The new-age Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery attracting more than 1.2 million customers over the last 27 years. The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering everyday comfort and authentic adaptability like no other.
The new Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps families safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure every destination is reached.
The Discovery family has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of Discovery’s 27 years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them.
Trademark design features include the stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical need – the stepped profile optimises headroom for passengers travelling in the third row of seats. It also accommodates Discovery’s customary stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front, ensuring every seat is the best seat in the house.
Land Rover’s design and engineering integrity ensures the new cabin is able to accommodate seven full-grown adults in an SUV body measuring less than five metres in length (4970mm). Most similar-sized competitors provide 5+2 seating, but the new Discovery is designed for 95th percentile adults to sit comfortably in its rearmost seats, providing complete interior flexibility. Both third-row seats incorporate Isofix mounting points, so families have the freedom to put child seats in the most appropriate seat for any journey.
The Discovery’s interior continues the design revolution started by the Discovery Sport, where customers can specify a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.
The new Discovery provides world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing customers to reconfigure the second- and third-row seats with minimal effort using controls at the rear of the vehicle, the central touchscreen and even remotely via a smartphone app as part of the InControl Touch Pro Services.
The innovative feature allows owners to rearrange the seats from inside a shop while they queue to pay for large or bulky items, ensuring the vehicle is perfectly configured to accommodate their purchases.
Enjoying the spacious interior is made easier by another thoughtful Land Rover innovation, Auto Access Height. This technology reduces the ride height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle.
Alongside the spacious and flexible seating layout, the other key to the car’s superior versatility is Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The intuitive setup features a large 10-inch touchscreen positioned high on the centre console, enabling Land Rover’s designers to reduce the number of switches on the centre console by a third, delivering a clean and uncluttered appearance.
At every stage of its development, the new Discovery has been designed around the needs of its customers. This is evident when you look around the cabin, where there’s a host of convenient interior storage solutions for modern families.
The effort put into developing the first-rate cabin stowage has been matched by the thought put into its luggage space. The premium SUV provides up to 2406 litres of load capacity, or up to 1137 litres behind row two, and the new dual-purpose Powered Inner Tailgate provides all the versatility expected from a vehicle wearing the Discovery badge.
When raised, the fold-down panel at the leading edge of the load area operates as a practical load restraint, but when lowered, the 285mm overhanging section doubles as a bench for event seating or changing muddy footwear, all under the shelter provided by the new one-piece tailgate. This simple device replicates and enhances the functionality of the horizontally split tailgate fitted to previous generations of Discovery, such as the defunct Disco 4.
The new model retains the renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability, thanks to its combination of excellent off-road geometry and advanced technology, while improving its everyday usability.
Ground clearance is rated at 283mm (up 43mm), while a maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm) puts Discovery in a class of its own, providing unrivalled confidence when tackling both waterlogged tracks and flooded roads.
A comprehensive suite of off-road driving technologies ensures the new Discovery’s supreme all-terrain capability is easy to access for even inexperienced drivers. Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system optimises a range of settings, from throttle sensitivity to gearchange characteristics, to suit the driving conditions at the turn of a rotary controller. The system can even select the optimum setting automatically if drivers are unsure of the best choice.
The latest Discovery is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient range of 4- and 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox.