2020 Defender


The engine start backup feature is required to disarm the alarm and start the engine if either of the following occur:

  • The vehicle is unlocked using the emergency key blade.

  • The smart key is not detected by the vehicle.

The engine start backup feature can only be used when the instrument panel displays Place Smart Key as shown, and press start button.

To carry out the engine start backup procedure:

  1. Position the smart key flat against the side of the steering column.


    There are markings on the steering column to help locate the correct position.

  2. While holding the smart key in position, firmly press the brake pedal.

  3. Press and release the engine START/STOP button.

Once the engine starts, release the brake pedal, if it is safe to do so.

If the smart key is not recognised, or the engine fails to start, consult a retailer/authorised repairer.