Land Rover Discovery Overview
The Land Rover Discovery has been around since 1989, and is one of the world’s most sought after and coveted SUV nameplates. Over the years, it has developed an image and reputation for being a true workhorse, a very capable off-roader, and still has a very premium appeal about it. The new Discovery 5 is now ready to rumble, and tries to take all of that legacy forward, but in a new direction. For the past few years we have seen Land Rover consciously move all its existing brands up the price scale, in order to a) create room for each brand family to grow, and b) to create new families of vehicles.
We know that Range Rover will always be at the pinnacle of that pyramid, and now has a 4 member-strong family. Discovery follows, and then there will be the new Defenders. The Discovery Sport is the lower priced, smaller car, and the new Discovery 5 is the fullsized premium SUV offering. Now, to some, this will be the new 5th generation Discovery though given that two generations of the car just had massive updates, it could be called the 3rd too. But since Land Rover calls it the Discovery 5 that’s what I am going to stick to! Calculate EMI On Land Rover Discovery at Fincarz.
Land Rover Discovery Style
The new-age Land Rover Discovery ditches that for a more sleeker design, drawing inspiration from the new Range Rover. While the traditional might not like that, one must understand that the new design has made the Discovery more aerodynamic than before, which means better dynamics and higher fuel efficiency. The sleek twin-slat grille flows in line with the sleek LED wrap around headlights. The bumper gets a busier profile with vertical air intakes and a large central air dam. The clamshell bonnet, stepped roof and the inclined C-pillars are some of the design elements taken from the previous model. The same can be seen with the the off-centre number plate plinth. Dimensionally, the new Discovery is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase of 2923mm as compared to the LR4. Even the ground clearance has been increased to 283mm while the water wading depth too has been increased to 900mm.
The new Land Rover Discovery exterior, as mentioned before has a new futuristic look to it and as soon as you look at closely you get know that it’s a proper upgrade to the outgoing Discovery. The new LED headlamps look really futuristic and Range Rover like although it carries that sleek look with a blockydesigned back with new LED tail lamps. The glass roof adds to the attitude in its looks with new 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels. The size of the wheels depends on which variant one goes for.
Land Rover Discovery Space
Land Rovers generally have a very ergonomic instrument panel design and the Discovery is no different. The styling on the inside of the Discovery is simple, but it is built for purpose. The materials used on the instrument panel are first rate and the fit and finish is top notch.There are no two ways about it. If you go off the road, you are either on gravel, sand, snow, rocky bed or water. Generally, while driving on snow you wear gloves making operating the buttons and switches difficult. In case of the Discovery’s interiors, after some deep thinking the buttons on the centre console and even the steering wheel are made larger for easy operations.
The instrument panel gets the twin-dial speedometer that is easy to read. The centre console has a touchscreen music system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and aux-in input. The terrain-response system is also there on the Discovery 4— a feature that is standard across all the Land Rovers.The power window switches are mounted on the top as well. These are water proof one doesn’t need to worry about it in your windows are open even n rains. There is also a fridge in the centre armrest. There is also cruise control, for easy highway driving. Also, there is a sunroof and two moon roofs over each row.
The Discovery 4 has three rows of seating. The first two rows are well spaced, with decent room for your head and legs. However, the third row is a bit tight. Folding for the first time was difficult, but you do get a flat bed once the second and third row of seats are folded. We found it good enough for short trips. Generally people buying the Discovery 4, might be happier to have at the most only 5 people sitting inside. Check for Land Rover Discovery in tweetcast
Land Rover Discovery Gearbox
The Land Rover Discovery comes with a 3-litre turbo diesel that makes 260PS/600Nm. However, if you want more power , there is the 3-litre V6 supercharged petrol that makes 340PS at 6,500rpm and generates 450Nm at 3,500 – 5,000rpm. Both the units are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The Land Rover guys sent the petrol Disco’ for this test, and we weren’t complaining. Get the motor to a boil and you would instantly fall in love with the note it makes and would end up being addicted to it. The petrol motor in the Discovery is the same that does duty in the Jaguar F-Type V6, except that the state of tune is different.
Step on the throttle and the way this two-storey SUV starts moving linearly is impressive. Move past the lower revs and cross 4,500rpm, the exhaust note gets a lot sweeter. All the Discovery craves for is an empty patch where you can truly experience the full potential of the motor with the V6 screaming all the way to 6,500rpm. On the expressway, the Disco’ can effortlessly cruise at higher than usual triple digit speeds. We managed to make the Discovery reach the 100kmph mark in 8.1s. The kickdown at higher speeds is truly impressive and does come in handy during overtaking maneuvers. Supporting the motor is the lightweight 8-speed automatic transmission which helps unleash the maximum out of the motor with extremely precise and quick shifts.
Land Rover Discovery Rideing
The Discovery 4 has a smooth and composed ride. The suspension does a good job of absorbing most of the jolts and bumps. The Discovery 4 glides over bumps filtering out most of the shocks from being transferred into the cabin. The handling of the vehicle isn’t impressive considering the size and the centre of gravity of the SUV. But on highways and in city traffic the handling is good, and that is where the Discovery 4 will be spending a majority of its time. Even the steering wheel is light at low speeds and weighs up well when the speed increases. If some day the owner decided to take the Discovery 4 off the road, he shall be rewarded with the most capable off-road system. Five different terrain modes can be selected from the knob on the centre console. Off-roading in a Discovery is just effortless and this is the pinnacle of all the Land Rovers, even be it the voguish and urbane Evoque.
Land Rover Discovery Safety
The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound
Land Rover Discovery On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 84,78,334 to 1,28,14,497 for variants Discovery S Petrol and Discovery First Edition Diesel respectively. Land Rover Discovery is available in 10 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery variants price in Hyderabad,Check for Discovery price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Land Rover Discovery Final Thought
The Land Rover Discovery is a very practical car being the most capable amongst its competitors which are the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS and the BMW X5. It might not be the best in terms of performance among the competition but really gives you more value than the money spent on buying it. The features provided are also unique. Al though it looks smaller than the old Discovery, it is actually is quite similar in terms of size. The engines could have been more powered, but these 3.0 L petrol and diesel engines are really impressive. The Land Rover Discovery images can be seen on the Autoportal website, looking all glorious and ready to conquer terrains.