Land Rover Discovery (2017) Review

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Land Rover Discovery (2017) At A Glance

Exceptional comfort and practicality makes this the best family SUV around. All rear seats fold down electrically. 2.0-litre SD4 diesel engine works surprisingly well.

Touchscreen system frustratingly slow. One-piece tailgate needs room for opening. Reports of engine oil contamination from DPF regens after short runs.

New prices start from £43,495, brokers can source from £44,079
Contract hire deals from £500.92 per month
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

It's all change for this generation of the Land Rover Discovery. For starters, gone is the traditional boxy shape, replaced by a profile more akin to a Range Rover Sport. Then there's the introduction of a 2.0-litre diesel engine alongside the existing 3.0-litre.

So is the Discovery going soft? After all, this is one of the few SUVs out there that has always been genuinely capable off-road.

The answer is thankfully no. In fact, despite the less rugged appearance, it's actually better off-road. It's almost 500kg lighter than before - a huge weight loss - plus it has more ground clearance (up from 240mm to 283mm) and an increased wading depth. So it's able to tackle terrain that the old Discovery 4 would get stuck on.

This reduction in weight means it's better to drive on the road too. It's still no match for the cars like the Porsche Cayenne, but it corners with less bodyroll thanks to the fact it uses the same base as the Range Rover Sport. Where it really excels is on the motorway where it cruises along effortlessly and with minimal noise. Like the Swiss flag, the excellent ride quality is another big plus.

With less bulk to carry around, the Discovery now comes with a smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. It actually works very well with the big Land Rover and provides more than enough power for every day driving. Plus economy improves too. Yet it can still pull - the Discovery has an improved towing capacity of 3500kg on all models as well as a clever semi-autonomous advanced tow assist system.

The Discovery remains a seven-seater with plenty of room for all those in the back, although the middle row of seats doesn't feel as supportive as in the previous model. However, all of the rear seats now fold down (and back up) electrically via buttons in the tailgate.

The interior quality has improved too and with a design akin to the Range Rover, - so this Discovery feels that bit more luxurious than before. In fact, only a poor touchscreen system lets it down - it takes several prods for it to recognise what you want it to do.

If you're after a high quality family SUV that can cope with everything you can throw at it - the Land Rover Discovery is pretty much perfect. Others may handle better in corners, but nothing can match the all-round ability of the Discovery.

Land Rover Discovery Td6 2017 road test

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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Discovery (2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

18–39 mpg

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Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.


Will the Land Rover Defender be offered as a hybrid in future?
Do you know if Land Rover are planning hybrid versions of the Defender or Discovery?
Yes, there's a plug-in hybrid Defender due in 2021. It's likely to be badged the P400e and will probably use the same 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor combination as the Range Rover PHEV. The Discovery is due to be facelifted next year and it's likely that will be offered with the same plug-in hybrid setup, too. If you'd rather not charge your car, both are expected to be offered with mild-hybrid setups, although Land Rover isn't likely to go down the conventional 'self-charging' hybrid route.
Answered by Andrew Brady
We bought a used car which is now off the road indefinitely with a fault - should we be offered a replacement?
We purchased a 2017 Land Rover Discovery with 47,000 miles in April this year form a Land Rover dealer. The purchase price was £40,000. The car developped a fault whereby it would stall in reverse gear and also in drive mode. The car has been in the garage three times for analysis and repair however the problem persists. We picked the car up again 12 days ago. The turbo and crank shaft have been replaced and we were advised that extensive testing had taken place. The minute we put the car in reverse gear, the issue occurred again. The car is currently in the garage. Nothing seems to be happening and the garage seem to be at a loss. The car has now spent more time in the garage that in our possession. The car is under warranty. We are willing to take on another Land Rover of a similar age and put this down to bad luck. Having never encounterd such a situation before, though, I am not sure what my rights are. Would it be reasonable to expect Land Rover to replace our current car with a like for like?
These are your rights, though enforcing them in the County Court is not fort the faint-hearted and could set you back £20,000 in legal and court fees alone. So best to know your legal rights and to seek a reasonable solution with the dealer principal of the dealership concerned, remembering that an issue like this is as much a nightmare for him as it is for you:
Answered by Honest John
Should I avoid buying a diesel Land Rover Discovery?
I am about to order a new Land Rover Discovery. Should I be worried about the possible bans on diesels in certain cities? Would that concern warrant going for the 3.0 petrol instead? Oddly, I read that the petrol version was expected to sell in very small numbers. Will that lack of popularity lead to poor residual value?
Go for the 3.0 V6 petrol. That's because the forward planning is still diesel orientated. In 5 years time when diesel emissions systems are costing fortunes to maintain and diesels are being banned from city centres, those few Discoverys with 3.0 V6 petrol engines are going to be highly sought after.
Answered by Honest John
Which hybrid SUV is best?
I live in the Dartmoor National Park and need a sturdy, reliable and capable vehicle that will cope with the local steep and untreated winter roads. For the past 12 years I have used the Land Rover Discovery replacing it every three years to maintain the standard warranty and to benefit from improving technology. I drive 10,000 miles a year, a mixture of local, national and occasional longer foreign trips and welcome the all round effortless capacity and capability of the current D4. I am due to replace it in March 2017. I know the 'New Discovery' has been recently announced but have been wondering whether to consider instead a hybrid vehicle such as the Volvo XC90 T8 or the Audi Q7 e-Tron; or perhaps I should wait for a possible hybrid Discovery. What would you recommend as the replacement?
The Volvo XC90 T8 is a highly complex car, to the extent that not all of its electrical/electronic systems necessarily work at the same time. The Audi Q7 e-tron is complicated too, but on test worked better. You might also consider a BMW X5 plug-in hybrid (not tested) and, of course, a Lexus RX450h:
Answered by Honest John

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