0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2247 g/km

There's nothing quite like a Land Rover Discovery and the improved version of this fifth generation model continues to offer the toughest, the most practical and the most capable choice in the large SUV sector. Enhancements include a smarter look, the adoption of MHEV mild hybrid engine technology and a much higher standard of media connectivity from the revised cabin. Yet the Discovery remains a supremely practical choice for up to seven adults and is an easy class-leader off the beaten track. In the large family SUV segment, there's nothing quite like it.


As ever, the Land Rover Discovery is the most practical and capable large SUV you could choose. Now the opposition has even more to fret about, courtesy of improvements to this fifth generation model. Jonathan Crouch reports

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There's nothing quite like a Land Rover Discovery and the improved version of this fifth generation model continues to offer the toughest, the most practical and the most capable choice in the large SUV sector. Enhancements include a smarter look, the adoption of MHEV mild hybrid engine technology and a much higher standard of media connectivity from the revised cabin. Yet the Discovery remains a supremely practical choice for up to seven adults and is an easy class-leader off the beaten track. In the large family SUV segment, there's nothing quite like it.


Without the Discovery model line, it's doubtful whether the Land Rover brand would even exist today. Launched back in 1989, the original version merely bolted more spacious bodywork onto an aging Range Rover chassis, but the sales it generated were enough to save the company. They also financed a more sophisticated five cylinder air suspended model in 1998 at the same time as the company's engineers were busily beavering away at something much better, third generation Discovery3 of 2004 which was ultimately developed into the Discovery4 of 2009. It took a further eight years before this more unusually-styled fifth generation model arrived, a car now thoroughly enhanced with JLR's latest MHEV electrified engine tech and media features. Potentially then, lots to look forward to.

Driving Experience

There's still something very special about a place behind the wheel of a Discovery. In contrast to more car-like rivals, it's not a cockpit-like experience with all the controls angled towards you as they would be in, say a Range Rover Sport. No, this is different - a place of command: a place to do business with the elements, be they the snake-infested swamps of the rainy season in the Serengeti or the snarled-up traffic of a wet windy morning on the school run. This improved version of the fifth generation model gets a more capable Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and Jaguar Land Rover's latest engine tech, all the units paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Only the entry-level P300 four cylinder 300hp petrol variant does without electrified assistance. Otherwise, the brand's 48V MHEV mild hybrid tech features across the line-up's remaining three 3.0-litre six cylinder powerplants. Most will want one of the diesels, either the D250, which has 570Nm of torque and 249PS; or the D300, which offers 650Nm of torque and 300hp. There's also a six cylinder petrol variant, the P360, with 500Nm of torque and 360hp. All variants get impressive towing capability, the diesel variants offering a class-leading 3,500kg braking towing total. Plus Land Rover has developed clever technology to make this towing ability more accessible. Advanced Tow Assist is an ingenious development which allows drivers to complete potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres when towing trailers, caravans and horseboxes with ease. As before, there's class-leading off road ability thanks to permanent 4WD and the standard 'Terrain Response' system. An optional Configurable Terrain Response set-up allows drivers to fine-tune the Discovery's throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and suspension settings to suit their preferences and requirements.

Design and Build

All the usual Discovery styling cues remain firmly in evidence - the clamshell bonnet, the stepped roof and the highly visible C-pillar. Visual changes to this improved Discovery are subtle. The signature LED headlights create a more purposeful look, plus there are animated sweeping front and rear indicators and a body-colour front fender vent. There are smarter signature LED rear lights too, which are joined across the back of vehicle by a new Gloss Black panel. Customers can also make their Discovery more eye-catching with an optional 'R-Dynamic' pack, which brings a revised front bumper and more purposeful Gloss Black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents. Inside, the key change is the adoption of JLR's latest 'Pivi Pro' centre-dash infotainment monitor with its bigger 11.4-inch full-HD touchscreen. This offers more immediate response, over-the-air updates, plus dual-SIM technology with LTE modems. It complements the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display digital instrument cluster screen, which can include a high-definition 3D navigation mapping. The steering wheel and gear selector have been re-styled too. The second row seats have been redesigned with longer, thicker cushions, better lateral support and careful seat profiling. But the fold-out third row chairs are no more comfortable than before. We like the Discovery's stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front, ensuring every seat is the best seat in the house. Unlike some of this car's 7-seat SUV rivals, the third row chairs are designed for adults as well as kids. Auto Access Height technology reduces the ride-height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle. You can specify a gesture-controlled powered inner tailgate and even with all three seating rows upright, there's still 258-litres of luggage space. With the first two seating rows in place, there's 1,137-litres of room. With everything folded, that rises to 2,391-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £52,000; that's for the base D250 diesel variant. You'll need around £4,000 more to graduate up to the gutsier D300. The base P300 petrol version costs around £53,000. There are three trim levels; 'S', 'R-Dynamic S' and 'R-Dynamic SE' and pricing rises up to around £65,000. There's also a Discovery Commercial van variant. A key standard equipment feature across the range is the 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system. And you're going to want to look at options like the 'Activity Key', a wristband that allows you to dispense with the usual key for when you're engaged in lifestyle country activities. Other key extras include a cabin ioniser, a head-up display and a gesture-controlled tailgate. There are various optional Meridian sound systems. And we'd also want Land Rover's Click and Go tablet holders, incorporated into the front seatbacks. The easy-to-use system also includes USB-A charging sockets that are perfectly located to minimise trailing wires. Using the onboard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, which is capable of linking up to eight devices, rear passengers can be entertained on even the longest journeys. You should also consider the upgraded 'Terrain Response 2' driving modes system, which adds extra drive modes and a set-and-forget 'auto' setting.

Cost of Ownership

It would be wrong to say that the MHEV mild hybrid engine tech has transformed this Discovery's running costs because it hasn't, but it's made a useful difference and has kept efficiency competitive. MHEV tech is based around use of a Belt integrated Starter Generator in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost under deceleration, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear load space. It's able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine under acceleration, while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. Let's get to the WLTP figures, starting with the diesels. Both the D250 and the D300 manage 33.5mpg on the combined cycle and 221g/km of CO2. It's a different story with the conventional P300 four cylinder petrol variant of course - 25.0mpg and 255g/km of CO2. Even the faster six cylinder P360 petrol variant does better (thanks to its MHEV tech), managing 26.4mpg and 241g/km. Of course, the driver will need to play his or her part in pursuit of cleanliness and frugality, selecting the 'Terrain Response' system's 'ECO' mode as often as possible and keeping an eye on the 'Eco Data' part of the infotainment screen. Here, you get various screen options. There's one that shows you the 'Energy Impact' of various electrical items. And another with so-called 'Eco Tips' that are supposed to improve your frugality. More useful is the 'Driving Style' display that marks your driving efficiency from 1 to 5 in three areas - 'acceleration', 'speed and engine' and 'braking' and gives you a percentage-based 'Driving Score' as a result. There's also a 'History' screen that graphically shows your recent efforts at frugality, awarding you a little trophy for your most economical journey.


The world takes on a different appearance from behind the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery. At the helm, you know you're in a car that can take on just about anything, be that a seven-up trip to the Alps or a relaxing ride home on a wet and slippery winter's night. But it's only when you put it through its paces in properly extreme terrain that the genius in its design becomes fully apparent. How can a car capable of such extremes on the rough stuff be so utterly easy to use on the school run? Only Land Rover knows. The more sophisticated design and clever in-car connectivity improvements of the enhanced version of this fifth generation model are welcome but ultimately, the recipe is as before. There's a clever, classless feel about this car that nothing else can quite replicate. Other rival SUVs claim to be tough but at the wheel, you're always a little hesitant to see them prove that. A Discovery's different, a uniquely capable SUV and a British success story that we should be proud of.

  • Electric front windows
  • Heated washer jets
  • Rear electric windows
  • Intelligent automatic heated front and rear windscreen
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers

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

  • Dynamic stability control
  • Electronic air suspension

  • InControl remote premium
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • 360 parking aid with front and rear sensors and visual display
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Power assisted steering

  • Power inner tailgate
  • Stop/start system

  • Driver condition monitor
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display
  • InControl Touch navigation pro
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Clear exit monitor

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • InControl app
  • InControl protect
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

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

  • Automatic headlights with follow me home lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Auto high beam assist
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Headlight washers

  • Premium leather steering wheel
  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • Grained Leather upholstery + 12 way electric front seats
  • Overhead storage box/sunglasses holder
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Loadspace cover
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Front armrest
  • Twin front cupholders

  • Ambient lighting

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

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

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

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Single speed transfer box

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 222
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 257
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 349
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 362
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 241
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 265
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 208
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 229
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 248
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 276
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 271
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 247

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 24.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 33.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 18.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 17.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 30.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 27.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 25.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 23.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 25.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 23.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 15.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 16
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 12

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 38E
  • 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: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: Si4
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 125
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • 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
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/60 R19

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2086
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3070
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 90
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 258
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 984
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2406
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • Premium carpet mats: £220

  • Rear view camera: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Blind spot assist: £510
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go: £0
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter: £0
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist: £0
  • 360 degree surround camera: £650

  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid: £445
  • Power tailgate/boot lid: Included
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • Head up Display: £1,080
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster: £520

  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £220
  • Power fold, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: Included

  • Natural shadow oak veneer: £215
  • Dark satin brushed aluminium trim finisher: £135
  • Gloss black interior trim: Included

  • 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: Included
  • Meridian sound system with 10" touch screen, 10 speakers + subwoofer, Bluetooth, DAB, radio/CD/DVD, twin USB and voice recognition: £555
  • 2 USB charging ports in second row: Included

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

  • Front fog lights: £220
  • Signature Hi-line tail lights: £170
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with signature DRL: £410
  • LED headlights with signature DRL: Included

  • Four zone climate control: £670
  • Two zone climate control: Included
  • Cabin air ionisation: £140
  • Park heat with remote control: £1,080

  • 2x 12V power socket in second row: £115
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: Included
  • Front centre console cooler compartment: £245
  • Loadspace partition net: £110
  • Heated steering wheel: £230
  • 12V power point front: Included
  • Ebony morzine headlining: £300

  • Smokers pack - Discovery: £40
  • Drive pack with Adaptive cruise control - Discovery: £1,990
  • Driver assist pack - Discovery SE/Landmark Edition: £2,905
  • Versatile climate comfort pack - Discovery SE/Landmark Edition: £520
  • Vision assist pack - Discovery SE/Landmark Edition: £1,150
  • Black exterior pack - Discovery: £420

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

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

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £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: £330
  • Heated front seats: Included

  • Keyless entry: £895
  • Activity key: £330

  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,130
  • Detachable towbar: £780

  • Grained leather - Acorn/Ebony + 12 way electric front seats: £0
  • Grained leather - Ebony/Ebony + 12 way electric front seats: £0

  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss black finish: £2,225
  • 21" 10 split spoke alloy wheels - style 1012 with gloss black finish: £3,335
  • 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
  • 21" 9 spoke alloy wheels - style 9002 with gloss sparkle silver: £2,775
  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss sparkle silver: £3,885

  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £100
  • 21" full size alloy spare wheel: £205
  • 22" full size alloy spare wheel: £305
  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: £0
  • 19" full size alloy spare wheel: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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