The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most veteran models the British carmaker makes. After the recent disappearance of the Land Rover Defender, Discovery has the arduous task of defending the standards that have made the firm what it is today. To do this, you must make a difference with the rest of the models on the market, something that is not easy.
The Land Rover Discovery is a very interesting model that combines the luxury and elegance of the brand’s top models with a slightly more rustic touch that does not hide its great off-road capabilities. In this way, a car is created whose main objective will depend on whether it runs on asphalt or off it.
In a market almost monopolized by ubiquitous SUVs, Discovery doesn’t have many rivals. However, there is still some lagging model that clings to the values of true SUVs. The latter include the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Jeep Cherokee. Other rivals may be the models of premium brands, but they do not manage to offer the versatility of Discovery.
Also, another point in favor of this car is its design, which has not been overcome by time. Its image is modern but without losing its original characteristics. It is a model that has been able to take as its own the most recent design features of the firm.
One of the fundamental pillars on which the success of the Land Rover Discovery is based in the iconic of its design. For many years it was somewhat conservative, as suggested by the style of the brand, but the last generation has taken a new twist.
The Discovery has managed to capture the balance between sportiness and off-road capabilities and has covered them with bodywork with a marked premium intention. The result is a multifaceted car capable of unfolding with ease whatever the context in which it moves.
The front of the Land Rover Discovery is quite conservative, although it has refined the classic forms. Now it has more rounded shapes that make the whole more dynamic. The headlights slightly reduce their size and are placed on the sides of an aggressive grill. The front bumper is robust and adds presence to the car.
On the side, you can see the symbiosis of styles that we mentioned before. The front has a charm that invites you to think about sports. The area of the doors stands out for the height concerning the ground, a fundamental element in an SUV. The final part adopts a much larger volume towards the trunk part. This increase in bodywork suggests a luxury SUV, another of the qualities pursued by the Land Rover Discovery.
Eventually, the rear end would also become part of the sophisticated facet of the car. The design of the pilots also contributes to this, which is very elegant. The lower fender departs from this elegance and opts again for off-road capabilities, in a way that balances the whole.
The interior of the Land Rover Discovery, at the height of a premium
As in the exterior, the interior of the Land Rover Discovery also enjoys that careful mix of elegance, sportiness, and adventure. However, the cabin is marked by one of them. We talk about the elegance that seems to flood the entire interior to bring it closer to other models of premium brands.
So much so, that some elements can appreciate the inspiration received from the Range Rover, although the Discovery label also makes an appearance. The result is impressive, and surprising how such a capable car can hide its performance in such an impeccable way.
The Land Rover Discovery cockpit offers a good command of the surroundings but is also comfortable enough. The steering wheel, paddles, and instrument cluster have a very consistent sober design, although a bit of extra technology is missing (the watches are still analog).
The center console is responsible for housing the air conditioning controls, mainly. A retractable control located between the two seats allows you to choose the driving mode (the transmission is automatic). In this way, the rest of the car’s controls, including those for the sound system and connectivity, fall on the touch screen located just below the central vents.
The rear seats have an enviable space. In the case of the knees, it is not much superior to that of similar models, but the head has several centimeters of hollow. On the other hand, this car can be chosen with five or seven seats. In the second case, the two extra seats are removed from the boot floor and are especially suitable for children, as they offer more limited space.
The range of engines made available by the Land Rover Discovery has a lot to do with other models from the firm. It consists of a total of five thrusters, all of them with great performance. Official data indicates that all of them maintain a reasonable consumption for their benefits, which is another point in favor.
The gasoline engine offering features a four-cylinder, 300-horsepower block, and a second, more powerful one with a V6 configuration that yields 340 hp. These are the most powerful engines available for Discovery, although some diesel could still shade them.
The diesel engines for this car have three variants. The least powerful is a two-liter 179 horsepower. The next level goes through a similar turbocharged block that rises to 241 hp. The last option is in charge of a V6 with 258 horses.
All engines arrive attached to an eight-ratio automatic gearbox. Likewise, as standard, they also have an all-wheel-drive system that allows the central differential to be locked.
Due to the success of the Land Rover Discovery, the firm has presented a more extreme variant with the last name SVX. This variant has a much more pronounced off-road aesthetic thanks to changes in the wheels and bodywork.
The interior also has some inserts that differentiate it from the basic model. In the mechanical section, it mounts a five-liter engine that develops 525 horsepower. It has a new shock absorbers that offer greater height to the body, and a new generation anti-tip system with hydraulic technology.