2017 Land Rover Discovery
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is a luxury midsize SUV all new this year with a powerful engine, high quality interior and sleek exterior lines. It is off-road ready with lots of cargo space which means room for all your camping gear as well as all friends and family.
With great performance comes an unfortunate lacking in reliability; the Discovery came in nearly lowest for its class in its predicted reliability rating this year. It also lacks features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are included in many of its rivals.
If you need good towing capabilities, Discovery has you covered with a towing capacity of 8,201lbs when properly equipped which is enough power to tow a fishing boat or a small trailer. In addition to it being an off-roading beast, it also surprisingly delivers a soft, cushioned ride allowing for some extremely fun outings.
Land Rover’s Discovery has enough seating for five but can offer up to seven with its third row with leather coming standard. A few of the features included are a hands-free power liftgate and a powered inner tailgate that can be used as seating if need be during a tailgate or to hold cargo in place.
The base Discovery begins MSRP pricing at $49,990 with the HSE Supercharged at $56,950, the HSE Td6 Diesel at $58,950, the HSE Luxury V6 Supercharged at $63,950, and the HSE Luxury Td6 Diesel at $65,950, while a fully loaded Discovery can cost you in the low $80,000\'s. The base price is pretty standard for the midsize luxury category.
If you’re seeking the best price for what you receive, go with the HSE Luxury; it’s well equipped and still exhibits a competitive price-tag for the class.
The Discovery comes with a 340-horsepower six-cylinder base engine. There\'s also a turbodiesel engine that puts out 254 horsepower but has an outstanding 443 pound-feet of torque, making it a great choice for towing and off-roading with 8,201lbs towing capacity when properly equipped.
Available features that will enhance off-roading performance include hill-descent control, crawl control, and Terrain Response which allows you to adjust driving dynamics depending on whether you\'re driving through snow, sand, or mud. You won’t have many concerns (if any) if you decide to take your Discovery off the pavement.
Fuel economy estimates are not yet available as of writing this review.
There are four trims options to choose from: SE, HSE, HSE Luxury, and First Edition. All models feature a 6-cylinder gasoline engine and AWD, but two trims – the HSE and the HSE Luxury – are available with a turbodiesel engine instead of the base for a little extra: $2,000.
The Discovery\'s all-around performance is exceedingly impressive.
It has 83 cubic feet of cargo space and the base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and InControl infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Upgrades available are 4-zone automatic climate control, premium audio systems, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation with a 10-inch touch screen.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery interior comes in 5 styles. Style availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Vintage Tan/Ebony (Windsor + Seat Package), Ebony (Windsor), Nimbus/Ebony (Windsor + Seat Package), Glacier/Espresso (Windsor + Seat Package), Acorn/Ebony (Grained).
While this Range Rovers exterior is slightly utilitarian, it does have an almost futuristic, boxy appearance that we find intriguing. After all, is is incredibly important to be in style while driving your SUV across all terrain imaginable which you can assuredly do in the Discovery.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery exterior comes in 21 color variants. Color availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Namib Orange Premium Metallic, Silicon Silver Premium Metallic, Farallon Black Premium Metallic, Contrast Black Roof, Loire Blue Metallic, Aruba Premium Metallic, Montalcino Red Metallic, Firenze Red Metallic, Indus Silver Metallic, Yulong White Metallic, Fuji White, Scotia Grey Metallic, Corris Grey Metallic, Kaikoura Stone Metallic, Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic, Waitomo Grey Premium Metallic, Narvik Black, Aintree Green Metallic, Contrast Grey Roof, Natural Charcoal Oak, Brushed Linear Aluminum.
Range Rover’s Discovery has not yet been crash tested as of this review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Base model safety features are rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Optional features include surround-view camera, autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, a speed limiter with traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Discovery has a below average predicted reliability ratings of 2.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power and Associates making it one of the lowest for its class.
Land Rover backs the 2017 Discovery with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty which is just average for the class.
This midsize luxury SUV is certainly an excellent choice for many people who are focused on finding adventure on any terrain possible and want to do it in style.
With certain important aspects not yet having been rated or tested like safety and MPG, it can be a challenging proposition to be able to decide whether the Discovery is the right vehicle for you.
But it certainly has several redeeming aspects that make this a very appealing SUV, like its impressive off-roading capabilities and high towing capacity. Those with families will appreciate its spacious seats and generous cargo space while those in the front seat can play with the standard 8-inch touch screen and rock out on the ten-speaker audio system. If you want to upgrade, there are many more inviting options available like Wi-Fi hot spot, four-zone automatic climate control or up your 8-inch touch screen to a 10-inch.
Although there are plenty of other options in the class that can perhaps outperform the Discovery in certain ways, it’s still an attractive choice. Not every luxury midsize SUV will have the Discovery’s cushioned ride and performance abilities, leaving it open to personal preference for whether the Discovery is the right choice for you and your priorities and/or family.