Today, the car market’s top sellers are compact SUVs and crossovers. These vehicles are extremely practical for everyday use, as they also meet the family and daily commuting requirements of most buyers. They mainly offer front-wheel drive with good ground clearance to tackle potholes in the city, but can’t handle off-road driving. To break the chain of pseudo-SUVs Jeep The Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Land Rover Defender have recently revealed their new V8-powered utility vehicles with massive capabilities and off-road capability
The two manufacturers come with a V8 engine and an advanced 4×4 system. Although there are modern changes, like a simpler user interface implemented on these cars, the manufacturers have retained their charm of being old-fashioned off-roaders to take on any terrain.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 vs Land Rover Defender V8: The engine
The insane level of performance is one thing in common between the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and the Land Rover Defender. Speaking of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, it uses a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces nearly 470 hp and produces 470 lb-ft of torque. For the first time in nearly forty years, the Jeep Wrangler was equipped with a V8 engine straight from the factory. This is a remarkable achievement for the manufacturer. Since the car is an off-road vehicle, the gearbox is very robust and can hold the gears for better grip overall. The vehicle uses an 8-speed automatic transmission, which helps it complete the sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. The Rubicon has a low-range transmission and a transmission that allows the user to send power to either the rear wheels or all four wheels when needed. The car happens to have two locking differentials, and both work amazingly well on road conditions, sending power to individual wheels.
Speaking of the new Land Rover Defender, it’s a powerful vehicle but also happens to be quite heavy for an off-road vehicle. The SUV comes with a 5-liter supercharged V8 that produces 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. The numbers are much better than the Wrangler, but due to its heavy weight, it loses power to weight ratio, resulting in slower acceleration. The vehicle achieves the sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of around 150 MPH. It also uses an 8-speed automatic transmission, which happens to be the fastest Defender ever.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 vs Land Rover Defender V8: The interior
Both these SUVs are rugged SUVs, but their interiors set them apart, as one of them offers a premium interior while the other showcases a functional cabin. The Land Rover Defender has a much more comfortable space as it uses many premium materials such as leather and Alcantara, along with rubber and hard plastics throughout the cabin. The exposed bolts and hinges on the inside give the Defender a tough look. The touchscreen interface on the Rover and the latest generation touch pro system are quite easy to use. The vehicle also gets paddle shifters in satin chrome, and the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara.
Jeep has had a history of providing a very functional and basic interior for all models; But for the first time, the 2022 Wrangler uses aluminum shifters and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 8.4-inch central infotainment system is quite large, but not as large as the one found on the Land Rover. The Wrangler has the upper hand when it comes to practicality as all four doors in the vehicle can be removed with a few turns of the nuts and bolts, and one can enjoy an outdoor experience that is well suited for off-road driving. On the other hand, the Wrangler’s interior is much more angular compared to the Defender.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 vs Land Rover Defender V8: The Safety
For a vehicle with a $50,000 price tag, Jeep doesn’t offer many standard or even optional safety features. Some key features of the car include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a reverse parking camera.
This is a department where Land Rover excels due to its many standard and optional safety features. Also as standard, the vehicle offers autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Lane departure warning together with Lane keep assist, and as an option the SUV also offers adaptive cruise control. Added to the mix is a 360-degree parking camera that provides an image of what’s under the vehicle.
Overall, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and The Land Rover Defender V8 are two extraordinary off-road vehicles that live up to the automaker’s name.
Sources- Jeep, Land Rover, Car and Driver