LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SW 2.0 Si4 HSE Luxury 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

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.

DISCO FEVER

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

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

Summary

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

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

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Electronic air suspension
  • Dynamic stability control

  • InControl remote premium
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit
  • Blind spot assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Speed proportional steering
  • 360 parking aid with front and rear sensors and visual display
  • Power assisted steering
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter

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

  • Driver condition monitor
  • InControl Touch navigation pro
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Clear exit monitor

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights

  • Extended interior trim palette

  • Meridian surround sound system with 10" touch screen, 14 speakers + subwoofer, Bluetooth, DAB, radio/CD/DVD, twin USB and voice recognition
  • 8" Rear seat entertainment system
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • InControl app
  • InControl protect

  • Bright sill plates
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Metal tread plates
  • HSE luxury badge

  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Headlight washers
  • Automatic headlights with follow me home lights
  • Signature Hi-line tail lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Auto high beam assist

  • Four zone climate control

  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • Twin front covered cupholders
  • Premium leather steering wheel
  • Shopping hook
  • Front armrest
  • Fascia storage compartment
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Loadspace cover
  • Electric adjustable steering column

  • Configurable ambient interior lighting wih illuminated door bins

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

  • Electric front headrests
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
  • Front passenger seat isofix location point
  • Rear headrests
  • Isofix on 3rd row seats
  • Electrically reclining rear seats
  • Front winged headrests
  • 2 x third row seats with reading lamps, USB charging points and under floor storage
  • Powered third row seats
  • Intelligent seat fold

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

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Single speed transfer box

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 220
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 258
  • 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
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • 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): 28.8
  • 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: 40E
  • 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: HSE LUXURY
  • 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: 9 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 275/45 R21

  • 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

  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist: £0
  • Rear view camera: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go: Included
  • Wade Sensing: £275
  • 360 degree surround camera: £650

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • Head up Display: £1,080
  • 10" touch pro dual view screen: £655

  • Titanium mesh trim finisher: £0
  • Gloss charcoal oak veneer: £375
  • Full extended leather upgrade: £1,020
  • Dark satin brushed aluminium trim finisher: £0
  • Natural shadow oak veneer: Included
  • Natural Charcoal Oak veneer: £0

  • Digital TV: £920
  • 2 USB charging ports in second row: Included

  • Fixed front and rear panoramic sunroofs with electric sunblind functionality and rear reading lights: £0
  • Sliding front sunroof and fixed rear panoramic roof with rear reading lights: Included
  • Body colour roof: Included
  • Silver roof rails: £330
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Black roof rails: £330
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,730
  • Black contrast roof: £815

  • Adaptive LED Headlights with signature DRL: £410
  • LED headlights with signature DRL: Included

  • Cabin air ionisation: £140
  • Park heat with remote control: £1,080

  • Front centre console cooler compartment: £245
  • 2x 12V power socket in second row: £115
  • Loadspace partition net: £110
  • Windsor leather upholstery + 16 way electric front seats with massage function and driver memory: £910
  • Windsor leather upholstery + 16 way electric front seats with driver memory: Included
  • Ebony morzine headlining: £300
  • Bright metal foot pedals: £0
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: Included
  • 12V power point front: Included

  • Smokers pack - Discovery: £40
  • Dynamic pack 1 - Discovery: £1,395
  • Technology plus pack - Discovery: £1,150
  • Dynamic pack 1 with Narvik Black contrast roof - Discovery: £2,210
  • Driver assist pack - Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury: £970
  • 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Pack - Discovery HSE Luxury: £1,635
  • Black exterior pack - Discovery: £420

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

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

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

  • First aid kit: £55

  • Heated and cooled front seats with heated rear seats: Included
  • Heated and cooled front seats with heated rear and third row seats: £330
  • Heated and cooled front and rear seats: £545
  • Heated and cooled front and rear seats with heated third row seats: £870

  • Activity key: £330

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

  • Windsor Leather - Ebony/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with driver memory: £0
  • Windsor leather - Glacier/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with driver memory: £0
  • Windsor leather - Light oyster/Expresso + 16 way electric front seats with driver memory: £0
  • Windsor leather - Vintage Tan/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with driver memory: £0
  • Windsor Leather - Ebony/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with massage function and driver memory: £910
  • Windsor leather - Glacier/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with massage function and driver memory: £910
  • Windsor leather - Light oyster/Expresso + 16 way electric front seats with massage function and driver memory: £910
  • Windsor leather - Vintage Tan/Ebony + 16 way electric front seats with massage function and driver memory: £910

  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss black finish: £0
  • 21" 10 split spoke alloy wheels - style 1012 with gloss black finish: £1,120
  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5025 with satin dark grey diamond turned finish: £2,225
  • 21" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5025 with satin dark grey finish: £1,120
  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss black finish: £2,225
  • 20" 10 split spoke alloy wheels - style 1011 with gloss sparkle silver: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss sparkle silver: £0
  • 21" 9 spoke alloy wheels - style 9002 with gloss sparkle silver: Included
  • 22" 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: £0
  • 21" full size alloy spare wheel: Included
  • 22" full size alloy spare wheel: £100

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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