2019 Land Rover Discovery Overview

Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor - September 17, 2018

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is capable of transporting seven passengers across terrain most SUVs would balk at. It shares plenty of DNA with the larger Range Rover, including a new diesel engine and extra driver assistance tools.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 Discovery includes a new twin-turbocharged diesel engine, while a particulate filter is now fitted to both diesel and gas models. Driver assistance technology is bolstered with adaptive cruise control and a radar system that scans for passing traffic before doors are opened.

Land Rover Discovery

Choosing Your Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover claims this is the world’s most versatile premium SUV, and the Discovery certainly majors on flexibility. SE and HSE models have five seats with an optional third row. When equipped with seven seats, models are laid out in a two-three-two configuration and each of the full-size five rear seats can be stowed away independently.

Land Rover’s Hill Descent Control electronic traction aid is standard on every model, using computing power to regulate each wheel’s speed and braking even on 30 degree slopes. Full-time all-wheel drive is split 42/58 as standard, but automatically redirects more power to the axle with the most grip. The optional All-Terrain Progress Control maintains a steady speed between one and 19 miles per hour across any road surface. Serious off-roaders may wish to add an optional twin-speed transfer box for selectable high- and low-range gearing.

There are two engines available in the Discovery – one gas and one diesel. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel pumps out 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.0-liter V6 supercharged gas engine generates 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The gas engine returns an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 combined, whereas the diesel achieves 21/26/23 mpg (city/highway/combined). Every model has an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.


The Discovery SE trim starts at $53,295 for the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 model, or $55,295 for the diesel (all prices include the $995 destination fee). SE models are well equipped despite being the most affordable Discovery model, with LED headlights, leather seating, folding and heated door mirrors, and a gesture-operated tailgate. A 10-inch central touchscreen with high-resolution display controls the navigation system and a 250-watt 10-speaker stereo. A fixed glass sunroof extends over much of the cabin, while the front seats boast 12-way power adjustment and grained leather.

For $1,900, it’s possible to add the Drive Package’s safety aids, including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. The $3,600 Driver Assist Package brings those same technologies and adds a surround-view camera system. Residents of colder climates may wish to pay $1,275 for the Cold Climate Package, placing heating elements in the front and rear seats, steering wheel, and washer jets. The 7 Seat Package ($2,195) brings the optional third row, an electronic air suspension, and the two-speed transfer case, while the Capability Package ($1,530) adds the transfer case, electronic air suspension, and the Terrain Response 2 system. Finally, buyers can black out their Discovery with the Black Exterior Pack ($310).

It’s also possible to acquire a $410 waterproof and shock-resistant wristband activity key, eliminating the need to carry a key fob while engaging in outdoor pursuits.


With prices starting at $60,095 for gas models or $62,095 for diesel, the HSE gains a number of upgrades over the SE. These include a power opening sunroof with electric blinds and three-zone climate control. The outside mirrors are auto-dimming, power folding, and heated with memory functions and approach lights. Entertainment is upgraded to a 380-watt Meridian sound system, and the Drive Package from SE trim is now standard.

The Black Exterior Pack, Cold Climate Package, 7 Seat Package, and Capability Package return unchanged, while the Driver Assist Package only costs $2,900. Newly available are the Dynamic Pack 1 ($2,055, black exterior touches, ebony headlining, bright metal pedals) and the Dynamic Pack 2 ($1,000, black exterior touches). The Luxury Climate Comfort Package ($3,300) adds leather seating, four-zone climate control, and the heated elements from the Cold Climate Package, while the 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Package ($3,660) adds the third row to that bundle. The Capability Plus Package ($1,275) brings an active rear locking differential, All Terrain Progress Control, and the Terrain Response 2 system. Finally, the Remote Intelligent Seat Fold Package ($1,095) enables the rear seats to electrically recline; all five second and third-row seats can be raised or lowered remotely via an app or the main touchscreen.

HSE Luxury

Prices for the range-topping HSE Luxury start at $67,495 for the gas model and $69,495 for the diesel. HSE Luxury models include a 16-speaker Meridian sound system, the electronic air suspension, twin-speed transfer box, 20-inch wheels, the third row, intelligent seat folding, ambient interior lighting, and a heated steering wheel as standard.

The Black Exterior Pack, Dynamic Pack 1, Dynamic Pack 2, Driver Assist Package, and Capability Plus Package all carryover with the same price as on the HSE. However, the 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Package costs $1,985 on HSE Luxury models, as the third row is already standard.

CarsDirect Tip

Every 2019 Land Rover Discovery is well equipped, and few buyers will need to look beyond entry-level SE trim. That should free up some cash to add the Drive Package, elevating the car’s safety to a level SUV buyers will doubtless appreciate.

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