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LAND ROVER Discovery
Land Rover Discovery Review
- Plush interior
- Improved on-road experience
- Brilliant off-road
- High levels of practicality
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Land Rover Discovery 2.0 SD4 240hp SE
Land Rover Discovery - Overview
The Land Rover Discovery is the big, practical and classy seven-seat off-roader that tops the Land Rover line-up. Sitting above the Discovery Sport, the new Discovery is a big step up in styling terms, with the more rounded family look replacing the squarer previous design, and it’s a perfect combination of family workhorse and luxury transport.
What is the Land Rover Discovery like to drive?
Land Rover has used lightweight aluminium materials to shave off a huge 480kg compared to the previous car and it has made for a much more nimble car. It’s still a big, tall off-roader, but doesn’t feel unwieldy, and is more fun to drive than a big seven-seat SUV. It’s certainly a noticeable step up from the last car. Refinement and ride quality are what you’d expect from a luxury model, offering a smooth and relaxed experience, and the steering is well-weighted. The eight-speed automatic transmission, that’s standard across the range, shifts smoothly. The Discovery is very much a true Land Rover in terms of its off-road abilities, employing a variety of clever technology to comfortably get further into the wilderness than drivers of an expensive luxury vehicle are ever likely to want to go.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 3.0 340hp 254g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 26.0mpg
- 2.0 240hp, 171g/km CO2 (36% BIK), 43.5mpg
- 3.0 258hp, 189g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 39.2mpg
- 8-speed automatic
Land Rover Discovery trim levels explained
Land Rover has four trim levels with the Discovery, with just the entry S specification only available with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. All other trims can be had with any of the three engine alternatives.
- Air conditioning
- 19” alloy wheels
- Third row of seats
- Lane departure warning
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control
- 3 USB sockets
- 8.0” touchscreen
- Five Isofix points
- Powered tailgate
- Five-mode terrain response system
SE (in addition to S)
- Satellite navigation
- Heated leather electric front seats
- Front fog lights
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Automatic lights and wipers
- LED headlights
- Dual-zone climate control
- Front passenger Isofix
- Power folding mirrors
HSE (in addition to SE)
- 20” alloys
- 10.0” touchscreen
- Keyless entry
- Panoramic roof
- Power-fold third row of seats
- Six USB sockets
- Memory front seats
- Rear camera
- Blind-spot warning and reverse traffic assist
- Heated rear seats
- High beam assist
HSE Luxury (in addition to HSE)
- 21” alloy wheels
- Electric sunroof
- Cooled front seats
- Four-zone climate control
- Surround camera
- Heated steering wheel
How to spec the Land Rover Discovery
The SE trim gives everything that drivers would need, though the £7,500 jump to HSE brings a raft of extra very attractive toys if it can be afforded. There’s a surprisingly small gap of £1,300 between the 2.0 and 3.0 diesel engines, but the efficiency difference means the smaller one is perfect for most drivers, unless the Discovery is going to be used for towing, where the extra grunt is welcome. Speaking of towing, a detachable towbar is a £700 option, rising to £985 for the electrically deployable one. Other key options include £195 for a heated steering wheel, £315 for black or silver roof rails and £390 for rear privacy glass.
Land Rover Discovery interior – what’s it like?
Land Rover has done a typically great job on an interior that is classy, comfortable and high-quality. The upgraded infotainment system is a step up from the old one and offers increased connectivity. There is enough space to carry seven adults, with all getting a decent view ahead thanks to the Discovery’s so-called stadium seating with each row higher than the one in front. The boot takes a whopping 1,137 litres of luggage with the third row folded and, on the higher two trim levels, the five rearmost seats can be raised or lowered using an app on the owner’s smartphone.
Land Rover Discovery alternatives
Other models to consider include the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GLS and Volvo XC90.
A great reinvigoration of the Discovery, this new model is stylish, much better to drive and takes a big step forwards in terms of technical advancement and equipment. Practical and clever enough to carry seven adults into the back of beyond, it’s a fantastic all-rounder.