Popular with royalty, sports stars, and jet-setters, few brands can boast Land Rover’s brand swagger. Land Rovers have traditionally been robust off-roaders, but recent models focus less on dirt trails and more on modern creature comforts. Though the new Discovery has a more curvaceous look and rides smoothly, it’s still a thirsty, lumbering SUV.

The Discovery mates a powerful 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 engine to a smooth eight-speed transmission. Drivers get power on demand, but the price is a trucklike 17 mpg overall.

On the road, the Discovery is more hippo in a tutu than dancing queen: It has lots of body roll when it turns. Its overly light steering and hefty 5,400 pounds detract from a sense of precision. The optional air suspension not only steadies the Discovery but also absorbs all but the nastiest potholes.

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The plush cabin is as quiet as Wimbledon’s Centre Court before a serve, and it features firm, thronelike seats. But the low second-row seat lacks thigh support and forces adults to sit with their knees high in the air.

In addition, Land Rover’s confusing controls result in simple tasks, such as changing audio settings, becoming multistep processes.

Despite a $56,950 base price, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking aren’t standard on the HSE-trim Discovery that CR tested.

Read the complete Land Rover Discovery road test.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Review

HIGHS: Acceleration, ride, quietness, front-seat comfort, fit and finish
LOWS: Agility, fuel economy, controls, low rear seat, third-row access
POWERTRAIN: 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 17 mpg

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the November 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.