0 - 62 mph6.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2223 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.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Variable intermittent wiper
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Acoustic laminated windscreen
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti-trap

  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Brake pre-fill technology
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Hill launch assist
  • Roll stability control
  • Gradient acceleration control
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Electronic traction control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Emergency brake assist

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Dynamic stability control
  • Electronic air suspension
  • Adaptive dynamics

  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play
  • Remote

  • Rear collision monitor
  • 3D surround camera
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Wade Sensing
  • Blind spot assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Remote boot release
  • Stop/start system
  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid
  • Power inner tailgate
  • Push button start
  • Click and go integrated base unit

  • Sportshift selector
  • Interactive driver display
  • 11.4" touchscreen
  • Clear exit monitor
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator

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

  • Meridian surround sound system - 14 speaker + subwoofer, 18 channel amplifier, 700W
  • Pivi pro connected
  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
  • Dynamic volume control
  • USB/aux input socket

  • D300 badge
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Narvik black Discovery script

  • LED desaturated signature tail lights
  • Animated directional indicators
  • Centre high mounted stop light
  • Puddle lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight power wash
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL
  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling

  • Ebony morzine headlining
  • Electric adjustable steering column
  • Loadspace cover
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Lockable glovebox
  • 12V power sockets
  • USB with 12V socket in centre console
  • Storage glovebox
  • Front and rear 12V with front USB
  • Luggage tie downs in loadspace
  • Twin front cupholders with cover
  • Shopping bag hook
  • Loadspace Hook
  • 12V USB charging socket in loadspace
  • Metal treadplates with R-Dynamic branding
  • In-facia storage
  • Central hinged twin lidded storage
  • First and second row door bins
  • Lower centre console storage
  • Third row storage

  • Premium cabin lighting
  • Loadspace light
  • Footwell lights
  • Overhead lighting console

  • R-Dynamic black exterior pack - Discovery
  • Online pack with data plan - Discovery

  • Seat belt reminder
  • Emergency braking
  • Power operated child locks
  • Customer configurable autolock
  • Rear airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front side airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags

  • Front passenger seat isofix location point
  • Rear ISOFIX

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

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Front axle open differential

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • All terrain tyres

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 223
  • HC: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 2996
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 31.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.9

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic HSE
  • Coin Description: D300
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.8
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 479
  • Engine Torque - NM: 650
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 66.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5124
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Length: 4956
  • Width: 2000
  • Wheelbase: 2923
  • Width (including mirrors): 2220
  • Height: 1888
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 172
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 898
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2362
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 89
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1997
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4

  • Privacy glass: £490
  • Heated washer jets: £110
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • All terrain progress control: £175
  • Terrain Response 2: £110
  • Configurable Terrain Response: £220

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • Head up Display: £1,080
  • Secure tracker pro: £710
  • Secure tracker: £550
  • Wifi enabled with data plan: £440

  • Natural shadow oak veneer: £350
  • Shadow aluminium trim finisher: Included
  • Natural Charcoal Oak veneer: £350
  • Gloss black trim finisher: £0
  • Full extended leather upgrade: £1,020
  • Titanium mesh trim finisher: £350

  • Fixed front and rear panoramic roofs: Included
  • Sliding front sunroof and fixed rear panoramic roof: £350
  • Silver roof rails: £330
  • Body colour roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Black roof rails: £330
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,730
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Black contrast roof: £900

  • Cabin pre-conditioning: £1,250
  • Three zone climate control: £435
  • Four zone climate control: £730
  • Two zone climate control: Included
  • Cabin Air Purification System with PM2.5 filter: £185

  • Loadspace partition net: £110
  • Luxtec/Suede cloth upholstery: £0
  • Front centre console cooler compartment: £245
  • Dinamica wrapped steering wheel: £450
  • Leather steering wheel: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £230
  • Windsor leather upholstery: Included

  • Smokers pack - Discovery: £40
  • Family pack - Discovery: £1,550
  • Hot climate pack - Discovery: £1,200
  • Towing pack - Discovery R-Dynamic SE/HSE: £1,550
  • Advanced off-road capability pack - Discovery: £685

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

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Namib orange: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £1,730
  • Premium metallic - Charente grey: £1,730

  • First aid kit: £55

  • 60/40 electric heated folding rear seats with manual slide and powered recline, centre headrest and armrest: Included
  • 60/40 electric heated and cooled folding rear seats with manual slide and powered recline, centre headrest and armrest: £500
  • 18 way heated electric memory front seats with captains armrest + manual height adjust headrest + 4way power lumbar support: £0
  • 20 way heated and cooled, massage electric memory front seat with captains armrest + power height adjust headrest + 4way power lumbar support: £800
  • 20 way heated and cooled, electric memory front seat with captains armrest + power height adjust headrest + 4way power lumbar support: Included
  • Electric third row seats: Included
  • Electric heated third row seats: £300
  • Intelligent seat fold: £435

  • Activity key: £330

  • Advanced tow assist: £385
  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,130
  • Detachable towbar: £780

  • Active rear locking differential: £1,080
  • Twin speed transfer box: £310
  • Single speed transfer box: Included

  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Light Oyster, Light Oyster/Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £0

  • Windsor Leather - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining: £0

  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with gloss sparkle silver: £0
  • 21" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5123 with gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish: £0
  • 21" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5025 with gloss black: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5122 with satin dark grey: £0
  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5124 with gloss black: £625
  • 22" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5124 with gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish: Included
  • 20" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - style 5011 with satin dark grey: £0

  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: Included
  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £760
  • 21" full size alloy spare wheel: £860
  • 22" full size alloy spare wheel: £960

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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