Why would I buy it?
For its unparallel space and comfort levels. Also, it performs well even after you've run out of tarmac.
Why would I avoid it?
Can get cumbersome within city limits. Doesn't steer as well as the competition.
Although a brilliant family car, the previous-gen Land Rover Discovery (the LR4) was underwhelming to drive and felt utterly old-school. The fast-evolving competition didn’t do it any favours either and with the buying trends changing significantly all the time, Land Rover has had to add to the Disco’s arsenal, while retaining all its practical attributes and off-road ability.
Say hello to the all-new 2017 Discovery which, as you may have figured by now, resembles the Range Rover and in some ways, the smaller Discovery Sport. Nonetheless, it’s a big old thing and there’s no getting away from its immense bulk. Measuring nearly 5 meters in length (4,970mm) and riding 1,846mm off the ground, the new Discovery demands attention and thanks to its Range Rover-like styling cues, gets plenty of it.
In comparison to the previous car’s top-heavy stance and boxy lines, the 2017 model looks very different but is still unmistakably a Discovery. After all, it retains some of the design features like the distinctive stepped roofline and a rather high waistline. At the rear, you will find a new single-piece tailgate design, which has replaced the previous horizontally split configuration. The taillights, too, are now stacked horizontally and look particularly sporty. Lastly, the offset rear number plate is a clear nod to the previous-gen Discos; however, we aren’t too fond of this new layout as it makes the rear-end look out of place with the rest of the design.
Getting in and out of the Discovery can be a task. Thankfully, to aid entry and exit, it lowers itself by an initial 15mm when the ignition is turned off or someone unclips their seat belt. When the door is opened, the car is lowered by an additional 25mm for easier entry/exit. The Disco, then, returns to its automatic ride height within seconds of driving. This is all thanks to the air suspension which is standard across all variants.