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Land Rover Discovery

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Summary


The Land Rover Discovery is a large seven-seat SUV. The current version was launched in the UK in early 2017 and is branded as the fifth-generation model, although it is really the third major iteration in the Discovery’s 30-year history.

The latest Discovery is also no longer built in the UK, as production shifted to Slovakia in 2018 (so it doesn’t get our “Best of British” badge).

The Land Rover Discovery has received a broad range of scores from the UK motoring media, ranging from below average to outstanding. Despite generating such diverse opinions, the Discovery is currently (as of August 2021) ranked equal best in its class alongside the Volvo XC90, and two points ahead of the Audi Q7.

The Discovery has received particular praise for its combination of on- and off-road ability, as well as its interior comfort and practicality. However, it has been criticised for its polarising rear styling, reliability issues and expensive price tag compared to rivals.

Poor reliability has long been a sore point for Land Rover in general, and the Discovery in particular. Latest information suggests that it’s certainly not getting any better – in a 2021 reliability survery, What Car? rated the Discovery as the second-most unreliable new car on sale.

At the end of 2020, the Discovery received a mid-life facelift that consisted of upgraded engines, much-improved infotainment system and minor styling tweaks.

As of March 2022, The Land Rover Discovery has an Expert Rating of 78%, based on 30 different reviews from the UK media.

Discovery highlights

  • Talented on and off the road
  • Practical and polished interior design
  • Leisurely driving experience
  • Roomy cabin
  • Improved infotainment

Discovery lowlights

  • Expensive when compared to rivals
  • Poor reliability record over many years
  • Cumbersome in urban areas
  • Poor fuel economy

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £53,150 on-road

Launched: Winter 2016/17
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2017

90%

ADULT OCCUPANT

80%

CHILD OCCUPANT

75%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

73%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Land Rover Discovery has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Land Rover Discovery has received

2021

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Seven-Seater

2020

  • WhatCar? Awards – Best Luxury SUV under £60K
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Luxury SUV

2018

  • News UK Motoring Awards – Dog-Friendly Car of the Year
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Luxury SUV

2017

  • Scottish Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year
  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year

2016

  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car, 1,900kg + category

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If you’re looking at the Land Rover Discovery, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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Land Rover DiscoveryThe Land Rover Discovery has received a broad range of media reviews, but has received consistent praise for its off-road ability.