2018 Land Rover Discovery Diesel SUV

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Originally, the Land Rover Discovery has forever sported a look some may describe as ‘brick on wheels’ but never has anyone doubted its off-road pedigree. In its latest iteration, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a sleek and modern looking vehicle that stays true to its off-road heritage while following the present Land Rover luxury and style philosophy.


Powering the vehicle is a 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. There is bucketloads of torque available on tap to power this big and hefty vehicle over obstacles which it does with relative ease.

Make no mistake, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a full-fledged luxury offering complete with oodles of creature comforts to keep the occupants submerged in opulence while the vehicle triumphs over outside elements. All these features do push the Disco’s price tag to around $54,090 but its a car that demands all the bells and whistles the bloated price tag brings.

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Features

There are three different trims to pick from on the 2018 Land Rover Discovery. A total of three engine options are available. There is a good ol' V6 diesel, a V6 petrol, and the new 2.0L Ingenium petrol motors with all of them paired to an 8-speed auto shifting gearbox.

Even the base SE trim sports a modest amount of features. The list of features includes 19 inches 5 split spoke wheels, 10-inch screen, powered tailgate and much more. Spend a few extra bucks and you can have the mid a table HSE variant for a price tag of $58,490.

Extra price brings on extra goodies such as a bigger 20-inch wheel, panoramic roof, juiced up sound system, auto heat seats and much more. The top of the line HSE Luxury variant is the most expensive Land Rover Disco you can buy with a price tag of $65,490 which firmly puts it on the upper berth of the Luxury segment. The list of features include LED Signature headlamps, power sunroof, leather seating surface and much more.

Trim

SE

HSE

HSE Luxury

MSRP

$54,090

$60,490

$67,490

Feature

19" 5 Split-Spoke 'Style 5021' Alloy Wheels

Dark Atlas Grille with Narvik Black Surround

Body-Colored Door Handles

Halogen Headlights

Power Fold, Heated Door Mirrors with Approach Lights

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Powered Gesture Tailgate

Rear Parking Aid1

Leather Seats

Land Rover Enhanced Sound System 250W with 10 Speakers (Land Rover Incontrol Touch)

10" Touchscreen

Keyless Entry

Fixed Glass Sunroof with Fixed Rear Glass Panoramic Roof (Including Power Blinds)

20" 5 Split-Spoke 'Style 5011' Alloy Wheels

Atlas Silver Grille with Narvik Black Surround

Power Sunroof (Tilt/Slide Front Glass) with Fixed Rear Glass Panoramic Roof (Including Power Blinds)

Powered Gesture Tailgate

Body-Colored Door Handles

LED Signature Headlights with Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA)

Power Fold, Heated Door Mirrors with Approach Lights

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Rear View Camera

Keyless Entry

Grained Leather Seats

Meridian\u2122 Sound System 380W with 10 Speakers Plus Subwoofer

10" Touchscreen

Touch Pro Navigation System

20" 10 Split-Spoke 'Style 1011' Alloy Wheels

Body-Colored Door Handles with Noble Surround

LED Signature Headlights with Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA)

Power Fold, Heated Door Mirrors with Approach Lights

Rear View Camera

Keyless Entry

Powered Gesture Tailgate

Power Sunroof (Tilt/Slide Front Glass) with Fixed Rear Glass Panoramic Roof (Including Power Blinds)

Windsor Leather Seats (Seat Package 4)

Meridian Sound System 825W with 16 Speakers Plus Subwoofer

10" Touchscreen

Touch Pro Navigation System

60:40 Load Through Rear Seats with Manual Slide and Recline

Four-Zone Climate Control

Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting

Heated Front and Rear Seats

Intelligent Seat Fold

We Recommend

The mid-table HSE engine with the V6 engine is probably the better family SUV that you can take off-road with confidence. The bigger wheels certainly add to the overall appeal and the extra features that the trims sports is something that the new Disco yearns for.

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Engine

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery can handle nearly any driving situation you throw at it. When cruising along the highway, you'll enjoy quick acceleration and a cushioned ride. On twisty stretches of road, the Discovery will handle turns with composure. Once the pavement ends, this SUV will easily keep moving along on terrain that many other luxury SUVs couldn't dream of conquering.- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The list of engines on the Disco include a 3.0L Petrol engine good for 340 hp, a 3.0L diesel engine with 254bhp and 2.0L turbo petrol with 237 hp. The V6 pair does a wonderful job of tugging around the heavy mass of the vehicle with grace. The 2.0L engine, however, feels too stressed most of the times and even then the momentum generated doesn't feel sufficient.

On paper with rivals, the Land Rover Disco and its competitors share more or less the same power figures.

Models

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

MSRP

$54,090

$49,100

$ 49,900

Engine

3.0-Liter Td6 V6 Turbocharged Diesel

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

254 hp

250hp @ 5600 rpm

252 hp

Torque

443 lb-ft

258 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

273 ft-lbs

Acceleration

Acceleration on the Disco sports is exciting yet composed even you put the pedal to the metal. The engine does its best to make less noise but the vibrations can still be felt inside the cabin and even more so on the steering wheel. The acceleration is not too far from something one would expect out a 3 ton SUV.

On a 0-60 mph run, however, the Disco posts a time of 8.1 sec which makes it's much slower than all of its competitors namely the Volvo XC90 which does the sprint in 6.4 sec and the Audi Q7 which does the same in a segment-best 5.7 sec.

Models

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec

6.4Sec

5.7 sec

Quarter mile

16.6 sec @ 83.6 mph

15.5sec

14.2 sec

Engine

3.0L

2.0L

2.0 L

Emission

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

9.0

7.7

8.4

Ride and Handling

Complete with its optional air ride suspension, the car feels supple and planted on roads. It devours bad patches of the road with great ease and even the body roll which the disco has been synonymous with has been curtailed to a great extent. The car never droopy over sharp turns at modest speed. The XXL size, however, does it make it feel like you're lugging a long load all the time.

Go over a sharp turn at good speeds and the vehicle will remind you of its size and heft in a subtle manner. On-road dynamics are not exactly segment besting with the rivals doing a much better job. But, off-roading in something that the range rover has established itself with and none of its rivals can displace it.

Braking

The brakes on the 2018 Land Rover Disco sports a 14.2-inch rotor in the front and a 13.8-inch rotor on the rear. The car never feels out of control even on the most generous application of the brake pedal but there's no denying that the shift of momentum is pretty unsettling for the passengers especially the car is full to capacity.

On paper, the rivals are clearly much better than the Disco which takes around 133 ft to come to a halt from 60 mph. Both Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 take around 124 ft and 120 feet respectively to do the same halt.

Model

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

Brake Front(in)

14.2

13.2

14.8 in

Brake Rear(in)

13.8

12.1

13.8 in

Curb weight(lbs)

4916

4394

4969

60-0 MPH (ft.)

133

124

120

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Fuel Economy

The diesel V6 on the Disco does a fair job of being fuel efficient returning around 23 mpg combined. The rivals on the other hand fare same in the fuel economy testing returning around the same figure as the Disco.

Model

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

MPG (city)

21

22

19

MPG (highway)

26

28

25

MPG (combined)

23

24

21

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Interior

It's easy to get in and out of the Discovery provided you can open the long doors far enough. Once inside, you'll find a commanding driving position with good outward visibility. Some of the controls are odd, though, and the otherwise roomy cabin can feel narrow at the elbow and shoulder.- edmunds

Seats and Comfort

Due to its tall boy design, there is plenty of headroom available for everyone in the cabin which does its best but fails to hide the fact that front legroom could've used a slight bump to be in accordance with large headroom. The seats, however, are one of the better ones in the segment. Complete with leather surfaces, memory option, heating and ventilation the seats are enough to put a smile on the face of future buyers.

In terms of legroom in the rear, the Audi Q7 reigns supreme with a second-row legroom of 38.8 inches while being closely followed by the Disco at 37.6 inches and then the Volvo XC90 at 37 inches

Model

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

Passenger capacity

5+ (2)

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.0/60.4/42.4

38.0/58.0/40.9

38.4/59.5/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.0/59.5/37.6

39.0/57.0/37.0

38.8/58.5/38.8

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

Infotainment

A 10 inch infotainment screen is common on all trims of the Land Rover Discovery. The screen looks grand in appearance due to its rich color and brightness. The MMI however, fails to impress due to its laggy nature, Touches take a more than enough time to register sometimes and menu change animation is slow as well.

Modern connectivity features such as Android Connect and Apple CarPlay are also missing on the Disco. Although buyers are bound to get used to it in due time but the Disco does lag behind in terms of infotainment usability.

Cargo Capacity

With it boxy origins, the Land Rover Disco has never been short on cargo capacity. The boot is big enough to swallow luggage for the whole family on a long journey or a trip to the airport. The boot lip angles are well thought out to enhance the ease of loading luggage while the power tailgate is a welcome feature as well

The Disco features space of 40.2 inches behind the 2 row which puts in the middle with the Volvo XC90 taking the lead with 41.8 inches and the Audi Q7 at the bottom end with .37.7 inches.

Model

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube)

N/A

85.7

14.8

With 3nd row folded (ft.cube)

40.2

41.8

37.7

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

85.0

NA

71.6

Interior Features

Key interior features of the Land Rover Discovery include

  • 10-inch screen
  • Steering mounted controls
  • Party openable panoramic sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Meridian sound system

Max Towing Capacity

With a towing capacity of 7716 lbs, the Land Rover Discovery is the king of the segment with its best in class towing capacity

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

Towing Capacity

8100

5000

7700

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Exterior

The Discovery's exterior shuns the blocky SUV design long associated with classic Land Rover SUVs, becoming softer and more rounded. The new language is clearly in step with the Range Rover and the Discovery's little brother, the Discovery Sport.- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

There's no denying that the Land Rover Disco is a huge vehicle with a substantial curb weight of 4916 lbs. With it its segment largest width of 81.6 inches or class-leading height of 73 inches, the Disco never tries to hide away from its XXL image. The big 5 spoke wheels add to the character of the car. The blackened exterior panels on the better-equipped variants go a long way in enhancing the overall appearance as well.

In comparison with rivals, the Audi Q7 is clearly the longest in the segment with a length of 199.6 inches. In terms of ground clearance, its the Volvo XC90 that leads the charge with a distance of 9.4 inches from the ground.

Model

Land Rover Discovery (SE)

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

Audi Q7

Curb weight(lbs)

4916

4394

4696

Length(in)

195.7

194.9

199.6

Width(in)

81.6

79.1

77.5

Height(in)

73.0

69.9

68.5

Ground clearance(in)

8.7

9.4

7.8

Wheelbase(in)

115

117.5

117.8

Track width(in) F/R

66.5/66.4

66.1/66.6

66.1/66.6

Exterior Features

Exterior features on the Land Rover Discovery include

  • 19 inch or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlamps with LED
  • Discovery moniker on the front
  • Blackened Honeycomb grill
  • Auto folding mirrors

Wheels

The wheels on offer include 19-inch wheels that are standard on the base trim. A larger set of 19-inch wheels is available with the mid-level HSE and top end HSE luxury trim.

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Safety

The Land Rover Discovery has not been tested by the major testing organizations yet but you can expect this flagship Land Rover SUV to score well on the test. The safety features are seemingly endless with a lot of active and passive safety features such as stability control, traction control, side impact beams etc. making on to the list as standard features.

Safety Features

  • Terrain Response Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • InControl Protect Emergency Sos
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Competition

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a true German SUV with a solid and sturdy build. The exterior bathes in a subtlety and the interior boasts clean and well laid out patterns. The seating is a little low slung according to SUV standards which may make it feel like an estate. The infotainment is easy to use and fluid in its operation and general interior Audi signature goodies like the Virtual Cockpit is pretty as well as functional.

However, the Audi is not a utilitarian car at all. The boot room is compromised to a large extent which may come in as a surprise due to the large overhang at the back. The off-road ability is largely limited as well. It fights hards to make sense but is unable to beat the Land Rover Discovery

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90, took the game by storm when it was launched. The interior is a breath of fresh air and is something different from the German monotony. The inline 4 cylinder engine is appropriately powerful for the SUV and does not feel too stressed at any time. The third-row seating is generous as well.

The off-roading segment is where the XC90 stutters while the Disco sails away smoothly. The boot space is generous as well but it's not utilitarian enough to beat eh Land Rover. If you want a more passenger-oriented SUV, the XC90 is the weapon of choice. Otherwise, the Land Rover Disco is better than the XC90.

2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV Final Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery in its 2018 iteration might irk many of its followers with the out of the box styling especially in the rear but none can hide away from the fact that the new Disco is now better than it has ever been. The level of luxury on the inside that it now holds makes it par with the rivals which put its right back in the game. It's off-road ability still manages to be unparalleled and so does its overall utility. The 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a great family SUV that can take you where few vehicles can. Overall, it's something that buyers in the segment simply can't ignore,

Pros

Firmer ride

Opulent interior

Feature packed

Off road prowess

Cons

Uncoordinated exterior

No modern connectivity features

Big and wide footprint

Less efficient than immediate contenders

What's New?

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery build upon the new gen 2017 model. A new budget-friendly trim now joins the line with a 2.0L Gasoline engine. The 2018 Disco largely carries on the outgoing model with a little to no changes.



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Namib Orange Premium Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV SE Td6

SE Td6

power
254 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
23 combined

$54,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $54,090 MSRP (21/23/26) 254 hp @ 3750 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV HSE Td6

HSE Td6

power
254 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
23 combined

$60,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $60,490 MSRP (21/23/26) 254 hp @ 3750 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Land Rover Discovery diesel SUV HSE Luxury Td6

HSE Luxury Td6

power
254 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
23 combined

$67,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
HSE Luxury Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $67,490 MSRP (21/23/26) 254 hp @ 3750 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA