The Discovery’s interior has space for seven adults with some space left over for luggage – that said, your middle-row passengers will feel like they’re squatting rather than sitting
Sitting in the Discovery’s driving seat is a bit like reclining in a throne. It towers over most other cars, so you get a brilliant view of the road ahead and even basic S models get eight-way adjustable seats that mean you’ll get comfortable no matter what shape and size you are.
Trade up to an SE car and you get heated front seats with 12-way adjustment. HSE models get 16-way adjustable front seats with heating for the front and rear passengers, while HSE luxury models’ front pews are also ventilated to cool your backside on boiling summer days.
The middle row of seats are also pretty spacious, although the low seats almost make it feel like you’re squatting rather than sitting. Nevertheless, knee and head room are good and the small hump in the boot floor, plus the car’s width, means your passengers can sit three abreast without feeling too crushed.
Even the rearmost row of seats can carry adults – not often the case in a seven-seater SUV. Even with the middle seats rolled back on their runners as far as they’ll go, there’s room for an adult of under six foot to have just enough knee room and headroom is decent even if they sit up straight.
All Discovery models come with five Isofix points – one in the front, two in the middle row and a pair in the back. Fitting a child seat to the middle row is easy. The back doors open wide and the Discovery’s height means you don’t have to bend your back when you’re locating the base to the Isofix points, which are easy to see under pull-up flaps. Once it’s located, the seat slides in easily enough on top.
The Discovery’s interior storage is very impressive. The front door bins can swallow a 1.5-litre bottle of water each and you get two big gloveboxes (only one in S models) stacked on top of each other. You get two cupholders in between the front seats, but they can slide out the way to reveal another deep cubby.
The space under the front-centre armrest is even deeper and for an extra £235 can be cooled, but the best bit is the hidden cubby behind the climate controls that’s ideal for hiding your valuables – although it’s only available on HSE and HSE Luxury models. The door bins for the middle row of seats are also big, all but S models get a rear armrest with two cupholders, and you get two airplane-style pockets on the back of each front seat.
You could read a good book in the time it takes for the Discovery’s electric seats to fold into the floor
The Land Rover Discovery’s load bay is pretty practical. All models come with an electrically operated tailgate that, in HSE and HSE Luxury models, can also be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper.
Standard across the range is a powered inner tailgate, which drops over the back bumper when you open the boot, giving you somewhere to sit when taking your wellies off. It also means there’s no load lip to lift heavy luggage over.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that the much-advertised electrical Intelligent Seat Fold system is only fitted as standard to HSE Luxury models. It allows you to fold individual middle and back row seats remotely using an app on your smartphone, so the car can be ready for loading on your return from a holiday abroad.
Even with all seven seats up, the Discovery has a 258-litre load area – roughly the size of a VW Up’s city car’s boot, which should be enough for a few bags of shopping. Fold down the rear row of seats and the total capacity rises to a huge 1,137 litres – plenty for a family of five’s luggage for a fortnight. Drop all the rear seats down and the total capacity rises to an almost never-ending 2,406 litres, which will be very handy if you have a house move or incurable addiction to Swedish flat-pack furniture.