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Larger and more luxurious than ever, but is there still a clear enough niche in the modern Land Rover family for the new Discovery?

An icon of British motoring, since its introduction in 1989 the Land Rover Discovery has thrived in its role as a leading member of the Solihull family. The Disco’s role has always been to bridge the divide between the indomitable (and only recently discontinued) Defender and the superbly polished Range Rover offerings. From the brutality of the famous Camel Trophy events, to unforgiving cross-continental excursions, the Discovery’s unmistakably boxy, stepped-roof profile has always lent itself to carrying its aftermarket nudge bars and myriad roof-mounted regalia straight from the wilderness to the school run. While shared components has always characterised the evolutionary paths that both Discovery and the Range Rover portfolio have taken over the years – and despite how much development work has gone into steadily refining the past two Discovery generations (through four models) – that careful distinction between the ruggedness of a Land Rover against the sophistication of a Range Rover has always been clearly defined. Until now.

Foretold by the extension of this famous name onto what was essentially the Freelander replacement, the Discovery Sport’s introduction in 2014 paved the way for the modern styling cues sported by this new Discovery … and a number of us on the CAR team feel that’s something of a pity. While the new car shares its platform (and thus identical wheelbase) with the current Range Rover Sport, it also shares much of the Range Rover’s styling – particularly from the front – and the more characterful lines of the previous-generation Disco are all but lost. Perhaps for its softer family-familiar nose, the abundance of sheet metal aft of its B-pillar, or the failed attempt at maintaining a semblance of heritage via an offset rear number plate, it’s difficult to picture the Discovery 5 finished in a Camel Trophy Sandglow paint job, or even fitted with a roof-top tent.

Styling (and price, but more about that later) considerations aside, this new Disco is a better vehicle in every respect. Employing the Range Rover’s all-aluminium monocoque platform that replaces the previous car’s more complex (and costly) Integrated Body Frame structure, there is a vast improvement in interior space, as well as a significant mass saving. It’s a heavy car at 2,2 tonnes, but the TD6 HSE Luxury featured here was 211 kg lighter on our scales than the Discovery 4 3,0 TDV6 HSE test vehicle from our February 2010 issue.  A raised and impressively comfortable driving position offers both a welcome sense of resemblance to the previous-generation Discovery, but also the latest in terms of technology and convenience features offered by Jaguar Land Rover. In HSE spec, this includes full leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system and a full bouquet of infotainment functionality operated via a 10,0-inch InControl Touch Pro screen. Adding further appeal, Luxury models gain electrically operated seating (with memory), as well as adjustable ambient lighting.

If not quite matching the likes of Audi in terms of simplicity of use and placement of nice-to-touch materials, there’s still a lot to be said for the solid look and feel offered by this newest Land Rover. Indeed, it’s here where the historical nuances between the “lesser” Discovery and, in particular, the Range Rover Sport, have become blurred. While a hint of the famous stepped roofline remains in the exterior design of the new Discovery, gone is the raised second-row seating position associated with this package.

Thankfully, with an aforementioned extended wheelbase (by 38 mm), rear passengers enjoy an appreciable amount of both leg- and headroom. A fairly contentious omission from the standard specifications list of even this top-of-the-range model is folding third row of seats. Want them and you have to add R21 800 to the overall price. Another extra is the ability to operate all five rearmost seats electronically (including via a smartphone app) and this adds another R22 100 to the bill. That said, despite the fact that their tall, raised headrests impact rearward visibility (already affected by the middle second-row seat), the inclusion of these two additional pews offers impressively comfortable seating for two average-size adults.

Folded flat (or omitted from the package), luggage capacity in the new Discovery is bettered only by the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Mimicking the current Range Rover Sport range (and the entry-level Range Rover), all new Discovery models marketed in South Africa feature one of the brand’s fettled turbopetrol or turbodiesel, V6-configured and longitudinally mounted engines, mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. A solid, if not overly sprightly (0-100 km/h in 8,74 seconds) performer, the TD6 unit featured here offers a healthy 600 N.m of torque from a low 1 750 r/min allowing for steady, leisurely progress aided by the seamless workings of its well-refined transmission. A further advantage of this engine option, if to the detriment of its already relatively thirsty nature, is its impressive ability to tow (up to 3 500 kg braked).

Mounted as standard on air-sprung dampers, the new Discovery’s double wishbone front/multilink rear suspension is one set up with long-distance comfort (and off-road ability) in mind. Where, by way of comparison, the similarly sprung but more athletic Range Rover Sport feels less top-heavy and has a dynamic edge, the Discovery offers more comfort over tarmac imperfections and especially gravel roads. While the advantages of this softer setup certainly add to the sense of “head north until we see the ocean” adventure, it could prove cumbersome in the confines of an urban environment. On the subject of adventure, it’s somewhat surprising to note that the ultimate, go-anywhere Land Rover (in HSE spec) still requires an optional (R26 800) Capability Plus Pack, which includes an active rear differential and the latest Terrain Response 2 upgrade (including an auto function), in order to be optimally trail ready. Then again, if you are prepared to take this pricey luxury SUV off-road, there’s very little that will get in the way of a modern Discovery (including a 900 mm deep river).
Larger and more luxurious than ever, but is there still a clear enough niche in the modern Land Rover family for the new Discovery?

An icon of British motoring, since its introduction in 1989 the Land Rover Discovery has thrived in its role as a leading member of the Solihull family. The Disco’s role has always been to bridge the divide between the indomitable (and only recently discontinued) Defender and the superbly polished Range Rover offerings. From the brutality of the famous Camel Trophy events, to unforgiving cross-continental excursions, the Discovery’s unmistakably boxy, stepped-roof profile has always lent itself to carrying its aftermarket nudge bars and myriad roof-mounted regalia straight from the wilderness to the school run. While shared components has always characterised the evolutionary paths that both Discovery and the Range Rover portfolio have taken over the years – and despite how much development work has gone into steadily refining the past two Discovery generations (through four models) – that careful distinction between the ruggedness of a Land Rover against the sophistication of a Range Rover has always been clearly defined. Until now.

Foretold by the extension of this famous name onto what was essentially the Freelander replacement, the Discovery Sport’s introduction in 2014 paved the way for the modern styling cues sported by this new Discovery … and a number of us on the CAR team feel that’s something of a pity. While the new car shares its platform (and thus identical wheelbase) with the current Range Rover Sport, it also shares much of the Range Rover’s styling – particularly from the front – and the more characterful lines of the previous-generation Disco are all but lost. Perhaps for its softer family-familiar nose, the abundance of sheet metal aft of its B-pillar, or the failed attempt at maintaining a semblance of heritage via an offset rear number plate, it’s difficult to picture the Discovery 5 finished in a Camel Trophy Sandglow paint job, or even fitted with a roof-top tent.

Styling (and price, but more about that later) considerations aside, this new Disco is a better vehicle in every respect. Employing the Range Rover’s all-aluminium monocoque platform that replaces the previous car’s more complex (and costly) Integrated Body Frame structure, there is a vast improvement in interior space, as well as a significant mass saving. It’s a heavy car at 2,2 tonnes, but the TD6 HSE Luxury featured here was 211 kg lighter on our scales than the Discovery 4 3,0 TDV6 HSE test vehicle from our February 2010 issue.  A raised and impressively comfortable driving position offers both a welcome sense of resemblance to the previous-generation Discovery, but also the latest in terms of technology and convenience features offered by Jaguar Land Rover. In HSE spec, this includes full leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system and a full bouquet of infotainment functionality operated via a 10,0-inch InControl Touch Pro screen. Adding further appeal, Luxury models gain electrically operated seating (with memory), as well as adjustable ambient lighting.

If not quite matching the likes of Audi in terms of simplicity of use and placement of nice-to-touch materials, there’s still a lot to be said for the solid look and feel offered by this newest Land Rover. Indeed, it’s here where the historical nuances between the “lesser” Discovery and, in particular, the Range Rover Sport, have become blurred. While a hint of the famous stepped roofline remains in the exterior design of the new Discovery, gone is the raised second-row seating position associated with this package.

Thankfully, with an aforementioned extended wheelbase (by 38 mm), rear passengers enjoy an appreciable amount of both leg- and headroom. A fairly contentious omission from the standard specifications list of even this top-of-the-range model is folding third row of seats. Want them and you have to add R21 800 to the overall price. Another extra is the ability to operate all five rearmost seats electronically (including via a smartphone app) and this adds another R22 100 to the bill. That said, despite the fact that their tall, raised headrests impact rearward visibility (already affected by the middle second-row seat), the inclusion of these two additional pews offers impressively comfortable seating for two average-size adults.

Folded flat (or omitted from the package), luggage capacity in the new Discovery is bettered only by the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Mimicking the current Range Rover Sport range (and the entry-level Range Rover), all new Discovery models marketed in South Africa feature one of the brand’s fettled turbopetrol or turbodiesel, V6-configured and longitudinally mounted engines, mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. A solid, if not overly sprightly (0-100 km/h in 8,74 seconds) performer, the TD6 unit featured here offers a healthy 600 N.m of torque from a low 1 750 r/min allowing for steady, leisurely progress aided by the seamless workings of its well-refined transmission. A further advantage of this engine option, if to the detriment of its already relatively thirsty nature, is its impressive ability to tow (up to 3 500 kg braked).

Mounted as standard on air-sprung dampers, the new Discovery’s double wishbone front/multilink rear suspension is one set up with long-distance comfort (and off-road ability) in mind. Where, by way of comparison, the similarly sprung but more athletic Range Rover Sport feels less top-heavy and has a dynamic edge, the Discovery offers more comfort over tarmac imperfections and especially gravel roads. While the advantages of this softer setup certainly add to the sense of “head north until we see the ocean” adventure, it could prove cumbersome in the confines of an urban environment. On the subject of adventure, it’s somewhat surprising to note that the ultimate, go-anywhere Land Rover (in HSE spec) still requires an optional (R26 800) Capability Plus Pack, which includes an active rear differential and the latest Terrain Response 2 upgrade (including an auto function), in order to be optimally trail ready. Then again, if you are prepared to take this pricey luxury SUV off-road, there’s very little that will get in the way of a modern Discovery (including a 900 mm deep river).
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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5 (opt 7)
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Hill descent control downhill brake control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Optional
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: lane keep assist
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Standard
  • Attention assist rest assist break alert: Standard
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • Electric child proof safety lock switch: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: front passenger + outer rear (incl. with opt 3rd row)
  • Directional turning headlights: opt LED
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: opt LED
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: emergency-brake flashing hazard lights
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Self levelling suspension: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Head up display: Optional
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: adaptive
  • Active adaptive cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + rear + boot
  • Central locking: keyless
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: std (opt activity key)
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: Optional
  • Sun roof: std + fixed rear panoramic
  • Panoramic roof: fixed rear
  • Electric seat adjustment: front (opt rear recline / opt 3rd row / opt 3rd row remote)
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: driver
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Highbeam assist: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: front + rear + rear camera + surround view (opt sided / opt park assist)
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Towbar trailer hitch: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 1090 km
  • Driven wheels: all
  • Driven wheels quantity: 4
  • Gearratios quantity: 8
  • Lowrange: Standard
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Diff lock: electronic centre (opt active rear)
  • Front tyres: 255/50 R20 (opt 255/60 R19 / opt 275/45 R21 / opt 285/40 R22)
  • Reartyres: 255/50 R20 (opt 255/60 R19 / opt 275/45 R21 / opt 285/40 R22)
  • Spare wheel size full: Standard
  • Air suspension: Standard
  • Length: 4970 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 2073-2220 mm
  • Height: 1852 mm
  • Wheel base: 2922 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 283 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 12.7 m
  • Approach angle: 34.0
  • Break over ramp angle: 27.5
  • Departure angle: 30.0
  • Wading/fording (water crossing) depth: 900
  • Load volume / capacity: 1231-2500 (258-1231-2500 with optional 7 seats) L
  • Load volume / capacity: 2500 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 2230 kg
  • Gross weight (GVM): 3050 (3170 with optional 7 seats) kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 3500
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 85l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 9.4 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 6.9 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 7.8 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 207g/km
  • Power maximum: 190 kW
  • Power maximum total: 190 kW
  • Power peak revs: 3750 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 85 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 600 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1750-2250 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 600 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 269 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 8.1s
  • Maximum top speed: 209 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 2993 cc
  • Engine size: 3.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 3.0TD
  • Engine + detail: 3.0 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: V
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: V6
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 24
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 5
  • Warranty distance (km): 100000 km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): 26000 km
  • Service interval (time): 1
  • Brand: Land Rover
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 35047530
  • MMVariant: DISCOVERY 3.0 TD6 HSE LUXURY
  • MMintrodat: 2017-03-14
  • Introdate: 2019-06-20
  • DuoportarecordID: LandDisc5e54

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