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.
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.
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.