2020 Defender



Make sure the relevant safety warnings have been read and understood before starting the vehicle. See STARTING SAFETY.

To start the engine:

  1. Make sure a valid smart key is inside the vehicle.

  2. Make sure Park (P) is selected.

  3. Press the brake pedal firmly.

  4. Press and release the engine START/STOP button. See DRIVER CONTROLS.

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


Petrol engines only: When starting the engine, the idle speed may rise. The rise in idle speed helps the engine reach its optimum operating temperature quickly, improving fuel efficiency.


Diesel engines only: The delay period before cranking begins is longer in low ambient temperatures. The extended delay period is due to extended glow plug operation. During this extended delay period, the brake pedal must remain firmly pressed.

Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that safe driver exit conditions are met. See DRIVER EXIT.


Failure to leave the vehicle in a safe condition may cause an accident, leading to injury or death.


For vehicles with a diesel engine, a different starting procedure may be required if the vehicle has ran out of fuel. See RUNNING OUT OF FUEL.