Land Rover Discovery

Seven-seat off-roader goes posh

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  • Attractive exterior
  • Capable off road
  • Practical
  • Less rugged than the old one
  • Expensive range-topping model
  • Hasn’t been driven yet
 

£43,495 - £68,295 Price range

 

7 Seats

 

26 - 43 MPG

Review

What may look like a Discovery Sport that’s been magnified is actually the new Land Rover Discovery – the most ‘adventurous’ Land Rover you can have now the utilitarian Defender is consigned to the history books. The new Discovery competes with the likes of Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, but promises off-road ability (and badge kudos to match) that its rivals can only dream of.

More on that in a minute, though, because even Land Rover knows its Discovery is really destined for school runs rather than outback excursions and, as such, it needs to be practical.

Thankfully, it features a similar seven-seat layout to the outgoing model and even with five people on board you’ll have access to a vast 1,137-litre load bay – rising to a simply colossal 2,406 litres with the rear seats folded.

The cabin has been treated to an all-new design and a host of additional kit. A new 10-inch infotainment system, nine USB ports and secure storage for five small tablets come as standard while a WiFi hotspot is optional.

The engine range is reasonable with an efficient four-cylinder diesel (capable of up to 44mpg) offering 240hp, a 258hp six-cylinder diesel that is perfect for towing and a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol that’s quick but also expensive to run. All cars come with an eight-speed automatic as standard.

The new slimmer look sees 480kg lopped from the old model’s weight – that should improve handling, acceleration, and fuel efficiency considerably, though we’ll have to wait to drive the car to confirm this is the case.

Standard S model cars come with comfy air suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, terrain response and climate control as standard. SE adds leather upholstery, sat-nav, a panoramic glass roof, LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. Finally, HSE Luxury versions come kitted out with softer leather, larger 21-inch alloy wheels, an electric sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment package as standard.

From launch, First Edition trim will top the range, but the aluminium door trim, black-painted roof and 22-inch alloy wheels don’t seem to justify the £5,000 premium over the HSE Luxury models, though, only 600 First Edition models will be made.

 

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