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2018 SE 4dr 4x4
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Price:   -  From $52,090
2018 HSE 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $58,490
2018 HSE LUXURY 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $65,490


Is there any notion as romantic as that of the off-road adventure? A rutty and rocky two-track cresting a hill and disappearing into the great unknown, meandering deep into the wilderness... An excursion many dream about but few dare to try, for fear of nature's harsh and unforgiving demeanor. But as with anything, the right tool for the job goes a long way. Land Rover, which could be aptly described as a posh British Jeep, has long been focused on building trucks that can tame the wild. The Discovery, which slots between the ritzy Range Rovers and the compact Discovery Sport, marries that concept of go-anywhere utility with daily-driver comfort. Go ahead and drive the expressway to work during the week; use the weekend to realize that off-road reverie.

What's New for 2018

Because the Discovery was all-new for 2017, there are no significant changes for 2018.

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Choosing Your Land Rover Discovery

While Europe gets to choose from three diesel options and one gas motor, here on this side of the Atlantic only the gas-burner and a single diesel make an appearance. The gas engine is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 which makes 340 horsepower, a powerplant has found it's way under nearly all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles as of late (seriously, of the company's 12 vehicles, nine of them offer this engine). In this application, fuel economy is 16 miles per gallon city, 21 highway, and 18 combined.

We're expecting the diesel to carryover last year's ratings – 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined – just like the gas engine did, but official EPA estimates aren't available for the 2018 model year, yet. Of the two engines, the gas-burning V6 is standard, while the oil-burner demands a $2,000 premium. Both are available in all three of the Discovery's trim levels.

Buyers can have a field day when choosing aesthetic details: the Discovery offers 18 different colors to pick from and 14 wheel choices ranging from 19-22 inches in diameter, while seven material finishes and five interior colors are also available.

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At $53,085 (including a $995 destination charge), the SE is the cheapest way to discover the Discovery. Standard features include a panoramic roof, automatic halogen headlights, heated and power folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, 12-way power front seats, a 10-speaker sound system, and dual-zone climate control. In-car technology includes Land Rover's Navigation Pro touchscreen infotainment system, a wi-fi hotspot, four 12-volt power outlets, and a central message display center in the instrument cluster.

For those wanting a few more features and goodies, a few different packages abound. The Seven Seat Package adds a third row, a two-speed transfer case, and electronic air suspension; the Cold Climate Package brings aboard heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated washer jets; the Drive Pro Package includes a driver condition monitor, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot assist, reverse traffic detection, traffic sign recognition, and an adaptive speed limiter; the similar Drive Package is all the former minus the adaptive cruise control.

If exploiting the Discovery's off-road prowess is a must, don't leave home without the Capability Package - it includes a two-speed transfer case, the Terrain Response 2 system (which can adjust the car's settings to tailor it for specific terrain), electronic air suspension, and all-terrain progress control (which can set a specific crawl speed of up to 18 mph).

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The middle child in the Discovery family is the $59,485 HSE. Additional standard features over the SE include a panoramic electric sunroof, LED lights, front and rear fog lights, front and rear parking aids, keyless entry, three-zone climate control, a driver memory seat, an 11-speaker, 380-watt sound system, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and SiriusXM radio.

As for optional features, the same packages available on the SE again make an appearance here. However, the HSE offers additional packages as well, including the Vision Package (auto-dimming mirrors, automatic high beams, and a surround-view camera), 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Package (third row, four-zone climate control, leather, heated windshield, washer jets and steering wheel, and heated seats in all three rows), and Remote Intelligent Seat Fold Package.

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HSE Luxury

The top-spec Discovery is the $66,485 HSE Luxury. Buyers shelling out that kind of coin get a two-speed transfer case, electronic air suspension, chrome door handles, 16-way power front seats with driver memory, leather upholstery, a power-folding third row, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, a 15-speaker 825W sound system, three-zone climate control and configurable ambient lighting.

Available packages include the Drive and Drive Pro Packages, 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Package, Vision Assist Package, and Capability Plus Package.

CarsDirect Tip

While there's a plethora of enticing options to choose from, the Drive Package should definitely be on the short list of worthwhile upgrades. For only $565, the safety features it includes could be priceless when it saves a driver's hide in a hairy situation.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Land Rover Discovery full-size entry for customers that want extreme off-road ability with an ample dose of British refinement and luxury but aren't ready for a Range Rover. Proudly wearing a name badge that is synonymous for overland exploration, the new Discovery forgoes the tall, boxy shape of the older versions for better aerodynamics and on-road vehicle dynamics. But it remains an incredibly spacious and luxurious large SUV with room for seven fully grown adults in a cabin that's as well-appointed as ever. Customers get a choice of two engines, a gas-powered turbocharged V6 or a V6 turbodiesel with oodles of torque.

Regardless of engine, the Discovery remains a highly capable off-road vehicle with a plethora of both electronic and mechanical bits that make it capable of tackling almost anything you throw at it, from rock crawling and river fording to snow and sand.

Best Value

The best value in the Discovery range is with the mid-level HSE trim. While the base level SE trim is well equipped, the HSE adds three-zone climate control, 16-way adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and upgraded lighting. Between the two engine choices, we'd have to go with the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, because it's substantially quicker, it can tow up to 7,700 pounds, it's quieter, and it gets much better fuel economy than the gas engine.

The Seven Seat Package is a must-have as it adds not just two more seats, but air suspension and a two-speed transfer case that's practically required for off-roading. We'd also get the Capability Plus Package for more off-road goodies like a locking rear differential, All Terrain Progress Control, and what Land Rover calls Terrain Response 2, a system that monitors the surface you're driving over and automatically adapts to provide the best traction (it also provides several presets drivers can choose for themselves).

In terms of pure comfort gear, we recommend the $1,275 Cold Climate Package for its heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and heated windshield washer jets. The $565 Drive Package's blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert are a good deal too.

With these options, you can drive to the nearest off-road trail with seven of your friends and laugh at the spartan $41,000 Wrangler Rubicons that are only marginally more capable than the Discovery, all while riding in serene comfort. Who said off-roading had to be difficult, right?

Here's how we'd have the Disco:

  • Model: 2018 Land Rover Discover HSE
  • Engine: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
  • Output: 254 hp/ 443 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • MPG: 21 City / 26 Hwy (Speculated)
  • Options: 3.0-liter LR-TD6 Diesel ($2,000), Seven Seat Package ($2,195, Seven Seats, Electronic Air Suspension, Two-Speed Transfer Case), Black Exterior Package ($310), Capability Plus Package ($1,275, Active Locking Rear Differential, Terrain Response 2, All Terrain Progress Control), Cold Climate Package ($1,275, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated washer jets), Drive Package ($565, Drive Condition Monitor, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition)
  • Base Price:$61,485 (including $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$65,520


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The Discovery comes with a choice of two engines. The standard engine is the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 you'll find throughout the Jaguar Land Rover range, which puts out 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The second is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are quite competent, but the diesel is faster, quieter, and gets better fuel economy, while also offering most of it's power low in the rev range making it the better choice for rocky trails. It's well worth the cost to upgrade.

Like the old Discos, the new Discovery is still wildly capable off road. In fact, it quite possibly could be the best off-road capable SUV you can buy in the US outside of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The optional air suspension is a must have, as it gives the Discovery over 11 inches of ground clearance, which allows the luxurious and comfortable Landie to offer a 34-degree approach angle, a 27.5-degree breakover angle, a 30-degree departure angle and the ability to ford up to 35 inches of water. For a comparison, the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has a breakover angle of only 21.5 degrees, an inch less of ground clearance, and it can only ford 30 inches of water, which means the Disco can outperform the Wrangler on some terrain.

On road, the Discovery's off-road roots shine through. It's not quite as comfortable or composed as some of its competitors, with its soft off-road suspension and tall body reacting more noticeably to imperfections and bumps in the road. There's more roll through corners, too. These are minor quibbles, particularly when a vehicle is so capable on the trails.


Unfortunately, the latest Discovery doesn't look like the Disco we fell in love with. It's not as boxy or tall, and it's missing the old "Alpine" windows that once turned the rear into a greenhouse. Times marches onward, and these days it's more important to be fuel efficient than it is to be stylish. Unfortunately, this smoothing of the edges makes the Discovery look like a generic large SUV instead of standing out like the previous generations. The untrained eye would probably confuse it with a Ford Explorer.

Inside, the Discovery has a range of handsome materials, and the interior is bathed in natural light like the Discos of old thanks to two large sunroofs. It comes well equipped at all trims with a choice of leather seating, while two-, three-, or four-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a wireless internet hotspot, heated seats for all three rows and more is available as optional extras.

The Discovery is incredibly comfortable in all three rows. The second row has plenty of legroom and can be made to recline, heat and ventilate, and the third row was designed to fit two tall adults comfortably according to Land Rover. The Discovery has practicality in droves with extensive storage options, lots of cargo space with seats folded, in addition to a ton of little things that cost extra like a waterproof key you can wear like a watch, and the ability to fold the seats remotely via your smart phone.

The Best and Worst Things

The Discovery's greatest strength is its off-road prowess. The things that it can do are really incredible and completely unexpected in a world of watered down crossovers, and the fact that it can go anywhere while also being luxurious is even more of a testament.

The biggest disappointment has to be the exterior styling. While it looks good, it doesn't stand out the way its predecessors did.

Right For? Wrong For?

Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery is perfect for anyone with a family who wants to seriously explore the beaten path without sacrificing on-road handling abilities or the niceties of a luxury SUV. The Disco is better for overland expeditions, as opposed to rock climbing trails (although the right driver can get it down such a trail without too much difficulty). You'll have a comfortable ride over long distances and have plenty of room for supplies.

If you're looking for something more conspicuous to show off your wealth, you'll want to look elsewhere. Consider a Range Rover or Mercedes G-Class.

The Bottom Line

This Discovery may not look like the previous generations, but it still get's the formula right. It's a highly capable off-road vehicle that manages to be luxurious, comfortable, and practical. It's a great vehicle that will do almost everything you could ask of it and more.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.0L V-6 / 340 HP / 332 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.0L V-6 / 254 HP / 443 ft.lbs.
8-spd CommandShift w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Terrain Response Four-wheel / Full-time Terrain Response 2 Auto Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 21 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.0L V-6 / 340 HP / 332 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.0L V-6 / 254 HP / 443 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Terrain Response Four-wheel / Full-time Terrain Response 2 Auto Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 21 / 18 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum / Full-size
Fuel Tank
23.5 Gal. / 22.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded / Diesel
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
88.3 Cu.ft. / 85.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
195.7 "
Exterior Width
78.7 "
Exterior Height
73.0 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
37.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,751 Lbs. / 4,916 Lbs.
Wheel Base
115 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 "
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 11 Meridian
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Condition Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Front And Rear / Automated / 360 Parking Aid Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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