Discovery 2018 is a full-size SUV with an endless sense of
adventure, capable of seating five or seven.
introduced its fifth generation Discovery model for 2017, neatly
filling a gap between utility and refinement with luxurious
versatility since 1989.
2018 is a full-size SUV with an endless sense of adventure, capable
of seating five or seven.
brings the latest connectivity technologies, innovative storage
solutions, on/off-road capability, new design options, expanded
powertrain availability, new technology features and enhancements to
light Land Rover SUV architecture delivers comfort and adaptability,
while passengers stay connected and confident with smart technology
features. Up to eight mobile devices can now be connected to the
onboard 4G Wi-Fi to enhance passengersí digital connectivity.
Discovery brings InControl Touch Pro with a 10-inch touch screen,
the most advanced multimedia system Land Rover has ever offered, now
standard on all models.
screen supports swipe and pinch gestures and is fully customizable.
Natural voice control is also supported. With 10GB of solid-state
drive dedicated to music storage and enabling Gracenote album art,
InControl Touch Pro delivers a rich audio-visual experience.
services and applications connect the driver to the vehicle and the
outside world through features such as Protect, Navigation Pro,
Remote Premium, Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot, InControl Apps,
InControl Touch, InControl Touch Pro and InControl Secure. Services
include vehicle location, SOS Emergency Call, cutting-edge
navigation with 2-D and 3-D maps, smartphone integration and much
second-generation optional Head-Up display is all new with more
functionality and a new full-color display, and is available on HSE
and HSE Luxury models for $970.
HSE and HSE
Luxury models now have as standard a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver
Display with high-resolution, which can be personalized (in
conjunction with the Touch Pro system), in the instrument cluster
with exceptionally clear 3-D graphics.
optional Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection in now standard
on all models. The feature detects pedestrians as well as vehicles
and provides braking assistance up to 37 mph, while alerting the
driver with visual and audible warnings. Full emergency braking will
be applied in the case of an unavoidable collision at speeds as low
as 3 mph and up to 50 mph.
are available: SE, $52,090; HSE, $58,490; and HSE Luxury, $65,490
for models with a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline
A powerful and
efficient Td6 diesel engine is now available for all models,
delivering 254 horsepower from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. Paired
with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission (with rotary
shifter and paddle shifters), the Td6 offers strong performance and
increased fuel efficiency over gas models. The Td6 engine adds
$2,000 to the base price.
for 2017 were 16 mpg city/21 highway for 3.0-liter gas models, and
21/26 for diesel models. EPA estimates for 2018 are unavailable at
lots of features to assist in towing, off-roading and everyday
driving on hilly terrain and/or in inclement weather. Rear Height
Assist allows the driver to raise or lower the rear of the vehicle
to make hitching a trailer simple, while Hitch Assist uses
trajectory lines on the touch screen to aid in precise backing.
Trailer Stability Assist detects trailer sway and reduces the speed
of the vehicle to restore control.
Acceleration Control monitors speed during steep climbs for a
controlled ascent; Hill Descent Control maintains a constant speed
downhill, applying braking separately to each wheel; Hill Launch
Assist/Hill Start Assist aids the driver in pulling away on hills by
holding the brake long enough for the driverís foot to move from
brake to throttle.
Control senses and counteracts lateral G forces during quick turns
or evasive maneuvers by reducing engine power and braking the front
wheels, forcing them to lose traction and slide forward. Cornering
Brake Control helps maintain control in curves at high speeds by
selectively braking to help reduce understeer, keeping the vehicle
in the lane. Dynamic Stability Control helps the driver regain
control if a lack of grip or stability is detected, braking the
appropriate wheel or wheels and modulating engine output.
HSE Td6 was Loire Blue (dark metallic, $710), one of six metallic
exteriors including Corris Gray and new Byron Blue (light icy).
Twelve exterior colors are available ó standard Fuji White and
Narvik Black; and four Premium Metallic hues for $1,525, including
Namib Orange (burnt) and Carpathian (dark gray). Narvik Black
trimmed the silver two-bar grille, front vents, headlight housing,
fender badging, mirror caps, window surround, pillars, rear spoiler,
liftgate and liftgate badging. Silver Painted Roof Rails added $410
and thin LED fog lights added $105
choices are available, 20 and 21 inches, priced to $1,735, with
five, nine or 10 spokes, Silver Painted, Gloss Black, Diamond Turned
and Satin Dark Gray. My wheels were 20-inch Silver split 10-spokes
electric sunroof with tilt/slide front glass and fixed rear glass
had power blinds. A powered gesture tailgate and powered inner
tailgate operated with the kick of a foot under the corner of the
bumper when the smart key was within range.
was Vintage Tan Windsor leather with Ebony piping, door panels,
pillars, dash, carpet and headliner, which added $360. The interior
group included 14-way power front seat, driver seat memory, front
seat lumbar support, driverís seat-mounted armrest and second-row
center armrest with two cupholders.
trim choices are offered, some with caveats and restrictions on
available options ó one aluminum and three wood. My trim was
Natural Shadow Oak with Gloss Black and Brushed Metal accents on the
center stack/console, door handles, shifter, air vents, speaker
surrounds and steering wheel. High Gloss Charcoal Oak adds $615.
included in a $2,195 package along with a two-speed transfer case
(high/low range, "shift on the move," for challenging
off-road driving and extreme towing), and electronic air suspension,
allows seven adults to travel in comfort in full-sized seats.
The third row
had a head air bag, map lights and a 12-volt power outlet. The
second-row passenger side seat (60/40 split) folded and slid forward
for access to the third row. A smallish, nimble adult or a child
could easily enter. Placing a child seat, however, might be a
Intelligent Seat Fold ($1,095) included power-fold seatbacks in all
positions and a 60/40 split second row with manual slide and power
recline. Seatbacks folded using switches in the cargo area, the main
touch screen, or a smartphone app. If a seat is occupied or blocked
in some way, the system senses and makes necessary adjustments.
Folding the third row takes as little as 12 seconds, the second row
as little as 15 seconds.
suspension keeps Discovery stable, even in the toughest situations,
and even switches heights seamlessly when necessary.
The Seven Seat
Luxury Climate Comfort Package ($3,900) brought heated washer jets,
heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front and rear seats,
heated third-row seats, heated windshield and four-zone climate
control ó separate climate controls for driver, front passenger
and each side of the rear cabin, with multiple outlets at face, foot
and hip level. Two 12-volt power sockets in the second row added
There was lots
of storage including a sizable cubby behind the touch screen (it
tilts up to access the cubby), a deep bin under the center armrest,
a hidden bin with a 12-volt outlet under the sliding cupholders on
the center console and a secondary upper glove compartment with a
There were at
least five power outlets throughout the cabin. A retractable,
removable cargo cover added $155. Discovery has a total of 88.3
cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded and
43.5 cubic feet with the second row in place.
Surround Sound System added $870, and produced 825watts through 14
speakers and included Meridianís Trifield technology for the very
best world-class audio reproduction.
Plus Package for $1,275 brought an active rear locking differential
to deliver traction and stability in any off-road situation: Terrain
Response 2 for the first time in Discovery, to achieve the best
possible chassis and powertrain setup for the terrain by monitoring
driving conditions; and All Terrain Progress Control to maintain a
steady speed in challenging conditions and pull away smoothly, even
in low traction conditions.
had front and rear tow hooks under removable covers, which blended
into the charcoal body cladding, and a tow eye incorporated into the
Towing Hitch with Electrical Connector ($665).
Assist ($410) allows the driver to control the direction of the
trailer when reversing using the rotary Terrain Response 2
controller on the center console and guide lines on the 10-inch
touchscreen ó the system steers the vehicle, the driver operates
the brake and throttle.
Assist Package ($1,020) added auto-dimming exterior mirrors,
surround camera system and LED headlights with LED signature high
beam assist. Turn signals utilized the distinctive signature Daytime
Running Lamps "lightpipe," turning from white to orange
added $2,400 and brought a Driver Condition Monitor (warns a
drowsy/fatigued driver to take a break), Adaptive Cruise Control
with Queue Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert,
Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter (displays
traffic signs in the instrument cluster/HUD, alerts the driver when
speed limit changes, even adjusting speed if necessary) and Lane
Warning ($130) gave a visual alert and gently vibrated the steering
wheel when my Discovery drifted out of the lane.
Aid ($285) provided a 360-degree exterior view on the touch screen.
An Activity Key ($410) had a waterproof rubber wristband and could
be worn while swimming, fishing or, hiking instead of carrying the
key fob. Activity Key locks the doors and deactivates the key fob,
which can be left in the vehicle.
My Land Rover
Discovery was very comfortable, attractive, versatile and easy to
drive. Being a diesel, engine sound was evident, but not overly
was either hesitant or "jack rabbit" with apparently no
middle ground, depending on how aggressively I pressed the pedal.
Braking could be a little abrupt as well.
enjoyed my time in the Discovery. With $17,980 in options, my tester
was well equipped for daily driving or off-road use, although I didnít
get the chance to go off road.
delivered price, with $995 destination charges, was $79,465.