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LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SW

3.0 P360 R-Dynamic SE 5dr Auto

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As ever, the Land Rover Discovery is the most practical and capable large SUV you could choose. Now the opposition has even more to fret about, courtesy of improvements to this fifth generation model. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Without the Discovery model line, it's doubtful whether the Land Rover brand would even exist today. Launched back in 1989, the original version merely bolted more spacious bodywork onto an aging Range Rover chassis, but the sales it generated were enough to save the company. They also financed a more sophisticated five cylinder air suspended model in 1998 at the same time as the company's engineers were busily beavering away at something much better, third generation Discovery3 of 2004 which was ultimately developed into the Discovery4 of 2009. It took a further eight years before this more unusually-styled fifth generation model arrived, a car now thoroughly enhanced with JLR's latest MHEV electrified engine tech and media features. Potentially then, lots to look forward to.

Driving Experience

There's still something very special about a place behind the wheel of a Discovery. In contrast to more car-like rivals, it's not a cockpit-like experience with all the controls angled towards you as they would be in, say a Range Rover Sport. No, this is different - a place of command: a place to do business with the elements, be they the snake-infested swamps of the rainy season in the Serengeti or the snarled-up traffic of a wet windy morning on the school run. This improved version of the fifth generation model gets a more capable Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and Jaguar Land Rover's latest engine tech, all the units paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Only the entry-level P300 four cylinder 300hp petrol variant does without electrified assistance. Otherwise, the brand's 48V MHEV mild hybrid tech features across the line-up's remaining three 3.0-litre six cylinder powerplants. Most will want one of the diesels, either the D250, which has 570Nm of torque and 249PS; or the D300, which offers 650Nm of torque and 300hp. There's also a six cylinder petrol variant, the P360, with 500Nm of torque and 360hp. All variants get impressive towing capability, the diesel variants offering a class-leading 3,500kg braking towing total. Plus Land Rover has developed clever technology to make this towing ability more accessible. Advanced Tow Assist is an ingenious development which allows drivers to complete potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres when towing trailers, caravans and horseboxes with ease. As before, there's class-leading off road ability thanks to permanent 4WD and the standard 'Terrain Response' system. An optional Configurable Terrain Response set-up allows drivers to fine-tune the Discovery's throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and suspension settings to suit their preferences and requirements.

Design and Build

All the usual Discovery styling cues remain firmly in evidence - the clamshell bonnet, the stepped roof and the highly visible C-pillar. Visual changes to this improved Discovery are subtle. The signature LED headlights create a more purposeful look, plus there are animated sweeping front and rear indicators and a body-colour front fender vent. There are smarter signature LED rear lights too, which are joined across the back of vehicle by a new Gloss Black panel. Customers can also make their Discovery more eye-catching with an optional 'R-Dynamic' pack, which brings a revised front bumper and more purposeful Gloss Black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents. Inside, the key change is the adoption of JLR's latest 'Pivi Pro' centre-dash infotainment monitor with its bigger 11.4-inch full-HD touchscreen. This offers more immediate response, over-the-air updates, plus dual-SIM technology with LTE modems. It complements the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display digital instrument cluster screen, which can include a high-definition 3D navigation mapping. The steering wheel and gear selector have been re-styled too. The second row seats have been redesigned with longer, thicker cushions, better lateral support and careful seat profiling. But the fold-out third row chairs are no more comfortable than before. We like the Discovery's stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front, ensuring every seat is the best seat in the house. Unlike some of this car's 7-seat SUV rivals, the third row chairs are designed for adults as well as kids. Auto Access Height technology reduces the ride-height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle. You can specify a gesture-controlled powered inner tailgate and even with all three seating rows upright, there's still 258-litres of luggage space. With the first two seating rows in place, there's 1,137-litres of room. With everything folded, that rises to 2,391-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £52,000; that's for the base D250 diesel variant. You'll need around £4,000 more to graduate up to the gutsier D300. The base P300 petrol version costs around £53,000. There are three trim levels; 'S', 'R-Dynamic S' and 'R-Dynamic SE' and pricing rises up to around £65,000. There's also a Discovery Commercial van variant. A key standard equipment feature across the range is the 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system. And you're going to want to look at options like the 'Activity Key', a wristband that allows you to dispense with the usual key for when you're engaged in lifestyle country activities. Other key extras include a cabin ioniser, a head-up display and a gesture-controlled tailgate. There are various optional Meridian sound systems. And we'd also want Land Rover's Click and Go tablet holders, incorporated into the front seatbacks. The easy-to-use system also includes USB-A charging sockets that are perfectly located to minimise trailing wires. Using the onboard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, which is capable of linking up to eight devices, rear passengers can be entertained on even the longest journeys. You should also consider the upgraded 'Terrain Response 2' driving modes system, which adds extra drive modes and a set-and-forget 'auto' setting.

Cost of Ownership

It would be wrong to say that the MHEV mild hybrid engine tech has transformed this Discovery's running costs because it hasn't, but it's made a useful difference and has kept efficiency competitive. MHEV tech is based around use of a Belt integrated Starter Generator in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost under deceleration, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear load space. It's able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine under acceleration, while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. Let's get to the WLTP figures, starting with the diesels. Both the D250 and the D300 manage 33.5mpg on the combined cycle and 221g/km of CO2. It's a different story with the conventional P300 four cylinder petrol variant of course - 25.0mpg and 255g/km of CO2. Even the faster six cylinder P360 petrol variant does better (thanks to its MHEV tech), managing 26.4mpg and 241g/km. Of course, the driver will need to play his or her part in pursuit of cleanliness and frugality, selecting the 'Terrain Response' system's 'ECO' mode as often as possible and keeping an eye on the 'Eco Data' part of the infotainment screen. Here, you get various screen options. There's one that shows you the 'Energy Impact' of various electrical items. And another with so-called 'Eco Tips' that are supposed to improve your frugality. More useful is the 'Driving Style' display that marks your driving efficiency from 1 to 5 in three areas - 'acceleration', 'speed and engine' and 'braking' and gives you a percentage-based 'Driving Score' as a result. There's also a 'History' screen that graphically shows your recent efforts at frugality, awarding you a little trophy for your most economical journey.

Summary

The world takes on a different appearance from behind the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery. At the helm, you know you're in a car that can take on just about anything, be that a seven-up trip to the Alps or a relaxing ride home on a wet and slippery winter's night. But it's only when you put it through its paces in properly extreme terrain that the genius in its design becomes fully apparent. How can a car capable of such extremes on the rough stuff be so utterly easy to use on the school run? Only Land Rover knows. The more sophisticated design and clever in-car connectivity improvements of the enhanced version of this fifth generation model are welcome but ultimately, the recipe is as before. There's a clever, classless feel about this car that nothing else can quite replicate. Other rival SUVs claim to be tough but at the wheel, you're always a little hesitant to see them prove that. A Discovery's different, a uniquely capable SUV and a British success story that we should be proud of.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions243.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed130mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 11.4" touchscreen
  • 3D surround camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play
  • Blind spot assist
  • Clear exit monitor
  • Click and go integrated base unit
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Interactive driver display
  • Lane keep assist
  • Power inner tailgate
  • Push button start
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Remote
  • Remote boot release
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Sportshift selector
  • Stop/start system
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Trip computer
  • Wade Sensing

Entertainment

  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
  • Dynamic volume control
  • Pivi pro connected
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic laminated windscreen
  • Animated directional indicators
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Centre high mounted stop light
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti-trap
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight power wash
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen
  • LED desaturated signature tail lights
  • Narvik black Discovery script
  • P360 badge
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Sliding front sunroof and fixed rear panoramic roof
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Variable intermittent wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V power sockets
  • 12V USB charging socket in loadspace
  • Central hinged twin lidded storage
  • Ebony morzine headlining
  • Electric adjustable steering column
  • First and second row door bins
  • Footwell lights
  • Front and rear 12V with front USB
  • Front passenger seat isofix location point
  • In-facia storage
  • Loadspace cover
  • Loadspace Hook
  • Loadspace light
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Lower centre console storage
  • Luggage tie downs in loadspace
  • Metal treadplates with R-Dynamic branding
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Overhead lighting console
  • Premium carpet mats
  • Rear ISOFIX
  • Shopping bag hook
  • Storage glovebox
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Third row storage
  • Twin front cupholders with cover
  • USB with 12V socket in centre console

Packs

  • Online pack with data plan - Discovery
  • R-Dynamic black exterior pack - Discovery

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake pre-fill technology
  • Cornering brake control
  • Curtain airbags
  • Customer configurable autolock
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Emergency braking
  • ESP
  • Front side airbags
  • Gradient acceleration control
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill launch assist
  • Power operated child locks
  • Rear airbags
  • Roll stability control
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Intrusion sensor
  • Keyless entry
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Adaptive dynamics
  • Dynamic stability control
  • Electronic air suspension
  • Front axle open differential
  • Twin speed transfer box

Wheels

  • All terrain tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    243
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    238

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2995
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    10.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    25
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    26.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    360
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    P360
  • Coin Series
    R-Dynamic SE
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    42E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    21000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    360
  • Engine Power - KW
    265
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5123
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1888
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4956
  • Wheelbase
    2923
  • Width
    2000
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2220

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    90
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3210
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1997
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    172
  • Max. Loading Weight
    868
  • Max. Roof Load
    80
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2342
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

Ollie Emery

Ollie Emery

"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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