The previous-generation Discovery was one of Land Rover’s most popular models of all time and was around for seven years. With its space, safety and outstanding off-road ability, it’s easy to see why so many people chose one.
This new Land Rover Discovery, which was launched earlier this year has a lot to live up to. Though powered by the same 3.0-litre diesel V6, it’s lighter and more efficient than ever. Still offering seven seats, it’s just as practical as before and even better off road – which should make it an incredibly popular car.
Looks and image
The classic, square shape of the Land Rover Discovery has always been part of the car’s appeal, despite the fact it limited its aerodynamic capability. This has been replaced with a more rounded, streamlined design on the new Discovery model.
The front end of the car, though familiar, is considerably more rounded than the previous generation, while the rear is quirky to say the least. The new look has had a mixed response but we think it’s a great-looking car – especially in the metal. There’s no doubting the Discovery’s sheer bulk though, and given this, its sleek styling does well to mask its overall size.
Space and practicality
The Discovery is an incredibly practical car thanks to the all-new electrically powered seats. The middle and third rows can be lowered and raised at the touch of a button and can even be operated via a smartphone app. This added technological touch is useful for ease of access for busy families or even if you just have loads of shopping!
Also, whereas the previous-generation’s third row of seats was limited on space, the new car’s row is genuinely usable. We managed to get a six-foot adult seated comfortably in the very rear seats, showing a marked improvement over the old car. Of course, with all seats raised, boot space reduces – offering just 228 litres. However, fold the third row down and this rises to 1,137 litres then on to a massive 2,406 litres with all rows dropped. You would have to get a van to find more space when the Discovery’s second and third rows are lowered.
Behind the wheel
The Land Rover Discovery steers and handles more keenly than its predecessor thanks to its lower weight and it’s lighter on its feet than the previous model. The V6s smooth response perfectly suits the new look Discovery and thanks to a range of cameras and sensors, it’s easier to park than you’d think.
Off road, the Discovery completely surpasses expectation and is able to deal with the stickiest of situations. Deep water, thick mud and steep inclines are dispatched without a moment’s notice, despite it wearing road tyres. If you’re looking for a car capable of handling all conditions, then the Discovery is ideal.
Value for money
With prices starting from £43,495, the Discovery isn’t a cheap car– and that’s before you’ve considered the options list. The HSE Luxury specification came with 21-inch alloy wheels and electronic air suspension but cost £75,570. Other options fitted to the car were a television (an £880 option) and head-up display – again, a sizeable extra at £1,035. You do get a high amount of standard equipment – especially on high-end specifications – but the Discovery is a luxury car with a luxury price tag.
Who would buy one?
The Discovery is an ideal family car. It’s spacious, practical, safe (it’s been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests) and, thanks to the use of the lighter materials, more efficient. Furthermore, the Ingenium engine offers even more fuel efficiency. Yes, it is expensive, but then you do get a huge amount of capability for your money, as well as a car that feels worthy of every penny.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that is going to tick every box for a family car, then you’re right to pick the Discovery.