Land Rover’s full-size, seven-seat SUV is new for 2017, though it's named after a model that disappeared from American shores in the early 2000s. The new Discovery is refined and luxurious on the road, but has amazing capability when the pavement ends. Full-time all-wheel drive is standard, as befits a Land Rover, and ground clearance is an amazing 11.1 inches. Should traversing a stream become necessary, fording depth is an admirable-for-any-vehicle 35.4 inches.
The new Discovery is dripping with latest technology and gadgets, such as a flexible seating arrangement that can be controlled by a smartphone app, semi-autonomous safety features, and an waterproof wristband “activity key” that unlocks and locks the vehicle without the need for a traditional key fob.
What's New for 2017
The Discovery is a new model for 2017 and replaces the outgoing LR4.
Choosing Your Land Rover Discovery
The Discovery comes with a raft of thoughtful features. The smart seating arrangement can be configured for up to seven or as few as two, depending on your cargo needs. Up to nine USB ports can be had, as well as six 12-volt charging points and an in-car WiFi hotspot. A power-operated inner tailgate can be folded down so families have a place to sit and take off muddy boots.
It’s powerful, too. Two engines are available: a supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, and a 254-horsepower diesel V-6 with 443 lb-ft, available only in the upper two trims. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.
All that grunt can be used to tow up to 8,201 pounds, and the Discovery also offers a Towing Assist package that steers the vehicle automatically when backing up with a trailer.
The interior is plush, with available leather and wood veneers working together with ambient lighting and premium materials to make the relaunched Discovery truly special.
The mid-range HSE adds plenty of key features without breaking the bank, which makes it our top choice.