discovery. Both vehicles offer adventure-ready capability, comfort, and luxury, and Arrowhead drivers often turn to us for help with the decision! While the Defender is more confident off-road, the Discovery offers a more accommodating third row and a slightly more efficient standard powertrain. Our Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery comparison has all the details you’ll need.

2021 Land Rover Defender


2021 Land Rover Discovery

$50,500 MSRP (New)

Starting Price

$53,900 MSRP (New)
P300 Gas, P400 MHEV

Powertrain Options

P300 Gas, P360 MHEV

Third Row Seating


Off-Road Performance

Up to 18 mpg combined

Standard Fuel Economy

Up to 21 mpg combined

Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery: Interior Options in Phoenix, AZ

The Land Rover Discovery and the Land Rover Defender both offer up to three rows of seating. Let’s take a closer look at which Land Rover model offers you more legroom:

  • Defender with 5+2 Seating: 39.1 inches (1st) / 38.4 inches (2nd) / 20.5 inches (3rd)
  • Land Rover Discovery: 39.1 inches (1st) / 37.4 inches (2nd) / 33.5 inches (3rd)

The Land Rover Discovery offers Phoenix and Scottsdale families more cargo space than the Defender. With all rear seats folded flat, it provides 74.3 cubic feet. The Defender provides 69.0 cubic feet at maximum.

Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery: Performance

Your preference will determine which of these two Land Rover SUVs is right for you. Both offer the same ground clearance, but if you are looking to challenge your Land Rover with rough terrain, the Defender is your better choice:

Maximum Approach, Departure, and Ramp Angles

  • Defender: 38.0° (A), 40.0° (D), 28.0° (R)
  • Discovery: 34.0° (A), 30.0° (D), 27.5° (R)

However, if fuel economy and acceleration are more important to you, the Discovery is the SUV you want. Both vehicles come standard with a 2.0L P300 i4 gas engine; therefore, power will never be an issue:

Fuel Economy (P300)

  • Defender 110 Gas Mileage: 17 mpg city / 20 mpg highway / 18 mpg combined
  • Discovery Gas Mileage: 19 mpg city / 22 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined

Acceleration (P300)

  • Defender: 0 to 60 in 7.7 seconds
  • Discovery: 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds

Scottsdale drivers will notice another difference if they look at each model’s powertrain upgrades. The Defender offers the P400 i6 Gas MHEV, while the Discovery offers the P360 i6 Gas MHEV. Although the Land Rover Discovery is still the more efficient option with its new engine, the Defender upgrade provides much more power and a faster 0 to 60 time.

Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery: Pricing & Style

As standard, the new Defender 110 is less expensive than the new Discovery. However, you will need to step up to a higher Defender trim level in order to receive an Interactive Driver Display and grained leather seating–both of which come standard on the Discovery. Thus, with either model, you’ll end up paying about the same.

No matter the trim level, the two vehicles differ in their looks. Let’s review the exterior differences when comparing the Land Rover Defender vs. Land Rover Discovery:

  • The exterior of the Discovery has curvy lines, whereas the Defender has a boxy look. What’s more, the Defender color options are a perfect match for its rugged exterior.
  • The headlights on both Land Rover models differ as well. The Defender offers a throwback look with round LED headlights. The Discovery has a distinct grille that sits between two angular headlights.
  • The Defender has a sharper exterior look for the outdoorsy type, while the Discovery is a bit more sophisticated on looks alone. Of course, these two vehicles are equal when it comes to the cabin luxuries they provide.

Compare the Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery at Land Rover North Scottsdale!

Now it is time to make your choice between the Land Rover Defender vs. Discovery in person. At Land Rover North Scottsdale, we invite you to compare the two models and let us know which Land Rover you prefer. Connect with our finance team or apply for financing online.

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