Land Rover Discovery interior
The Discovery’s interior looks smart and luxurious (so long as you avoid basic cars) but plastics feel cheaper than you’ll get in alternatives and the infotainment system isn’t brilliant
The Land Rover Discovery can offer an interior that gets close to the plushness found in a luxurious Range Rover, but you’ll have to pay for it.
As a result, entry-level S models feel quite basic. They don’t come with easy-to-clean leather upholstery as standard and they don’t have any expensive-looking trim pieces either. You do get some brushed-aluminum highlights, but the overriding theme is a little bit dark and basic – not what you expect from a car that costs this much.
SE models solve the two main gripes of the S model – they come with leather as standard and also have shiny black trim pieces. The latter can be upgraded to Brushed Linear Aluminium (£125) or Natural Shadow Oak (£205) – both are well-priced ways of making the interior look plusher.
HSE cars are genuinely luxurious. They come with softer Windsor leather which you can have in three colours – Ebony, Vintage Tan or Nimbus/Espresso (essentially white, which will be a nightmare to keep clean). You can also choose between Brushed Linear Aluminium, Natural Shadow Oak and Natural Charcoal Oak trims, or pay an extra £360 for High Gloss Charcoal Oak Veneer which is a needless expense.
HSE Luxury models sit at the top of the range, getting all the features of HSE cars plus an extended leather package that covers the dashboard and door cards, winged front headrests that cocoon your noggin in leather and configurable ambient lighting.
Entry-level Discoverys look pretty boring inside – not what you want when you're spending this much on a car
Almost unbelievably for a car of this price, the 10.0-inch InControl Touch touchscreen on Land Rover Discovery S models doesn’t have satellite-navigation as standard – if you want it, you’ll have to pay extra. It’s also worth noting that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available – so you can’t use your smartphone’s sat-nav app on the car’s screen.
SE, HSE and HSE Luxury models get the same InControl Touch infotainment system as S models, but with sat-nav fitted. It takes surprisingly long for it to come to life when you turn on the ignition, but once booted up it’s quick to respond and the ‘hot’ buttons make it easy to navigate to and from menus.
The touchscreen system is fine to use when you’re parked up, but not so easy when you’re on the move. The iDrive control in a BMW X5 is more intuitive and has a swivel-wheel control between the front seats so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road for prolonged periods of time.
InControl Protect is included in the price so the Discovery can call 999 automatically if you have an accident, while InControl Connect Pro adds features such as a WiFi hotspot and door-to-door navigation. The latter means the car’s sat-nav can transfer to your phone, guiding you on foot to your destination once you’ve parked the car.
The sound system you get depends on the model you go for. S models get a basic 80W stereo with six speakers, but SEs get the much better Land Rover Enhanced Sound System with a 250W output and 10 speakers. HSE models go one step better with a 380W Meridian system that has 10 speakers and a bone-rattling subwoofer, while HSE Luxury cars deliver a veritable wall of noise via their 14 speakers and huge, 825W output.