The Land Rover Discovery comes in four different trims for 2017 and with a choice of two different powertrains. A 3.0L supercharged V6 is the base engine, providing 340 horsepower and giving the Land Rover Discovery a respectable 0-60 time of a claimed 6.9 seconds. The optional engine is a 3.0L Turbodiesel making 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. While acceleration is slightly slower for the diesel, the extra torque provides a more relaxed powerband, while fuel economy is also improved. Besides, with a 0-60 time of 7.7 seconds, the diesel version can't exactly be called slow. On all Discoveries, power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Base SE trim is available only with the gasoline engine and includes most of the amenities one would expect on a $50,000 vehicle, and then some. Standout features on the SE include 19-inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, automatic headlights, power folding and heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, a parking assistance system, a 10 speaker stereo and an 8-inch touch screen for the interior.
HSE models get 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof and keyless entry. Inside, HSE trimmed Discoveries come with an upgraded 380 watt Meridian sound system, a bigger 10-inch screen, a navigation system and 12-way adjustable seats.
The Luxury trim features unique 20-inch wheels, chrome door handles 16-way power adjustable Windsor leather front seats, heated front and rear seats (all seven of them!) a powered third row of seating, an 825 watt 14-speaker sound system, tri-zone climate control and additional ambient lighting. Interestingly, the Luxury trim includes some extra off-roading goodies as well, such as a twin-speed transfer box with a high and low range for off-roading, and an electronic air suspension system which can raise and lower the vehicle.
For 2017, there is a Discovery First Edition trim, which includes just about everything from the Luxury trim along with bigger wheels, a surround Camera system, an active key and body colored door handles.
The Land Rover Discovery was originally built to take adventurous families into the wild on Sunday and then to work and school on Monday. Nearly three decades later, the Discovery has traded its boxy look for something a bit more sleek and modern, but its core mission remains the same.
The Land Rover Discovery slots in between the Discovery Sport and the larger Range Rover. It comes standard with room for five, but a third row can be added. There are four trims: SE, a new Landmark Edition, HSE and HSE Luxury. The Discovery can be had with a supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline engine, but my tester has something special: a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Regardless of engine choice, an eight-speed automatic transmission puts the power down to all four wheels.
The diesel engine makes 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which is enjoyable both on- and off-road. It supposedly boasts fuel economy improvements over the supercharged V6, too: 21 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, compared with 16 mpg, 21 mpg and 18 mpg respectively. That said, after a week of testing I'm only seeing 21.7 mpg, but of course, your mileage may vary. Do note, the diesel engine also costs $2,000 more than the V6, as well.
The Good ~ Available diesel power ~ Class-leading off-road capability ~ Lots of space for passengers and cargo
The Bad ~ Infotainment tech is frustrating to use ~ Competitors offer better driver-assistance systems
The Bottom Line The Land Rover Discovery is an off-road champ that's pretty comfy for commuting, but its onboard tech is infuriating.
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