2017 Land Rover Discovery

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2017 MODEL
$49,990 - $73,950 See Inventory Prices

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OK, this one's a beast - both off the road and on. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is now in its fifth iteration and this time around one can just tell that Land Rover has, through its redesign and enhanced performance, decided to firmly cement itself at the top of the SUV segment.

Replacing the boxy-looking and extremely utilitarian LR4 version, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is lighter, quieter and significantly more agile than its predecessors. With the ability to take on any kind of terrain (a legacy that Land Rover has retained with pride), the Discovery is the SUV that can quite literally take you anywhere.


8.2/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 

6.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With the newly designed cabin and the extensive use of aluminum in the frame, the Discovery now features better fuel economy, handling and ride comfort. This one is a luxurious vehicle for sure, with the added ability to go off road and into the wilderness if you so choose fit. The "Disco", as it is fondly called, certainly looks like its here to stay.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Features

8.2/10
Trim SE HSE HSE Luxury
MSRP

 

(Si6)

$49,990 $56,950 $63,950
MSRP

 

(Td6)

N/A $58,950 $65,950
Key

Features

  • Halogen headlights
  • Manually adjustable steering column (4-way)
  • Gloss Black finisher
  • Seat Package 2 - consists of Grained leather seats and 12-way (10-way electric) front seats
  • Keyless Entry
  • Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Enhanced Sound System 250W with 10 speakers
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • LED headlights with LED signature
  • Power adjustable steering column (4-way)
  • Natural Shadow Oak veneer
  • Seat Package 3 - Grained leather seats and 12-way (10-way electric) front seats with driver seat memory
  • Keyless Entry
  • Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Meridian Sound System 380W with 10 speakers and a dual channel subwoofer
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio & HD Radio
  • Front fog lights
  • Power adjustable steering column (4-way)
  • Natural Shadow Oak veneer
  • Seat Package 4 - Windsor leather seats with 16-way (14-way electric) front seats with driver seat memory
  • Keyless Entry
  • Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Meridian Surround Sound System 825W with 14 speakers and a dual channel subwoofer
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio & HD Radio

With three trims available in total, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery features a slew of tech advancements and safety features starting at about the $50,000 mark ranging up to a little over $60,000 for the highest trim. The SE is the standard base model, which is priced at just under $50,000, is slightly higher than what one would expect from this segment.

The HSE and HSE Luxury models come with a turbo diesel powertrain and offer package options that can range from $2,000 to $10,000 in price. Considering that other SUVs in this segment start at around $38,000, the Discovery is by no means a cheaper alternative - vehicles like the Volvo XC90 and the Range Rover Sport are equally enthusiastic competitors for the coveted top-in-segment spot.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Engine

7.5/10

"It's quite an achievement to have a vehicle that is as good on pavement as it is over punishing terrain. Whether you intend to use it for the daily commute or scaling a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, the Discovery does either without compromise." -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery features a superbly crafted 3.0L Supercharged V6 engine that spits out an impressive 340 bhp of power via its 8-speed automatic transmission – figures that are on par with most of its competitors. With a diesel option also available, consumers may be tempted into choosing the more fuel-efficient (up to 26 mpg) and torque-laden version. It’s takes on the miles with ease – long drives are a breeze in this vehicle, and the Discovery is just as comfortable cruising around suburbia as it is taking on an off-road challenges.

Models

Land rover Discovery SE

Infiniti QX70

BMW X6 sDrive35i

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium

MSRP

$49,990

$45,850

$62,500

$49,000

Engine

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.7L V6

3.0L DOHC 24 Valve Inline 6 Turbocharged

3.0L TFSI V6 DOHC

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

340 hp @ 6500 rpm

325 hp @ 7000 rpm

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

332 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

267 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

300 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm

The Discovery features one of the most powerful engines amongst its peers, with a cool 40 bhp more than the BMW X6 and feels great thanks to its jolting 332 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. With the added aluminum that has gone into the frame of the Discovery, the vehicle feels far more nimble and aerodynamic than the rest of the competition.

Acceleration

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is agile and nimble, thanks to the use of aluminum in its frame – it clocks a 0-60 MPH time of 6.6 seconds – impressive, to say the least. With great torque numbers (332 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm), the Discovery feels superb off the line and accelerates with a passion and intent that is far more refined than the previous iterations such as the LR4.

Models

Land rover Discovery SE

Infiniti QX70

BMW X6 sDrive35i

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

6.0 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter mile

15.0 sec

14.5 sec

14.4 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.7 L

3.0L

3.0 L

Emission

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

9.8

9.3

8.4

8.4

The Discovery comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission (with all-wheel drive as standard across all variants, of course) that can be controlled and set up using a rotary shift knob. It’s a competent off-roader as well, mind you, thanks to its dedicated features such as low-range gearing, hill-descent control and a locking rear differential.

Handling and Steering

The Discovery is a bit of a hunkering beast, and the Discovery lets you know that fact as son as you step into the drivers seat. Flexibility and dexterity on the road isn't the greatest, and the vehicle feels a bit top-heavy when changing course - although it is notable that the ride quality is quite excellent overall. This is further improved upon if one chooses to add the optional air suspension, effectively cancelling out any harsh bumps in the road one may encounter.

Braking

The brakes on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery feels surprisingly inadequate, no thanks to its soft-feeling pedal that doesn't do much by way of instilling confidence in wanting to gun the vehicle down the road. The HSE version comes to a dead stop from 60 MPH at the 186 ft mark - not even close to acceptable considering one of its main competitors in the segment, the Audi Q7, stops at a mere 155 ft. Let's face the facts - braking is not one of the Discovery's highlights.

Model Land Rover Discovery SE Infiniti QX70 BMW X6 sDrive35i Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium
Brake Front (in.) 14.3 12.6 13.7 14.8
Brake Rear (in.) 13.8 12.1 12.6 13.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4835 4,209 4630 4,938
60-0 MPH (ft.) 186 N/A N/A 155

The Discovery is also one of the heftiest vehicles in its class, with a resting curb weight of 4835 lbs, only surpassed by the Audi Q7. With sizable front and rear brakes of 14.3 and 13.8 inches respectively, it may come as a bit of a surprise that the Discovery isn't quite confidence inspiring when it comes down to braking.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Fuel Economy

6.4/10

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is a bit of a gas-guzzler - the fuel economy figures within the city come in at a paltry 16 MPG whereas it gives you a slightly more respectable (although not nearly enough) 21 MPG on the highway, making for a combined score of 18 MPG, a figure far lower than the what the Discovery's competitors such as the Audi Q7 and BMW X6 are capable of.

Model Land rover Discovery SE Infiniti QX70 BMW X6 sDrive35i Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium
MPG (city) 16 17 18 19
MPG (highway) 21 24 25 25
MPG (combined) 18 19 21 21

It is notable, however, that the diesel variant of the Discovery is far more efficient than its gasoline counterpart - if you're in it for fuel economy and getting your money's worth, the diesel trim is most definitely the way to go.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Interior

8.1/10

"One of our few gripes with the Discovery is that the seat padding is overly firm. Otherwise, it does luxury right, and there is very little to sacrifice in exchange for its off-road ability." -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has had a complete overhaul on the inside, and how. With a fantastic range of view from almost every seat, the passengers are assured of wide panoramic view of the road and the car's surroundings.

With oodles of space in all three sections of the car, it shouldn't be difficult for most 6-foot drivers to get in and out of the driver's seat with ease. The raised and swept back roof allows for ample headroom in the middle row, while the third row gets an impressive amount of legroom and thigh support, a class leading achievement.

Model

Land Rover Discovery SE

Infiniti QX70

BMW X6 sDrive35i

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

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

39.4/60.5/39.0

39.3/57.3/44.7

38.3/59.9/40.4

38.4/59.5/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.5/57.4/34.6

37.2/57.0/35.9

38.8/58.5/38.8

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

The adjustable armrests in the driver's section of the car are worthy of high praise, and the third row can accommodate adults quite comfortably. It's also noteworthy that the Discovery also comes with four full sets of LATCH connectors that help affix safety child seats.

The Discovery boasts of over 20 seating configurations backed up by an array of motors that are easy to use, and the cabin is replete with storage spaces and cubbyholes and the hidden compartment behind the HVAC controls is a pleasant surprise.

Interior Features

Here is a list of the standout features in the 2017 Land Rover Discovery's cabin:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • 10-speaker, 250-watt audio system
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • 12-way-adjustable front seats
  • Rear parking sensors

Optional features include:

  • Tri-zone climate control
  • 10-inch Hi-Def Infotainment screen
  • Powered inner tailgate
  • Air suspension
  • 2-speed transfer case
  • 825 watt Meridian audio system
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking
  • Surround camera system
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Traffic sign information

Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is slightly slower to respond than other systems in rival vehicles - the menus feel sluggish and slow to the touch. Land Rover has made their proprietary InControl Touch system as standard across all its models, and the base model features an 8-inch screen whereas the higher trims sport a slightly larger 10.2-inch one.

With seamless Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity, the optional 825-watt Meridian audio system brings stellar sound quality to the Discovery's cabin. With the added option of a Wi-Fi Hotspot powered by a 3G connection and the nine USB slots placed at various points within the cabin, using and charging your electronic devices is an absolute breeze in this vehicle. It does miss out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however.

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • Land Rover's InControl Touch infotainment system
  • 8-inch screen
  • 9 USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 10-speaker audio system

The optional upgrades include:

  • Navigation assist
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Real-time weather and traffic info
  • 14-speaker Meridian audio system

Cargo Volume

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery boasts of a wide array of storage spaces for small items within the cabin, some of which can even be used to keep beverages and snacks cool. With the seats folded up, the Discovery offers up a class leading 45 cubic feet in the second row and an immense 82.7 cubic feet in the third row.

Model Land Rover Discovery SE Infiniti QX70 BMW X6 sDrive35i Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium
Cargo Volume 3rd row up (ft.3) N/A N/A N/A 14.8
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 45.0 24.8 26.6 37.5
Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3) 82.7 62.0 59.7 71.6

2017 Land Rover Discovery Exterior

8.3/10

"Discovery's soft exterior hides an interior that could have been plucked from a Range Rover." -thecarconnection

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been completely redesigned from the ground up from the nicely contoured hood to the swept-back rear end, the Discovery is imposing to say the least. Its hefty profile allows it to remain planted constantly, whether it's on asphalt or on mud. You also get the option of raising the ground clearance with the add-on air suspension, making the Discovery stand tall and proud at an impressive 11.1 inches.

Model Land Rover Discovery SE Infiniti QX70 BMW X6 sDrive35i Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium
Curb weight (lbs.) 4835 4,209 4630 4,938
Length(in) 195.7 191.3 192.0 199.6
Width(in) 78.7 75.9 78.1 77.5
Height(in) 72.7 65.0 66.5 68.5
Ground clearance (in) 8.7 7.4 7.8 9.3
Wheelbase (in) 115.0 113.6 115.5 117.9
Track width (in) F/R 66.6/66.6 64.4/64.6 64.7/67.2 66.1/66.6

The Discovery is only second to the Audi Q7 in terms of curb weight, making it one of the heaviest cars in this segment. The car features a fixed glass roof as standard for the base model, allowing for a fantastic view of the sky above as you zoom across the highway. The HSE and the HSE Luxury trims of the Discovery replace the fixed glass roof with a panoramic sunroof and also feature 20-inch wheels as opposed to the standard 19-inch wheels on the base model.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Power-operated tailgate
  • Active/Passive Key Fob options
  • Power adjusting side mirrors
  • 20-inch alloy wheels in HSE and HSE Luxury trims

2017 Land Rover Discovery Safety

Safety Ratings and Features

The IIHS and NHTSA have not yet rated the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery comes with an array of standard safety features - some of these include:

  • Terrain Respone Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • InControl Protect Emergency SOS system
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Dual Stage Driver driver Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera

2017 Land Rover Discovery Competition

Land Rover Discovery vs Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is one of the Discovery's top competitors in this segment - with an emphasis on safety and a luxurious inner cabin, the XC90 boasts of tech advancements and the added advantage of housing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a feature that's completely absent on the Discovery.

The XC90, although it may not be as versatile off-road when compared to Discovery, certainly holds its own in city conditions, aiding in a better daily driver. It's also significantly cheaper than the Discovery; so if you're looking for a car that is going to be spending more time on the highways and city streets than in the wilderness, you're definitely better off in the Volvo.

Land Rover Discovery vs Range Rover Sport

By far the only vehicle in this class that can match the Discovery awesome off-road capabilities, the Range Rover Sport houses a massive 510-horsepower supercharged V8 engine that simply won't quit. With features nearly identical to that of the Discovery, the Range Rover is priced slightly higher than its counterpart. It is also more athletic and agile compared to the Discovery but falls short in terms of cargo space.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Final Verdict

The Discovery is an off-road beast it can tackle almost every kind of terrain you throw at it with relative ease, thanks to its significantly lighter frame, more-than-adequately powered engine and off-road technology. It also features an amazingly well-designed interior cabin that is a blend of luxury and functional practicality. Besides its low predicted reliability rating, the Discovery holds good in all other aspects in this segment, giving machines like the Volvo XC90 and the Range Rover Sport a run for their money, and then some.

Pros

Completely redesigned exterior and interior

Very powerful engine

Fanatastic off-road capability

More cargo space than before

Cons

Guzzles gas with a passion

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on offer

Brakes feel underwhelming

What's New?

Exterior design

Luxury interior

Two-hour off-road driving course


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49990

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

133 mph

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

340 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

332 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115 in.

length

195.7 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

72.7 in.

curb weight

4835 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

45 cu ft.

towing capacity

8201 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.4 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

186 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/18/21 mpg

highway range

493.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Land Rover Discovery in Narvik Black color  2017 Land Rover Discovery in Corris Gray Metallic color  2017 Land Rover Discovery in Indus Silver Metallic color  2017 Land Rover Discovery in Fuji White color  2017 Land Rover Discovery in Santorini Black Metallic color
Narvik Black

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Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine

7.5

Fuel Economy

6.4

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.3

Driving

8.3

Comfort

7.8

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Land Rover Discovery SE

SE

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

$49,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $49,990 MSRP (25/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE

HSE

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

$56,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $56,950 MSRP (25/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

HSE Luxury

power
254 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$63,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $63,950 MSRP (25/23/21) 254 hp @ 3750 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Land Rover Discovery First Edition

First Edition

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

$73,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
First Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $73,950 MSRP (23/18/21) 340 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

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