Land Rover Discovery Review 2024
Land Rover Discovery At A Glance
On average it achieves 82% 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.