0 - 62 mph8.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2220 g/km

There's nothing quite like a Land Rover Discovery and not much comes close to matching the versatility of this latest fifth generation version. Whether it's carrying seven people in comfort, crossing deserts or cutting it in the company car park, this SUV does the lot. It's also lighter on its toes and your wallet in four cylinder diesel Sd4 form. So, is the Discovery the ultimate four by four? Let's find out.


To try and offer higher levels of efficiency, Land Rover is providing the fifth generation version of its large Discovery SUV with a four cylinder Sd4 diesel engine. The experts at Car & Driving check out what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

There's nothing quite like a Land Rover Discovery and not much comes close to matching the versatility of this latest fifth generation version. Whether it's carrying seven people in comfort, crossing deserts or cutting it in the company car park, this SUV does the lot. It's also lighter on its toes and your wallet in four cylinder diesel Sd4 form. So, is the Discovery the ultimate four by four? Let's find out.


Land Rover faces ever tougher competition whenever it launches the next incarnation of its Discovery. With this fifth generation model, there are rivals from all corners that offer a sporty drive, great off-road ability or a luxury experience. Yet none of them quite combines all of those elements in one package the way the Brit does and this is what has always made the Discovery stand head and shoulders above its rivals. This MK5 model is mostly made from aluminium. That's helped shave 450 kilograms from the car's weight, which makes it much better on fuel consumption and more agile to drive. There are also new motors under the bonnet, including the 2.0-litre Sd4 turbodiesel we're going to look at here, a unit that aims to keep this large SUV firmly among company car drivers' choices.

Driving Experience

It feels wonderful to be sat in the driver's seat of this Land Rover Discovery. It gives a great view of the road ahead and all around, so you feel safe and in complete control. That sensation is helped along by the way this fifth generation model behaves, which has a lot to do with it being 450 kilograms lighter than its predecessor thanks to ditching a separate chassis in favour of an aluminium core structure. As a result, it goes round corners with little body lean and, thanks to its air suspension, glides over bumps that would upset some its rivals. Of course, this is still a large SUV, so some care is needed when negotiating narrow entrances, but a turning circle of 12.3 metres aids the Land Rover to nip through town and along country lanes with equal composure. As for the motorway, you'll find it stable and very hushed in the cabin. The calm inside the Discovery has a lot to do with what's under the bonnet in the shape of the engine line-up. Most buyers will choose the 2.0-litre 'Sd4' turbodiesel unit we're looking at here - this is the smallest diesel motor every fitted to this green oval model. Mind you, it packs a big punch courtesy of 500 Newton metres of torque that arrives at a mere 1500rpm. You never have to work it hard and there's always enough oomph for overtaking, towing or cruising. Use its full potential and 0-62mph comes up in 8.0 seconds. As with all Discoverys in this range, an eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted that assists with ease of driving and maximising efficiency.

Design and Build

Since the day it was launched, the Discovery has always had a unique look that's not just set it apart from its rivals, but also made it stand out from the other models in Land Rover's line-up. This fifth generation design moves much closer to the rest of the range and shares much of its inspiration with its smaller Sport sister. Good or bad move on the company's part? That's up to you to decide, but at least there are some of the classic Discovery cues in evidence - the rear C-pillar and the stepped roof for instance. Once installed in the driver's chair, you have a commanding view of the road ahead and to the sides thanks to the elevation and large glass area. The main instrument display directly in front of the driver consists of an analogue speedo on the left and rev counter over on the right-hand side. Both are simple and clear, while in the centre is a digital display for fuel level and water temperature. Anything this can't tell you will be found on the centre-dash 'InControl Touch' colour touchscreen. As for the rear of the car, there's plenty of space in the second row - and adult-sized room in the fold-out third row seats too - which is unusual, even with large larger 7-seat SUVs. As for luggage space, well there's lots of it - up to 1,137-litres with the first two seating rows in place, or up to 2,406-litres with just the front seats in use.

Market and Model

The Discovery may have steadily become plusher with every successive generation, but Land Rover still pitches its prices that little bit below most of its key rivals. As a result, you'll need around £48,000 to drive away in an entry-level model with the 2.0-litre 'Sd4' turbodiesel engine. As with every model in this fifth generation range, that includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox and full-time four-wheel drive, as well as the dirt-defying 'Terrain Response' system. As for equipment across the range, well even the base 'S' model gets you 19-inch 'five split-spoke' design alloy wheels, halogen headlights with daytime running lamps, a heated windscreen and door mirrors with integrated puddle lights. The 'Brunel' front grille has a 'Narvik Black' plastic surround and there's more of the same for the wing vents and lower bumper sections. At the rear, a 'Powered Tailgate' takes the effort of out of opening the boot and there's also a 'powered Inner Tailgate' panel that drops down to make loading larger items easy. Body-coloured door handles lift the exterior appeal, while inside there's cloth fabric on the seats and eight-way manual adjustment for the front pews. Every Discovery comes with seven seats as standard in a 2-3-2 layout.

Cost of Ownership

Land Rover has made huge strides in making its cars more efficient and cheaper to run for its owners. At the heart of this push is a switch to an aluminium construction for this fifth generation Discovery. It saves 450 kilograms compared to the old model and, if you want to know how much that is, it's the equivalent of five rugby-playing passengers being removed from the weight of the car. As a result, it means this Mk5 model can now be offered with the 2.0-litre 'Sd4' turbodiesel engine we've been looking at here, a unit that offers up to 33.6mpg combined consumption and 197g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. Now, those figures are not quite as good as some in this sector, but you should bear in mind this British SUV comes with seven seats, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and full-time all-wheel drive as standard. Every model has 'Stop-Start' that automatically turns off the engine when the car is sat still in traffic. As soon as you release the brake pedal to press on the accelerator, the engine fires up ready for the off. The diesel-fuelled versions use 'AdBlue' to lessen the impact of the tailpipe gases. This works by injecting a urea-based solution into the hot exhaust that turns the harmful chemicals into water. You can top up this solution's tank yourself or any Land Rover dealer will fill it for you when required around every 9000 miles.


Is the Land Rover Discovery the ultimate large SUV? For many, the answer was already a resounding "yes" and we'd have to agree it's a tough act to better. The world just seems a better place when you're sat up in its commanding driver's seat. Whether you're heading to the shops, on the school run or a skiing holiday, this four by four does the lot with a relaxed ease that makes most rivals seem well behind the curve. Of course, it helps that Land Rover has made this fifth generation model lighter and even more packed with driver aids. Plus it's easier on running costs in this four cylinder Sd4 form. In summary, the Discovery is one of the most sophisticated, connected and just plain brilliant full-size SUVs you can choose. Noting quite matches the classless way it goes about its business.

  • Electric front windows
  • Rear electric windows
  • Intelligent automatic heated front and rear windscreen

  • Hill launch assist
  • Roll stability control
  • Gradient acceleration control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control

  • Dynamic stability control
  • Electronic air suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Lane keep assist
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Power assisted steering

  • Power tailgate/boot lid
  • Power inner tailgate
  • Stop/start system

  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator

  • Ebony trim finisher

  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • InControl protect

  • Black fender vents
  • No derivative and/or engine badge
  • Standard tread plates
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Halogen headlights
  • Headlight washers
  • Puddle lights
  • Rear fog lights

  • Cloth upholstery + 8 way manual front seats
  • Premium leather steering wheel
  • 12V power socket in second row
  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • Front armrest
  • Twin front cupholders
  • 12V power point front
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Overhead storage box/sunglasses holder
  • Loadspace cover

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Rear airbags

  • Isofix on 3rd row seats
  • Electric front headrests
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
  • Rear headrests
  • 60/40 load through rear seats with manual slide and recline
  • 2 x third row seats with reading lamps, USB charging points and under floor storage

  • Intrusion sensor
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Twin speed transfer box

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 197
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 288
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 315
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 249
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 247
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 247
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 220

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.4
  • CC: 1999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 48.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 33.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 38.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 34.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 34.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 30
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 30
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.4

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 33E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 240
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: S
  • Coin Description: SD4
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 177
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1400
  • Engine Power - BHP: 240
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.7
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/60 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/60 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2220
  • Height: 1888
  • Height (including roof rails): 1852
  • Length: 4956
  • Width: 2073
  • Wheelbase: 2923

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2109
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3130
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 77
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 258
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 1021
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2406
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Heated washer jets: £110
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers: £110

  • Premium carpet mats: £220

  • InControl remote premium: £0

  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £0
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Rear view camera: Included
  • Blind spot assist: £510
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go: £0
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0
  • 360 degree surround camera: £650
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist: £0
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter: £0
  • 360 parking aid with front and rear sensors and visual display: £0

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • InControl Touch navigation pro: £625
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster: £520
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot: £0
  • Clear exit monitor: £0

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: £140
  • Heated door mirrors: Included
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £440
  • Power fold, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £220

  • InControl app: £0
  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB: Included
  • Land Rover enhanced sound system with 10" touch screen, 10 speakers, radio, voice recognition and SMS read out USB, AUX and iPod connectivity: £330
  • Land Rover sound system with 10" touch screen, 6 speakers, radio, USB, AUX and iPod connectivity: Included
  • Meridian sound system with 10" touch screen, 10 speakers + subwoofer, Bluetooth, DAB, radio/CD/DVD, twin USB and voice recognition: £895

  • Sliding front sunroof and fixed rear panoramic roof with rear reading lights: £1,620
  • Black contrast roof: £815
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,730
  • Body colour roof: Included
  • Silver roof rails: £330
  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Black roof rails: £330
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Fixed front and rear panoramic sunroofs with electric sunblind functionality and rear reading lights: £1,295

  • Front fog lights: £220
  • Automatic headlights with follow me home lights: £85

  • Cabin air ionisation: £140
  • Four zone climate control: £730
  • Two zone climate control: £55
  • Air conditioning: Included
  • Park heat with remote control: £1,080

  • Heated steering wheel: £230
  • Ebony morzine headlining: £300
  • Front centre console cooler compartment: £245
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: Included

  • Vision assist pack - Discovery S: £550
  • Incontrol connect pro pack - Discovery: £455
  • Driver assist pack - Discovery: £3,470
  • Park pack - Discovery: £560
  • Drive pack with Adaptive cruise control - Discovery: £1,990
  • Smokers pack - Discovery: £40
  • Cold climate pack - Discovery: £780

  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £895
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £895
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £895
  • Metallic - Indus silver: £895
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £895
  • Metallic - Byron Blue: £895

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0
  • Solid - Narvik black: £0

  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Namib orange: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Farallon pearl black: £1,730

  • High speed emergency braking: £0
  • Autonomous emergency braking: Included
  • First aid kit: £55

  • Heated front and rear seats: £660
  • Heated front seats: £330

  • Detachable towbar: £780

  • Cloth - Ebony/Ebony + 8 way manual front seats: £0

  • 19" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5021 with gloss sparkle silver: Included
  • 20" 10 split spoke alloy wheels - style 1011 with gloss sparkle silver: £1,670
  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss sparkle silver: £1,670

  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: £0
  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £100
  • 19" full size alloy spare wheel: Included

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