Land Rover Discovery 4 (2009–2017)

Model History

April 2009

Land Rover Discovery 4 unveiled

Powerful, refined and economical new 3.0-litre LR-TDV6 diesel engine as in Jaguar XF available in Discovery 4, delivering over 30mpg. e_Terrain Technologies boost economy and lower CO2 emissions. Restyled grilles, revised bumpers and LED lighting. Completely redesigned interiors. Enhanced terrain response for performance on all terrains. 'Cutting edge' technologies including surround camera system, Automatic High Beam Assist and Towing Assist.

The LR-TDV6 3.0-litre betters the 2.7-litre diesel by 29 percent (power) and 36 percent (torque) respectively. At 600Nm the torque output of the diesel is thought to be the highest of any six-cylinder passenger car diesel in the world, but with nine percent improvements in economy and CO2 emissions over the 2.7-litre V6. The parallel sequential turbo-charging system of the LR-TDV6 3.0-litre makes use of a larger, primary turbo most of the time. The smaller secondary turbo remains dormant when higher power is not required, reducing pumping losses and fuel consumption.

The brand new engine is supplemented by well proven existing power units. In addition to the new LR-TDV6 3.0-litre, customers will still have the option of ordering the Discovery GS model with the old 2.7-litre TDV6.

On the LR-TDV6 3.0-litre, a third generation common rail injection system with piezo injectors and an energy-saving fuel metering system, also make a substantial contribution to fuel economy, while a reduction in idle speed from 750rpm to 710rpm compared to the 2.7-litre diesel further reduces fuel consumption and emissions without compromising refinement.

Similarly, every detail of the highly advanced new supercharged V8 engine has been designed to return maximum efficiency. A new high pressure, spray guided direct injection system optimises combustion while a new variable camshaft timing system helps deliver exceptional low-end torque while also helping to maximise fuel efficiency at both ends of the rev range.

The Discovery 4 also benefits from Trailer Stability Assist, a towing aid which detects trailer oscillations and intervenes using the brakes and by reducing engine torque. It also has further improvements to the Terrain Response system for 2010. Revisions to the rock crawl programme reduce roll when traversing boulders delivering a more composed ride through rocky terrain. The addition of a new 'sand launch control' prevents wheels digging in when driving away in soft sand thanks to revisions to the traction control system. The acclaimed Hill Descent Control system has also been enhanced with the addition of Gradient Release Control. This inhibits the initial rate of acceleration making descent of very steep inclines much smoother.

Subtle but striking exterior changes characterise the new 2010 model year Land Rovers. Smooth, sculpted, frontal surfaces with revised bumpers incorporating anti-drag lips, create a more distinctive look while improving aerodynamics and fuel consumption. Grilles are restyled too, and headlights include both LED running light technology and High Beam Assist, which switches on the lights when ambient light levels are low, and dips headlights automatically when oncoming traffic is detected. New 19 and optional 20-inch wheels are available for the Discovery which also has larger brakes as standard.

Discovery 4 interiors have been comprehensively restyled, featuring new facias, doors, seats, consoles, instruments and switchgears and new steering wheels. Both cars are also now fitted with 5-inch TFT screens in the instrument cluster displaying key information, a new Portable Audio Interface with MP3 player and i-Pod connectivity, and other key technology features including a five-camera surround system for ease of parking and manoeuvring.

September 2009

2010 Discovery 4 went sale in the UK

2.7-litre TDV6 GS with 6-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front side lights and rear tail lights, 4-corner independent air suspension, Terrain Response, Dynamic Stability Control with Trailer Stability Assist, Roll Stability Control, Bluetooth phone system, diesel misfuel protection device, 7 seats, 5-inch TFT information display, keyless push button start, cloth seat facings. £31,995

3.0-litre TDV6 GS with 3.0 litre TDV6 engine, 19-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, 6-speed adaptive automatic transmission featuring CommandShift. £34,495

3.0-litre TDV6 XS with Cruise Control, Front Park Distance Control, front foglamps, automatic headlights, rain sensing windscreen wipers, leather seats with manual adjustment, heated front seats, 9 speaker harman/kardon® audio system, touch-screen hard-disc drive navigation, iPod/USB connectivity module, roof rails. £40,495

3.0-litre TDV6 HSE with 19" 7-split spoke alloy wheels, Automatic High Beam Assist, Bi-xenon front headlamps, rear view camera with parking aid, keyless entry, electric front sunroof with 2 fixed glass rear 'alpine' roofs, premium 'Windsor' leather seat facings, premium carpet mats, wood finish end caps and centre console uprights, 8-way adjustable electric driver and passenger seats, electrically adjustable side bolsters for driver's seat, keyless entry, harman/kardon premium audio system with 14 speakers and DSP amplifier, premium hard-disc drive navigation with TMC 4x4 interface and voice control. £47,695

September 2011

Discovery 4 upgraded for 2012 model year

The 2012 Discovery 4 gains a host of new and refined features making the best all-purpose vehicle even better. At the top of the list is the new ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic transmission, improving efficiency and helping reduce CO2 emissions on the 3.0 SDV6 diesel from a competitive 244g/km to an outstanding 230g/km.

  • Power increased from 245hp to 256hp and CO2down to 230g/km
  • New ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission comes with rotary gear shift selector and paddle shift
  • Entry-level audio and navigation systems now compatible with Bluetooth, DAB & USB/iPod
  • Premium Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7 now boasts 17 speakers and 825W of power
  • Rear Seat Entertainment now available via WhiteFirewireless technology
  • 'Say What You See' voice activation system

In conjunction with the new transmission, the Discovery 4 is now equipped with the 'Drive Select' rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift. Despite the reduction in CO2 emissions, Land Rover engineers have managed to increase the power from 245hp to 256hp for phenomenal performance. The 3.0 SDV6 comes equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), making it among the cleanest diesel engines on the market.

In addition to the driveline improvements, the Discovery 4’s design and equipment levels have been given a makeover too. There are two new alloy wheel designs, three new option packs and improved audio and navigation systems based on the latest electrical architecture.

The entry-level audio system has now been upgraded with a colour screen replacing the previous black and white unit and available with Bluetooth, DAB and USB/iPod connectivity. Also for the first time, the audio system is available with a non-navigation touch-screen. The new enhancements to the Premium Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7 system with an astonishing 825W of power through a 17-speaker system whilst the new ‘Say What You See’ voice command on premium systems allows the driver to use spoken shortcut commands.

Super-efficient 3.0-litre diesels combine more power with greater efficiency
The SDV6 engine is equipped with the ground breaking parallel sequential turbocharging system and third generation common rail fuel injection system. Throttle response is staggering with maximum torque available from only 2,000rpm.

The new 3.0-litre diesel can significantly outperform its rivals by delivering 500Nm in only 500 milliseconds from idle. This means drivers have instantaneous access to 95 percent of maximum torque. When it was introduced at 2010 model year, the parallel sequential turbocharging system was the first of its kind to be fitted to a V-engine anywhere in the world. The twin turbochargers work sequentially to provide best in class torque at low speeds and pack a huge punch at high speeds.

Driving a turbocharger requires pressure from the exhaust, creating pumping losses in the engine and increasing fuel consumption. To minimise this effect, valves isolate the secondary turbocharger both from the exhaust stream and the engine inlet tract when it is not required. A balance pipe connecting the two manifolds allows the gas from both manifolds to feed through the primary turbocharger.

A variable geometry, medium-sized turbocharger is in use most of the time during average acceleration and up to motorway cruising speeds and performs with no discernible lag. It is a more efficient system than series turbocharging in which the smaller primary turbo increases pumping losses.

The 3.0-litre diesel set new standards of refinement and fuel economy at 2010 model year, with its third generation common rail fuel injection system. Operating at 2,000bar, the piezo injectors are designed to minimise noise while optimising combustion. The system operates in ‘metering mode’ supplying just the right amount of fuel to the injectors rather than returning it to the tank and wasting pumping energy in the process. All diesel models are now fitted with a DPF and have an advanced EGR system to reduce NOx.

First fitted to the Range Rover TDV8 for 2011, the remarkable ZF 8-speed 8HP70 transmission delivers unrivalled response for driving pleasure while driving fuel consumption and CO2 emissions down to an all-time low. Eight speeds provide closer ratios and a greater overall ratio spread, while the higher overdrive ratio compliments the huge torque of the 3.0 LR-SDV6, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Efficiency is further improved by the internal mechanical layout of the 8HP70 which means that no more than two internal clutches are open at any one time.

The 8HP70 is packed with energy saving features. The hydraulic actuating system is more efficient too, the hydraulic pump drawing less energy from the engine. The torque converter is calibrated to lock-up at lower speeds and operating temperature, reducing fuel consumption and once again taking advantage of the 3.0-litre diesel engine's immense low-end torque. Transmission Idle Control seamlessly and transparently selects neutral when the car is stationary and the engine idling in drive, reducing drag on the engine and saving fuel. The 8HP70 has brains too. In hot conditions it selects a lower gear to run the engine and air conditioning pump faster to cool down the cabin quickly. In cold conditions it runs the engine faster to reduce warm-up time and emissions.

Apart from CO2-busting efficiency improvements, the 8HP70 offers performance benefits too. Taking just 200 milliseconds to complete the entire shift event, the 8HP70 gears change with an imperceptible interruption of torque for smoothness equalling that of a dual-clutch transmission, while providing a more sophisticated driving experience. The 8HP70 matches the engine speed to its turbine speed in anticipation of oncoming downshifts for an absolutely smooth transition from one ratio to the next. Closer ratios also contribute to making individual shifts smoother.

Driver Type Detection monitors driver inputs and the car’s systems to optimise the response of the gearbox to the driver’s style, while Curve Detection makes sure the gearbox avoids unwanted upshifts and holds on to the same gear when taking a sequence of bends. The gearbox also monitors the driver’s use of the brake together with the rate of deceleration to set up the correct gear for entry and exit to the corner. The 8HP70 does not have to change to a lower gear sequentially and can skip up to six ratios if necessary, for much faster response when preparing to overtake.

Driver controls include steering wheel paddles as standard enabling the driver to take control of gear shifting manually. The CommandShift lever is replaced by a rotary knob for selecting park, reverse, neutral, drive or sport modes, the last of these optimising the gearbox response times for maximum acceleration, improved response and sharper upshifts. The selector knob is flush with the centre console when the ignition is switched off, rising up when it is switched on. To avoid confusion, the Terrain Response Rotary Switch is replaced by a new Terrain Response Optimisation Switch.

The Discovery 4 suspension system was substantially revised for 2010 model year with changes to roll centres, anti roll bars, suspension knuckles, damper bushes and the addition of a variable ratio steering rack for greater stability during high speed cruising and increased sensitivity at acute steering angles. More powerful brakes comprised twin-piston sliding callipers with 360mm ventilated discs at the front and single piston with 350mm ventilated discs at the rear. The understeer control system, which intervenes by automatically slowing the vehicle to bring it back under driver control, was also revised.

When it comes to off-road ability, Land Rover vehicles are acknowledged as setting the standards for others to follow with its acclaimed Terrain Response system. For 2011, two additional functions were added, Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.

Hill Start Assist retains the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for the foot to move from brake pedal to throttle without the car rolling backwards. The brake is released after a sufficient time has elapsed or when the engine is supplying enough torque to move the car up the hill. Hill Start Assist is always available, not selectable, and neither is its operation indicated to the driver.

Gradient Acceleration Control is designed to provide safety cover on severe gradients when the driver does not have Hill Descent Control engaged. By pressurising the brake system, Gradient Acceleration Control slows the car to a limit determined by the throttle position when the car is descending the slope in the driver’s intended direction of travel. This includes descending the slope forwards in drive, or rearwards in reverse. Otherwise (such as descending while facing up the gradient with Drive selected) Gradient Acceleration Control restricts speed to 5km/h (3.1mph) for up to 20 seconds, allowing the driver to regain proper control.

A new option pack is available to customers for 2012 - the Vision Assist Pack. Available from £1000, the Vision Assist Pack has Xenon Adaptive Front Headlamps including Cornering Lamps, Automatic Headlamps with High Beam Assist and the Surround Camera System including Approach Lamps, Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist.

For 2012, crisp new steering column stalks with chrome bezels provide clearer symbols and a new premium pebble-like design to the smart key makes it both more attractive and easier to carry. Externally a new 19” alloy wheel comes as standard on the HSE whilst a Gloss Black 20-inch 5 split-spoke wheel design and extended Satin Black roof rails are available as customer options across the range.

The Timed Climate feature, as standard on HSE models, which pre-heats the cabin and engine in cold weather, has been upgraded from a one-day timer to a seven-day timer operated much like a home central heating programmer. Programming is accomplished via the audio system touch screen or remote control. Where touchscreen audio systems are not fitted the feature is controlled with the remote control only.

3.0 LR-SDV6

Height mm (in)

1887 (74.3)

Width mm (in)

2176 (85.7)

Length mm (in)

4829 (190.1)

Wheelbase mm (in)

2885 (113.6)

Turning Circle m (ft)

11.8 (38.7)

Drag coefficient Cd


EU Kerb Weight kg (lb)

2583-2700 (5695-5952)

Front suspension

Air sprung Independent double wishbone

Rear suspension

Air sprung Independent double wishbone

Brakes Front

2 piston sliding calliper, 360mm ventilated disc


Rack & pinion PAS

Four Wheel-Drive system

Full time 4 wheel drive with std locking centre differential. Optional locking rear axle differential available with Air Suspension + Terrain Response TM

Engine type

Longitudinal V6, 24 valve, four OHC, direct injection diesel, parallel sequential turbochargers

Displacement cc (cu in)

2993 (182.6)

Bore/stroke mm (in)

84x90 (3.30x3.54)

Compression ratio


Max power hp (kW)

256 (188)@4000rpm

Max Torque Nm (lbft)

600 (443)@2000rpm

Fuel consumption EU
urban / extra urban /
combined (mpg-L/100km)

28.8 / 34.9 / 32.1 –
9.8 / 8.1 / 8.8



CO 2 g/km (combined)



ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto

Fuel tank capacity litres/imp gals/US gals

82.3 / 18.1 / 21.7

Range EU combined miles (km)

590 (950)*





Top speed mph (kph)

112 (180)

April 2012

Land Rover revealed Discovery 4 HSE Luxury Special Edition

Available exclusively in Santorini Black, the new Discovery 4 HSE Luxury Special Edition is guaranteed to turn heads with a distinctive new exterior look. Bright silver finishing picks out the full-length roof rails and complements the Noble plated door mirror caps and Titan Silver bonnet script and tailgate badge. The grille treatment is the opposite of the existing style, the grille surround and fender vents finished in Indus Silver and the grille vanes in body colour.

Subtle yet sophisticated detailing is carried through to the rear of the vehicle by a bright finisher along the sides and tailgate, completed by a bright, stainless steel bumper tread strip and a unique bright metal badge showcasing 'HSE LUXURY'. Door handles are in body colour and the exterior is finished off with a set of 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels.

The interior of the HSE Luxury Edition boasts premium Ebony or Ivory leather. Customers will also enjoy an extended Windsor Leather Pack to the fascia top, instrument panel binnacle, door top rolls, armrests and pull. The interior detailing is complete with a new Dark Zebrano veneer and twist pile luxury carpet mats with contrasting edging.

A host of feature upgrades are also available with this Special Edition model, including the Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Premium Audio system which provides a staggering 825W of power. Combining the impressive Harman/Kardon system together with the Rear Screen Entertainment with 8" screens and wireless headphones featuring Whitefire technology, creates a full home cinema effect all in the comfort of the rear seats. Privacy glass and a front centre console cooler box complete the specification.

The Discovery 4 HSE Luxury Edition is powered by the peerless 256PS SDV6 diesel engine with a 0-60mph time of 8.8 seconds and top speed of 112mph (180kph). The engines are equipped with the super-efficient ZF HP70 8-speed automatic transmission tuned to improve efficiency and reduce CO2.

The premium interior and exterior enhancements to this HSE Luxury model, paired with engines that combine efficient levels of power and torque, further consolidate the Discovery 4's position as the most versatile all-purpose vehicle on and off the road. The Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE Luxury will go on sale in the UK from July 2012 with prices starting at £56,995 on the road.

September 2013

Revamped for 2014 with improved fuel economy, subtle styling changes and improved audio systems. UK deliveries from November 2013.

At the front the Discovery gets a new grille and bumper plus redesigned headlights with daytime running lights with a distinctive swoop. The badging has changed too with Discovery now written on the bonnet rather than Land Rover. There are also two new alloy wheel designs while the optional Black Design Pack - which includes 20-inch black alloys - is still available.

The engine badging no longer features on the tailgate, instead it's moved to the front doors, giving the back a cleaner appearance. Just one engine is available - the 3.0 SDV6 with 256PS and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It's been improved though with economy up to 35.3mpg and CO2 down from 230g/km to 213g/km meaning a big drop in annual VED.

New features for the 2014 Discovery include Wade Sensing, Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras. It will also be available with a Meridian audio system. The standard system has eight speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.

February 2014

XXV Special Edition Discovery launched

The XXV special edition is based on the existing HSE Luxury specification and has been built to commemorate 25 years of Land Rover’s iconic family SUV. The special edition vehicle has a unique interior colourway, distinctive external badging and a sophisticated and premium interior lined with Windsor leather.

Available in Causeway Grey, it features Narvik Black grille surrounds and mirror caps, and Dark Atlas features on the grille and fender vents. Silver full-length roof rails, body-coloured handles and a stainless steel bumper accessory tread plate complement the exterior. Also featuring distinctive XXV badging on the front door and tailgate, the special edition is fitted with newly designed 20-inch five-split-spoke forged alloy wheels in a light polished-silver finish.

The XXV Special Edition builds on the Discovery’s HSE Luxury specification, to create a sophisticated and premium interior. Features such as the fascia, the instrument panel binnacle and door top rolls are generously lined with Windsor leather. The XXV will feature a unique interior colour way in Cirrus. Additional luxurious highlights include twist pile carpet mats and a leather-wrapped wooden steering wheel.

November 2015

Discovery Landmark and Graphite editions launched

The Discovery Landmark builds on the generous specification of the HSE Luxury derivative with new interior and exterior features that offer customers a more premium and unique look and feel to their Discovery.

The exterior upgrade sees the addition of full length roof rails in a bright finish that highlight the familiar stepped roof design of the Discovery. Distinctive black fender vents, grille and mirror caps complement silver bonnet and tailgate badges, alongside Landmark badging to the side and rear to further distinguish this model. 20-inch 5-split spoke alloy wheels complete the design.

The Landmark is available in a limited range of five body colours, including Zanzibar which has been exclusively reserved for the Landmark edition and is not available on any other Discovery. The other four available body colours are Waitomo Grey, Santorini Black, Yulong White and Indus Silver.

Enhancements to interior refinement come as standard inside the Landmark with the addition of Windsor Leather seats and the Extended Leather Pack throughout, furnishing the dashboard, door casings and fascia. The interior is purposefully limited to three colourways – Ebony, Almond and Tan. The latter is offered for the first time ever in a Discovery, with Tan Windsor Leather Seats complemented by Ebony door casings and fascia and a Straight Grained Walnut veneer trim finisher.

Customers can opt for either the Grand Black Lacquer or Straight Grained Walnut Wood & Leather steering wheel with two other variants fitted as standard to complement the choice of veneer. The Discovery Landmark is available through Land Rover Retailers for an on the road price of £55,995.

The Discovery Graphite builds on the success of the Black Pack and introduces a modern and distinctive look to the model range with striking finishes. A grey Graphite finish to the fender vents and grille, which also sports a gloss black and lighter grey frame, blend with existing grey highlights appointed to the door handles and the Discovery badging to the bonnet and tailgate.

Exclusive to the Graphite is the 19-inch 7-split spoke alloy wheel in a high gloss dark grey as standard, with the option of a 19-inch 7-split spoke alloy wheel. The customer can choose between a spectrum of nine body colours and three interior colourways. The Discovery Graphite is available through Land Rover Retailers for an on the road price of £47,495.

What does a Land Rover Discovery 4 (2009 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £48,340
Buy new from £44,079
Contract hire from £500.92 per month