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2020 Land Rover Discovery Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


This year, the Discovery has shed its 'brick on wheels' attire and has become pretty smooth and more powerful. Since its inception back in 1989, it established a certain reputation for the British manufacturer in terms of offroad abilities and has continued to do so till date. Carrying the baton forward, the 2020 Discovery is no less either. However, post the refreshed lineup, Land Rover did lose some of its reliability points due to the inferior build quality as compared to its rivals but the 2020 Discovery is here to change this ideology altogether. 

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Pros

Luxurious interior with ample features

Best in class utility and technology

Good off-road capability

Impressive 8-speed automatic

Cons

Slow and laggy infotainment interface

Poor fuel economy from Gasoline engine

Diesel engine seems low profile over Gas engine

What's New?

SE and HSE trim levels get more standard features

Slight bump in the price


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

340 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

332 lbs.-ft @ 3500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.5/66.4

dimensions

wheelbase

115 in.

length

195.7 in.

width

81.6 in.

height

73 in.

curb weight

4751 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

88.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

8201 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/21 mpg

highway range

493.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Land Rover Discovery in Corris Gray Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Fuji White color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Indus Silver Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Narvik Black color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Loire Blue Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Silicon Silver Premium Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Yulong White Metallic color  2020 Land Rover Discovery in Byron Blue Metallic color
Corris Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Interior

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Land Rover Discovery SE

SE

power
340 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$52,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $52,950 MSRP (16/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Indus Silver Metallic
  Corris Grey Metallic
  Yulong White Metallic
  Loire Blue Metallic
  Namib Orange Premium Metallic
  Byron Blue Metallic

 2020 Land Rover Discovery HSE

HSE

power
340 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$59,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $59,700 MSRP (16/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5   Indus Silver Metallic
  Corris Grey Metallic
  Yulong White Metallic
  Loire Blue Metallic
  Namib Orange Premium Metallic
  Byron Blue Metallic

 2020 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

HSE Luxury

power
340 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$67,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $67,200 MSRP (16/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7   Indus Silver Metallic
  Corris Grey Metallic
  Yulong White Metallic
  Loire Blue Metallic
  Namib Orange Premium Metallic
  Byron Blue Metallic

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2020 Discovery remains to be the most affordable vehicle to wear the Land Rover badge and it gets pretty evident on the inside. Though premium, the Discovery is no match to the top-notch finish offered by its other siblings. That said, all the Discovery models come fitted with the basic amenities that you'd look for in a car of this stature. With the base trim crossing the $50k mark, does the Discovery pose any threat to some of the serious contenders in the segment like Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Ford Expedition? Let's move ahead and find out.

Bronze 2020 Land Rover Discovery Front View
2020 Land Rover Discovery Three-quarter Front View
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2020 Land Rover Discovery Three-quarter Rear View

5.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Land Rover Discovery Features

5.5/10

For 2020, the Land Rover Discovery is available in three trim levels: SE, HSE, and HSE luxury. The base Discovery trim come powered with a supercharged V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The engine options comprise of a V6 diesel, V6 petrol, and a 2.0-liter Gasoline.

With a starting MSRP of $52,600, the 5-passenger Land Rover Discovery offers a 7-seat Package, with a 2-speed transfer case and air suspension, available with an extra $2,150. If you are looking for the diesel model then you need to spend extra $2,000 to the bottom line. The HSE Luxury trim level starts at $66,800.

Trim

SE

HSE

HSE Luxury

MSRP

$52,600

$59,400

$66,800

Key Features

 

Key features in addition to SE:

Key features in addition to HSE:

 

19" 5 split-spoke 'Style 5021' alloy wheels

20" 5 split-spoke 'Style 5011' alloy wheels

20" 10 split-spoke 'Style 1011' alloy wheels

Twin-Speed transfer box (high/low range)

 

Dark Atlas grille with Narvik Black surround

Atlas grille with Narvik Black surround

Electronic Air suspension

 

Body-colored door handles

Panoramic electric sunroof (tilt/slide front glass) with fixed rear glass

Chrome door handle

 

Fixed panoramic roof

Front and rear fog light

Auto-dimming, power fold

Front 16-way powered Windsor leather seats with driver memory

 

LED headlights with signature DRL with Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA)

Heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights

7 seats - heated front and rear seats

 

Power fold, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights

Front 12-way powered grained leather seats with driver memory

Powered third row seat with intelligent seat fold

 

Automatic Headlights and Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers

Meridian™ Sound System 380W with 10 speakers plus subwoofer

Meridian™ Surround Sound System 825W with 14 speakers plus subwoofer

 

360 Degree Parking Aid

Park Assist

Clear Exit Monitor

Blind Spot Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go

Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting

Heated steering wheel

 

Rear Traffic Monitor

High-speed Emergency Braking

 
 

Powered Inner Tailgate

Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed

 
 

Powered Gesture Tailgate

Keyless Entry

   
 

Front 12-way powered grained leather seats

Enhanced Sound System 250W with 10 speakers

Limiter

Interactive Driver Display

 
 

60:40 load through rear seats with manual slide and recline

Three-zone Climate Control

 
 

Touch Pro Navigation system

   

We Recommend

We’d go for the HSE trim as it offers an ample amount of features and with the bigger 20-inch wheels when you’ll be able to drive the SUV with confidence.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Engine and Performance

“The 2020 Discovery delivers impressive performance, on and off road.” - carconnection

The engine options available with the 2020 Discovery include a 3-liter Gasoline engine with a 340 hp, 3-liter diesel engine with 254 hp and a 2-liter turbo Gasoline engine with 237 hp. The V6 is paired with an effective 8-speed automatic gearbox. The 2-liter engine sometimes feels numb and is unable to generate much torque.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Engine
2020 Land Rover Discovery Engine

Models

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

MSRP

$53,295

$49,195

$86,060

$53,425

$56,695

$60,945

Engine

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.3L V8 Gas/Ethanol

5.7L V8 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

340 hp@ 6500rpm

355 hp@5600rpm

381 hp@ 5600rpm

375 hp@ 5000rpm

316 hp@ 5700rpm

329 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

332 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

383 ft-lbs@ 4100rpm

401 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

470 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

295 ft-lbs@ 2200rpm

325 ft-lbs@ 2900rpm

Acceleration

The acceleration offered by the Discovery is interesting even when you put light pedal. The engine works best inclined with the 8-speed automatic to ignore the noise felt outside. The acceleration is decent for a 3-row SUV. The Discovery posts 7.8 seconds in 0 to 60 MPH.

However, it feels slower than most of the rivals as they are able to achieve the same acceleration in less than 7 seconds.

Models

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

0-60 MPH

7.8 sec

6.7 sec

6.7 sec

6.2 sec

N/A

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

15.2 sec

15.1 sec

14.8 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.3L V8 Gas/Ethanol

5.7L V8 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8

10.4

N/A

9.3

7.7

8.4

Ride and Handling

With the available optional air suspension system, the SUV feels delight on rough pavements. The car manages to devour bad patterns on the road with great handling. You’ll experience the good speed even on sharp turns. The road dynamics matched best to the rivals in the segment.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Handling
2020 Land Rover Discovery Handling

Braking

The brakes on the SUV sports a 14.3-inch rotor in the front and a 13.8-inch rotor on the rear. The car is well balanced and never lets you loose the grip. The shifting momentum may appear to be unsettling but the SUV manages to get through it nicely. The SUV takes 123 feet to stop from a 60 MPH. Comparatively, this is not impressive while looking at the stats provided the competitors.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Wheel
2020 Land Rover Discovery Wheel

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Brake Front (in.)

14.3

N/A

13.9

13

13.6

14.8

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

N/A

13.6

13.5

12.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

121

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2020 Land Rover Discovery Fuel Economy

The Discovery SE return a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. The rivals, on the other hand, offer similar stats except for the Toyota Land Cruiser that turns out to be a thirsty SUV.

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

MPG (city)

16

15

13

17

19

19

MPG (highway)

21

22

18

24

26

25

MPG (combined)

18

18

15

20

22

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

376/494

390/572

320/443

396/559

357/489

428/563

Tank Capacity (gal)

23.5

26.0

24.6

23.3

18.8

22.5

2020 Land Rover Discovery Interior

7.5/10

“The 2020 Discovery barely hints at its ability inside. It’s a comfortable family vehicle with excellent front seats, good second-row seats, lots of room for cargo, and a well-trimmed interior.” - thecarconnection

Seats and Comfort

There’s plenty of headroom inside the SUV. The 2020 Discovery never hides its tall boy stance. The seats are comfy and one the best across the segment. For a prospective buyer, the seats equipped with leather surfaces, memory option, heating, and ventilation, can impress them anyways.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Seating
2020 Land Rover Discovery Seating

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Passenger capacity

5

8

8

5

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/60.4/42.4

42.8/64.8/45.3

38.3/61.0/42.9

42.0/64.9/43.9

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.9/59.5/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.9/61.1/34.4

40.0/64.8/41.5

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.8/58.5/38.8

Infotainment

A 10 inch infotainment touch screen is standard across all the available trims. The scree in sharp and responsive with right brightness and color. The MMI fails to impress as it feel laggy at times and the tough takes a longer time to respond. We found some of the common connectivity features like Android Connect and Apple CarPlay missing from the board.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Infotainment
2020 Land Rover Discovery Infotainment Display

Cargo Capacity

You get ample cargo space with the new Discovery SUV. The boot is big enough to accommodate your big luggage for long trips. The power liftgate eases your way to add luggage in the rear. The SUV features 43.5 inches behind the second-row seat, keeping the rivals at exclamation.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Cargo Space
2020 Land Rover Discovery Cargo Space

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

43.5

15.3

16.1

19.3

15.8

14.8

Interior Features

Key interior features of the Land Rover Discovery include:

  • Manually Adjustable Steering Column
  • Premium Carpet Mats
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Twin Front Cupholders
  • Two-Zone Climate Control
  • 2 Shopping Bag Hooks in Trunk
  • Analog Instrument Panel
  • Rotary Shifter
  • Ambient Lighting Overhead Downlighters Only Single Color (White)
  • Standard Treadplates
  • Driver and Passenger Sunvisors with Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Footwell Lamps (1st Row)
  • Front and Rear Puddle Lamps
  • Front Map Lights
  • Grab Handles R1 & R2
  • Illuminated Glovebox
  • In cabin trunk release (switch)
  • Large Bottle Holder (2 Liters)
  • Lower Main Glovebox
  • Luggage retention loops x 4
  • Rear Face Level Ventilation (B Pillar)
  • Storage - Central Hinged Twin Lidded Storage
  • Storage - First and Second Row Door Bins
  • Storage - Lower Center Console Storage
  • Storage - Outboard Driver Side Storage Bin
  • Storage - Rear Left/Right Storage Cubby Box
  • Storage - Third Row Storage
  • Tailgate lights for loadspace
2020 Land Rover Discovery seating
2020 Land Rover Discovery seating
2020 Land Rover Discovery infotainment
2020 Land Rover Discovery infotainment
2020 Land Rover Discovery steering
2020 Land Rover Discovery Steering
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2020 Land Rover Discovery
2020 Land Rover Discovery glove compartment
2020 Land Rover Discovery glove compartment
2020 Land Rover Discovery armrest
2020 Land Rover Discovery armrest
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2020 Land Rover Discovery
2020 Land Rover Discovery seat folded
2020 Land Rover Discovery seat folded
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sunroof
2020 Land Rover Discovery sunroof

2020 Land Rover Discovery Exterior

“The Discovery’s exterior shuns the blocky SUV design long associated with classic Land Rover SUVs, becoming softer and more rounded.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The Discovery SUV is a big SUV with a curb weight of 4751 lbs. With its segment biggest width of 81.6 inches and height of 73 inches, the Discovery never tries to hide away from its large size image. The big five-spoke wheels add extra magnification to the overall character of the SUV. The blackened exterior enhances the exterior look throughout the body. In comparison to the rivals, the Audi Q7 surpasses the dimensions of the Discovery SUV. In terms of the ground clearance, the Ford Expedition leads the charge by offering a distance of 9.8 inches.

2019 Land Rover Discovery
2020 Land Rover Discovery Side View

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

Length(in)

195.7

204.0

194.9

210.0

194.9

199.6

Width(in)

81.6

80.5

78.0

79.9

79.1

77.5

Height(in)

73.0

74.4

74.0

76.6

69.9

68.5

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

7.9

8.9

9.8

9.4

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

115.0

116.0

112.2

122.5

117.5

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

66.5/66.4

N/A

64.9/64.7

67.6/67.2

65.7/65.8

66.1/66.6

Exterior Features

Exterior features on the Land Rover Discovery include

  • Body Colored Door Handles
  • Infrared Reflective Windshield
  • Power fold, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights
  • Automatic Headlights/Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Heated Windshield
  • Power Windows (front and rear) with remote power locking (global close) and Power operated child locks
  • Rear Screen Wash Wiper
  • Variable Intermittent Front Wipers
  • Discovery Script Hood and Rear
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Reversing Lamps
  • Center High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
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2020 Land Rover Discovery front view
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2020 Land Rover Discovery side view
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2020 Land Rover Discovery top view
2020 Land Rover Discovery top view
2020 Land Rover Discovery headlight
2020 Land Rover Discovery headlight

2020 Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery has received a 5-star rating in the safety test conducted by the NHTSA. However, the IIHS test results are not available at this moment. The automaker has added lots of safety features across the trim levels this year. The Parking Sensor is available as standard now.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Safety
2020 Land Rover Discovery Driving Assistance

Safety Features

  • Audible Seat Belts Warning (inc third row)
  • Customer Configurable Autolock (doors lock on driveway)
  • Front Side Impact Airbags
  • Perimetric Alarm
  • Rear Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners (outer seats on Second Row, Third Row)
  • Rollover Deployment of Restraints
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Rear Traffic Monitor

2020 Land Rover Discovery Competition

Land Rover Discovery VS Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 gives a tough rivalry to the Discovery SUV. It has a sturdy and solid build quality. The infotainment is easy and responsive unlike the one we found on the Discovery. Like always, the Audi Virtual Cockpit is a gem to have in the car.

However, the Audi has compromised the boot space to a large extent. The off-road capability also lags behind. Somewhere, the Land Rovers seems to have dome some justice to the Discovery by improving its performance.

2019 Audi Q7
2020 Audi Q7

Land Rover Discovery VS Volvo XC90

The inline 4 cylinder engine with the Volvo XC90 is powerful but doesn’t feel like deliverable at times. However, the third-row seat offers generous spacing in the XC90. The Discovery wins here over the off-road potential. The Discovery is always a better pick against the Volvo XC90.

2019 Volvo XC90
2020 Volvo XC90

 

2020 Land Rover Discovery Final Verdict

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is similar to the 2018 iteration. Like last year, the car comes with minor updates. Moreover, we loved the addition of extra features on the safety front. Some of the buyers won’t mind the slight price hike for this year after all the off-roading capability of the SUV still looks unmatched. It is one of the best family SUVs to have.