The 2020 Land Rover Discovery returns to take you farther off road than most other luxury SUVs could dream of. Coming off of a major refresh, the Discovery is largely the same as it was for the 2019 model year, but a new mid-range trim level called Landmark is now offered that slides between the entry-level SE and the HSE.
Choosing Your Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery is offered in four trims: SE, Landmark, HSE, and HSE Luxury. The most basic SE models start at $53,325 including destination, while the top-of-the-line HSE Luxury models start at $68,225.
The Discovery has two engine choices available across the lineup, but they should be more than sufficient for most buyers. Those looking for a little more highway power would do best with the gasoline-powered option, while those looking for fuel efficiency and low-end torque will find the diesel better suited to their needs.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||0-60 mph Time||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L Supercharged V6||340 hp||332 lb-ft||6.9 seconds||18 mpg|
|3.0L Turbodiesel V6||254 hp||443 lb-ft||7.7 seconds||23 mpg|
The diesel engine is available on every trim for an extra $2,000 except the Landmark. Regardless of engine, the Discovery comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission that's one of the best available on the market with smooth and smart shifts.
As expected from a vehicle with a strong off-road pedigree, the Discovery comes standard with all-wheel drive as well as hill descent control to allow the vehicle to safely navigate down slopes of up to 30 degrees. Other off-road options are available to make the Discovery almost unbeatable when venturing far from the pavement, like an adjustable air suspension, a locking differential, and a two-speed transfer box.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Discovery comes standard with seating for five, but a third row seat that boosts seating capacity to seven is available. On SE and HSE models, the third row requires the $2,195 7 Seat Pack, which also includes an electronic air suspension and a two-speed transfer case. Seating for seven is standard on Landmark and HSE Luxury models.
If you're looking to fill the Discovery with something other than people, you're in luck. Without the third row in place, you get 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space; with the second row folded, it grows to 83.7 cubic feet of space.
Discovery models are well equipped with standard driver condition monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and park assist. HSE and HSE Luxury models also get adaptive cruise control and high-speed automatic emergency braking.
Those last two cost extra on the SE and Landmark, either through the Drive Pack ($1,400) that also includes traffic sign recognition and an adaptive speed limiter or the Driver Assist Pack ($3,100) that adds a surround-view camera system to that trio.
Unlike many luxury SUVs, the Discovery also offers off-road driver assistance features. The optional Terrain Response 2 system optimizes vehicle systems to best match the environment, while All-Terrain Progress Control essentially acts as off-road cruise control.
The Land Rover Discovery features a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen in the dashboard, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All trim levels except the SE add navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, and a wi-fi hot spot alongside increasingly advanced Meridian audio systems as you climb the trim levels.
The Discovery also features options like a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. While the Discovery does offer keyless entry, you can take it a step further with the Activity Key ($410). The Activity Key is a waterproof key that is worn like a watch, allowing you to to easily go to waterlogged locations like the beach without fear.
The Discovery SE is the entry-level model, but it's still fairly well equipped. SE models get real leather seats, a fixed glass sunroof, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights with automatic high beams, and advanced parking assistance.
Those who wish to explore would do well to choose the $1,530 Capability Pack that includes the air suspension, two-speed transfer case, and the Terrain Response 2 system.
There are quite a few individual options, but standouts include four-zone climate control ($800), navigation ($900), satellite radio ($615), and an interactive driver display ($565).
The new Landmark adds a lot of value for a relatively small premium over the SE. It comes standard with a unique exterior design package including 20-inch black wheels, as well as trim-specific aluminum trim. Overall, it combines for a meaner look than the standard SE.
However, the Landmark isn't just a design package; Land Rover has given it seating for seven, a Meridian sound system, the transfer case, Terrain Response 2, a power sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and four-zone climate control.
In fact, the total price of adding these options and packages to the SE is over $1,000 greater than the difference between upgrading to the Landmark, which shows how great of a value this trim is.
The HSE may only be separated from the Landmark by a little more than $1,000, but there are some significant differences. The HSE doesn't come standard with the air suspension or the 7 Seat Pack, nor does it get the transfer box or Terrain Response 2. Additionally, it only receives three-zone climate control as opposed the the four-zone in the Landmark.
That said, the HSE does receive some advanced driver assistance features as standard, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go and high-speed emergency braking. It also receives the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as standard.
The best value among the available packages is the 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Pack. For $9,470, it basically groups all available packages together to add the third row, intelligent folding seats, four-zone climate control, Windsor leather, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front- and second-row seats, a heated third row, and much more.
Notable standalone options include a Wade Sensing system ($350) that will help you ford deep waters and a head-up display ($970).
The range-topping HSE Luxury approaches Range Rover territory in both price and features. It offers all features found standard in the Landmark and HSE trims, including the 7 Seat Pack, air suspension, transfer case, and more, while also adding a higher end Meridian sound system, Windsor leather seats, and the intelligent folding rear seats.
The 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort Pack now costs $1,985 and adds massaging front seats, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled front and second row seats, and a heated third row.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery to buy is unquestionably the Landmark, which packs in so many standard features that they're practically giving them away for free. It offers luxury, technology, and almost all of the off-road features you could want in a stylish package that outshines every other trim.