Land Rover Discovery - Consumer Reports

Land Rover Discovery


Current Model
The Discovery is a luxury three-row SUV that blends on-road refinement with off-road and towing prowess. We found that the optional six-cylinder turbo engine produces plenty of power and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is the standard engine. Though the optional air suspension makes the ride steady, the Discovery is a bit lumbering in corners. Controls can be confusing, but the front seats are very comfortable and the quiet cabin is nicely furnished. The second row can fit three adults, but it is too low for optimal comfort, and accessing the tight third-row seat is a slow, awkward process. A recent mild freshening brought an updated infotainment system, more standard equipment, and a supposedly improved second-row seat. BSW and rear cross traffic warning are standard in addition to FCW and AEB.
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2017-2021
2017 Redesign Year
The LR4’s successor is a luxury three-row SUV that blends on-road civility with off-road and towing prowess. We found the 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine provides ample power and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly; this combo returned 17 mpg overall in our tests.
A 254-hp, 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is also available. The second row can fit three adults, but it is too low for optimal comfort, and accessing the tight third-row seat is awkward. While the optional air suspension makes the ride steady and controlled, the Disco is a bit lumbering in corners. Controls can be confusing, but the front seats are very comfortable and the quiet cabin is nicely furnished. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking became standard in 2019, and blind spot warning in 2020.  New for 2021 is a 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder as the standard engine. Also, a 3.0-liter turbo six cylinder replaced the supercharged V6. Finally, rear cross traffic warning is standard for 2021.
$61,500 - $76,600
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$48,875 - $71,725
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$44,000 - $62,000
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$41,925 - $54,050
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$37,900 - $46,175
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1999-2004
A redesign for 1999 Discovery added notable features. Among them: an optional active-cornering system that reduces body roll, an off-road hill-descent system, and an optional self-leveling rear air suspension.
But this capable off-road vehicle lacks finesse on the pavement. The steering is imprecise, the ride is stiff and choppy, and the tail can swing out abruptly in emergency maneuvers. Acceleration is lackluster and fuel economy abysmal. Some controls are awkward and cryptically labeled. The front seats dont go back far enough for tall drivers, and a high floor and small doors hinder access. Third-row seats for two small passengers are optional.
$4,700 - $5,625
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$4,575 - $5,150
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$3,925 - $4,150
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$3,700 - $3,950
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$3,675
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