Land Rover Discovery Review 2022

Land Rover Discovery At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
If you're after a high quality family SUV that can cope with everything you can throw at it - the Land Rover Discovery is perfect.

+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.

New prices start from £55,100
Insurance Groups are between 38–45
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The Land Rover Discovery is an incredible piece of design. It’s cabin is big enough and clever enough to transport seven adults, and it’s incredible off-roading ability means it could probably transport them up the north face of The Eiger if it needed to. A classy interior and a squishy ride also mean the journey would probably be very comfortable indeed. Granted, the very best of the Discovery’s rivals - the Audi Q7, for instance - are even better on quality and more polished on the road, meaning they’ll probably suit more family car buyers. If you need your seven-seater to be an off-roader rather than an SUV, though, the Discovery is simply untouchable.

This generation of the Land Rover Discovery  - the Discovery 5 as it’s known - was met with a mixed reaction when it was launched in 2017. Its predecessors all had boxy, no-nonsense styling to make them look rugged, and when folk saw this one, with all its curves and bulges, many worried that the Discovery had gone soft.

Thankfully, it hadn’t.In fact, despite the less rugged appearance, it's actually better off-road. It's around 500kg lighter than before, plus it has more ground clearance (up from 240mm to 283mm) and an increased wading depth. Chuck in an even more sophisticated version of Land Rover’s off-roading system, and it's able to tackle terrain that the old Discovery 4 would get stuck on. 

This huge weight reduction means it's better to drive on the road, too. Granted, it still can’t match its very best rivals on either ride or handling, but it still has the ability to waft you along comfortably - particularly on the motorway - and it feels secure enough in bends.

New for this generation of Discovery was a smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. It actually works pretty well given the sheer size of the Land Rover, and provides more than enough oomph for everyday driving. Plus, fuel economy and CO2 emissions also improve. What’s more, 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 has seven seats, each one of which is surrounded by plenty of space. Indeed, it’s third row is the roomiest in the class. What’s more, in high-end versions, all of the rear seats now fold down (and back up again) electrically via buttons in the tailgate.

The interior quality has improved, too - with a design reminiscent to that of a Range Rover - so this Discovery feels that bit more luxurious than before, if not as luxurious as rivals like the Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. In fact, only a sluggish touchscreen system lets it down; it often takes several prods for it to recognise what you want it to do.

Ask Honest John

Land Rover Discovery engine failure - who is liable for the repair costs?
"Our daughter purchased a 3.5-year-old Land Rover Discovery with 40,000 miles on the clock six months ago, for which she paid £45,000. The car broke down last Friday, the RAC Recovery Technician could not get it started and suggested that it be towed to a local, highly reputable, garage which has investigated and has advised that the engine is not fit for purpose and needs to be replaced. The sum of £9000 plus labour has been quoted for a new engine We are waiting to hear what the dealer who sold her the car has to say on the matter. If they reject any liability for the cost of replacing the engine can you advise us please on what steps we could take to recover the costs?"
It's difficult to advise without knowing the exact cause of the engine failure. If the engine failed due to a manufacturing fault or some other hidden problem then I would expect the dealer to pay for the repair or replace the vehicle, as the problem would have been present or developing at the time of sale. But, if the issue is due to general maintenance (low oil or water, for example), the dealer may argue your daughter is to blame for the failure. Either way, the car will probably need to be transported to the dealer that sold the car for inspection. Only then can the seller confirm the fault and accept/argue liability. For your consumer rights, see:
Answered by Dan Powell
Is it time to change my car's battery?
"Is there a problem with the battery in my 2017 Discovery? It's losing voltage when left parked for two weeks."
That sounds pretty typical. A modern car is full of energy-sapping electronics and really needs driving at least once a week to keep the battery in good order. If your Discovery still has its original battery, it might be time to change it anyway.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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
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