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2021 BMW 540 vs. 2021 Land Rover Defender Review

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2021 BMW
540

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2021 Land Rover
Defender

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MSRP*
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$59,450 to $61,750
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$62,700
Invoice* $55,790 to $57,930 $58,938
MPG - City 23 - 25 17
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-6 Inline-6
Seating Capacity 5 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Land Rover Defender than the BMW 540, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the BMW 540 and the Land Rover Defender in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW 540 as you will with the Land Rover Defender, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the BMW 540 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Land Rover Defender. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW 540 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Land Rover Defender.

Dimensions
Since the BMW 540 is much slimmer than the Land Rover Defender, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the BMW 540 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Land Rover Defender.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the BMW 540 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Land Rover Defender.

Handling
The BMW 540 has a smaller turning radius than the Land Rover Defender, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The BMW 540 has less horsepower than the Land Rover Defender, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
The BMW 540 has less seating than the Land Rover Defender, making the Land Rover Defender the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW 540 has significantly less cargo room than the Land Rover Defender, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The BMW 540 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Land Rover Defender.