2020 Defender



The smart key system uses Radio Frequency (RF) transmissions that could interfere with implanted medical devices. To avoid any possibility of interference between the system and the device, make sure that the device is kept at a safe distance. The distance should be at least 22 cm (9 in) away from any transmitter. In rare circumstances, interference may cause an implanted medical device to malfunction. Malfunction of implanted medical devices may cause injury or death.


For more information on the locations of the security system transmitters, see SMART KEY TRANSMITTER LOCATIONS.


Never leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle. The vehicle can be operated when the smart key is inside the vehicle. Doing so may potentially result in accident or unauthorised operation.


The operational range of the smart key varies considerably, depending on atmospheric conditions and interference from other transmitting devices.


If any door, or the taildoor, is unlocked ten times within a short period, the locking latch disables for approximately 1 minute.


A replacement smart key can be obtained only from a retailer/authorised repairer. The retailer/authorised repairer will require proof of identification and ownership. Notify a retailer/authorised repairer immediately if a smart key is lost or stolen.


The security system disarms automatically when the vehicle is unlocked with a smart key. However, if a door is not opened within 40 seconds, the security system re-engages the locks and the alarm (where fitted) re-arms. Automatic re-locking and re-arming is a precautionary action to protect the vehicle when it is unintentionally left unlocked.

The vehicle is supplied with two smart keys. The smart keys act as remote controls for the locking and alarm system. The smart keys allow the vehicle to be locked, unlocked, and driven without the use of a conventional key. Each smart key also has an emergency key inserted in the smart key's body. See EMERGENCY LOCKING, KEYLESS ENTRY and STARTING THE ENGINE.

Use of the smart key to operate the vehicle locks:

  1. Lock: Press to secure the vehicle. The vehicle locks. In some markets, a second press double locks the vehicle. If power-fold mirrors are enabled, the mirrors fold in. Press and hold to activate the global closing feature, if available. See SINGLE LOCKING, DOUBLE LOCKING, DOOR MIRRORS and GLOBAL CLOSING.

  2. Unlock: Press briefly to unlock the vehicle and disarm the alarm. The hazard warning lights flash twice to indicate that the vehicle is unlocked and the alarm is disarmed. The interior lights illuminate to assist entry to the vehicle. If power-fold mirrors are enabled, the mirrors unfold. See DOOR MIRRORS.

  3. Headlights: When approaching the vehicle during darkness, press to switch on the headlights to provide approach illumination. Press again to switch approach illumination off. The approach illumination preset delay period is 30 seconds. The delay period can be configured to provide illumination lasting between 0 and 240 seconds. See SYSTEM SETTINGS.


    Make sure the smart key is not left inside the vehicle before closing the taildoor. The smart key may not be detected if kept inside a metal container, or shielded by a device with a back-lit LCD screen. For example, a smartphone, laptop, including when inside a bag, or a games console. Also, if the vehicle is in an area of localised Radio Frequency (RF) interference, the smart key may not be detected. If the smart key is not detected inside the vehicle, the vehicle can still be locked. However, the vehicle does not automatically unlock. The vehicle unlocks only with another valid smart key.

  4. Taildoor: Press briefly to unlock the taildoor. If the vehicle is locked and armed, all of the other doors remain closed and the exterior alarm remains armed while the taildoor is open. Press the lock button (1) to lock the taildoor when closed.

  5. Panic alarm: Press and hold for 3 seconds, or press three times within 3 seconds, to activate the horn and the hazard warning lights. Once active for more than 5 seconds, the alarm can be cancelled. Press the button and hold for 3 seconds, or press three times within 3 seconds. The panic alarm also cancels if a valid smart key is present when the START/STOP button is pressed.

  6. Emergency key blade: Push the release button.

  7. Emergency key blade: Pull to withdraw the key blade.

  8. Emergency unlock: Insert key blade into key barrel and rotate counter-clockwise to unlock door.

  9. Keyless unlock: Press button on front of door handle to lock the vehicle.