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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.

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.

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.

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Autocar

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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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


No eco rating

The Land Rover Discovery has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


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

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

Similar cars


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

Audi Q7 | BMW X5 | Land Rover Defender | Lexus RX | Mercedes-Benz GLE | Range Rover Sport | SsangYong Rexton | Toyota Land Cruiser | Volkswagen Touareg | Volvo XC90

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