In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Bronco 4-Door are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Defender doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Bronco has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Defender doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Both the Bronco and the Defender have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Bronco 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Defender. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Defender ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 16 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bronco’s warranty.
The Bronco has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Defender doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 22nd in reliability. With 114 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd.
The Bronco’s standard 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 4 more horsepower (300 vs. 296) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 295) than the Defender P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Bronco’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 406) than the Defender P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid.
Both the Bronco and the Defender have a standard automatic start/stop engine feature to stop unnecessary fuel waste and pollution at stop lights and heavy traffic. All Broncos have a standard disable switch for the system, so a driver can keep the engine from shutting off when the vehicle stops temporarily.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Bronco uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Defender requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Bronco has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Defender doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Bronco’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Defender (315/70R17 vs. 275/45R22).
The Ford Bronco’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Defender only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Bronco Badlands offers an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Defender doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The Bronco’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Defender doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Bronco 2-Door’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Defender 90’s (35.5 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The Bronco 2-Door’s turning circle is 6.6 feet tighter than the Defender 110’s (35.5 feet vs. 42.1 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Bronco 2-Door has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Defender 110 (11.6 vs. 11.5 inches), allowing the Bronco to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Ford Bronco may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Land Rover Defender.
The Bronco 4-Door is 8.1 inches shorter than the Defender, making the Bronco easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For excellent aerodynamics, the Bronco has standard flush composite headlights. The Defender has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The front grille of the Bronco uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Defender doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Bronco 4-Door has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Defender 110.
The Bronco 4-Door has a much larger cargo volume than the Defender 110 with its rear seat up (38.3 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).
The Bronco’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the right swing out door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Defender’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The Bronco’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Defender does not have an oil pressure gauge.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Bronco’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Defender doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Bronco has standard extendable sun visors. The Defender doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Bronco’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Defender’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.