The Land Rover Discovery is one of the small handful of cars that earn the title of through-and-through off-roaders. These days though, it’s just as likely to be seen around town than off the beaten track, thanks to its incredible versatility.
The Discovery (often called a Disco) has three rows of seats, a large boot and a high driving position, which combine to make it a good choice for those wanting a big practical car – with the emphasis on big!
To help you work out whether the Discovery will fit into your life (and driveway), we’ve pulled together all its vital dimensions. If it looks like it’ll fit, then use our Discovery configurator to get the best deals direct from the UK’s best Land Rover dealers.
The Discovery is a truly imposing vehicle. It sits 1,887mm high and is 4,829mm long. Combined with a wheelbase of 2,885mm it won’t be the easiest thing to park in tight spaces. If you’re thinking of a car this size, however, that’s not likely to be at the top of the priority list. It isn’t svelte either, at over 2,200mm in width.
|Width (inc. mirrors)||2,200mm|
Inside is where the Discovery’s versatility is truly revealed. There are seven seats in all models, and even the rear-most two get an outrageous amount of room. For the other five, things are even better – front headroom is 1,020mm and a further 23mm is added to this for the middle row. Even at full capacity, you’d be unlikely to get any complaints from passengers.
|Headroom (third row)||983mm|
With the two rear seats down, the boot is cavernous – 1,260 litres should be ample room for most but, if the need arises, the other three seats go down too. That means 2,560 litres of space. To give you an idea of how capacious that really is, a Peugeot Bipper van manages 2,500 litres.
|Luggage capacity (rear seats up)||1,260 litres|
|Luggage capacity (rear seats down)||2,558 litres|
Fuel tank capacity and turning circle
The turning circle is 11.4 metres which is impressive considering Honda’s smaller CR-V needs 11.6 metres to complete a full turn. The diesel models get an 82-litre fuel tank, while the V6 petrol gets 86 litres. This’ll mean the most frugal 3.0-litre diesel could theoretically driver for 600 miles on a single tank of fuel.
|Fuel tank (petrol)||86 litres|
|Fuel tank (diesel)||82 litres|
|Turning circle||11.4 metres|
Weights, towing weight and off-road capability
The lightest version of the Discovery weighs in at 2,622kg. This is great news if you tow heavy items regularly – its maximum towing weight is 3,500kg. The Discovery makes for a practical SUV without its off-road capabilities, but it’d be rude not to include some figures of what the car’s capable of in tough conditions – they’re all in the table below. See our four-wheel-drive guide for more information on how it all works.
|Max. towing weight||3,500kg|
|Max. wading depth (off-road mode)||700mm|
|Approach angle (off-road mode)||36 degrees|
|Departure angle (off-road mode)||25 degrees|
Save money on the Discovery
If you’re swayed by the outstanding performance the Discovery offers, read our full, aggregated Discovery review and use our Discovery configurator to get the best deals on a new one from the UK’s leading Land Rover dealers. Alternatively, our car chooser can help you find the car for you amongst the 400+ currently on sale.