2020 Defender



Make sure the relevant safety warnings and cautions have been read and understood before towing a trailer. See TOWING SAFETY.

Maximum permissible towing weights Variant kg
Maximum tow mass of an unbraked trailer. All vehicles. 750
Maximum tow mass. All vehicles. 3 500
Nose weight (Certified).¹ All vehicles. 150
Maximum nose weight (Design).² Detachable tow ball. 200
Deployable tow ball. 350
Tow hitch tow ball. 350
Multi-height tow ball. 350
Tow ball mounted accessories. All vehicles. 66.8

Make sure to never exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), the Gross Train Weight (GTW), or the front and rear axle weights. See WEIGHTS.


Include the trailer's nose weight when calculating the GVW and the rear axle weight.


When calculating the vehicle's rear axle weight, the vehicle's payload weights must also be considered. Include the combined weights of all the rear passengers, the loadspace, roof rail, accessory equipment, and the trailer nose weight. The combined weights must never exceed the GVW or the maximum weights for the front and rear axles.


Make sure to observe and comply with the legal requirements for the country in which the vehicle is travelling.


¹When towing in the European Union (EU), the maximum GVW can be increased by 100 kg. The vehicle's maximum road speed is then limited to 97 km/h (60 mph). In this event, the maximum trailer nose weight is 150 kg when the vehicle is in its fully laden condition.


²The restricted maximum trailer nose weight only applies to trailers with overrun brakes. Make sure that the GVW, the GTW, and the maximum rear axle weight limits are not exceeded when applying the trailer nose weight. If required, reduce the weight of the vehicle's payload.

For further information, contact a retailer/authorised repairer and quote the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). See LABEL LOCATIONS.

2.0L engines:

Engine power output always reduces with increased altitude. At 1 000 m above sea level, and for every extra 1 000 m, deduct 10% from the GTW.

Australia only:

The trailer nose weight must not exceed 10% of the gross caravan or trailer weight.


The maximum nose weight only applies to trailers with braking systems compliant with ADR 38/02 Clause 5 and VSB1 Section 15. Make sure that the GVW, the GTW, and the maximum rear axle weight limits are not exceeded when applying the trailer nose weight. Reduce the vehicle's payload if required. For more information, visit https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2007C00493 and https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/vsb1/vsb_01_b.aspx#anc_15.