Buyer’s Guide to the Land Rover Discovery

Buyer’s Guide to the Land Rover Discovery

We take a brief look at the seven-seat SUV that’s perfectly suited for both on- and off-road driving.

The Land Rover Discovery has been around for some time, but now in its fifth generation, the large SUV is at its most advanced point yet.

Although the rather boxy styling might not be to everyone’s taste, the quality of the product is in no doubt and it remains as one of the best options on the market.

We take a brief look at the Discovery and tell you what it can offer.

Land Rover Discovery

What engines are available?

Land Rover provides Discovery customers have the choice of three different power units – a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel developing 237bhp, a 302bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a sole petrol unit, a 2.0-litre Ingenium unit producing 296bhp.

All the units are paired to four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the V6 diesel the pick of the range in terms of performance – going from 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds and reaching a top speed of 125mph. For those wanting efficiency, the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel can return upwards of 37mpg and still get the Discovery from standstill to 60mph in 8.5 seconds.

The petrol isn’t far behind the V6 diesel in terms of performance, getting the SUV from 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds – but it is the least efficient, as it only achieves close to 30mpg.

What specifications are there?

The Discovery is available in four trim levels – S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury – with a further three-door Commercial option also available. You do get a lot of kit from the base level, as S models feature 19-inch alloy wheels, black detailing, heated door mirrors, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with sound system, air conditioning, lane keep assist, driver condition monitor, cruise control with speed limiter and folding rear seats.

Models further up the list come with more premium features, such as leather upholstery, LED headlights and daytime running lights, further driver assistance systems, a panoramic roof, larger alloy wheels, rear entertainment displays and better sound systems supplied by Meridian.

The Commercial version only has two seats and comes with an expansive load space in the rear instead of the standard passenger space. It comes with air suspension, leather seats, a 10-inch touchscreen with six speakers, 19-inch alloy wheels and heated door mirrors and windscreen.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery

How much does the Discovery cost?

Prices for the Land Rover Discovery start at £47,405, putting it well into the premium SUV segment. The top-end HSE Luxury model costs from £67,585 and that features many of the Discovery’s high-end options, while the business-suited Commercial model are available from £49,475.

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