2017 Land Rover Discovery

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Third row is large enough to fit adults comfortably
  • Power-folding offered for all second- and third-row seats
  • More ground clearance than an LR4 (11 inches)
  • High-quality materials
  • Three overhead glass panels make cabin feel airy
  • Better fuel economy than LR4

The Bad

  • Styling is less rugged
  • Forward collision warning is not standard

Notable Features of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

  • Replaces the outgoing LR4
  • Five seats standard; third-row is optional
  • Two V-6 engine options
  • Optional two-speed transfer case and air suspension
  • Rear entertainment system with screens in the headrests
  • Up to nine USB ports for device charging

2017 Land Rover Discovery Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

 Land Rover calls the Discovery an SUV that can legitimately accommodate "seven full size adults," though it comes standard with five seats (a two-position third row is optional). Even so, the exterior dimensions are modest.

New for 2017

At 195.7 inches long, the Discovery is more than a foot longer than its nameplate sibling, the Discovery Sport, but it's shorter than Land Rover's flagship SUV, the five-seat Range Rover. It goes on sale in mid-2017 and will start around $50,000, about $12,000 more than the smaller Discovery Sport.

Exterior

A spitting image of the Discovery Vision concept shown at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the Discovery doesn't look much like the Discovery Sport. Refreshed for 2017, the smaller Sport has circular headlights and taillights that lend a perky, cute-ute expression. Not so with the full-size Discovery, whose lights are piercing and decidedly horizontal. It has the effect of an angrier Range Rover Sport.


A stepped roofline lends plus-sized dimensions behind the C-pillars; it also ties the Discovery to its historical predecessors. The asymmetric tail, meanwhile, is a stylistic gamble. Land Rover offset the Discovery's license plate to the driver's side so it flanks one taillight while the other light sits adjacent to the brand's green badge. It's a throwback to earlier Discoveries, which also had an asymmetric tail with an offset plate. But the prior design had clea...

Vehicle Overview

 Land Rover calls the Discovery an SUV that can legitimately accommodate "seven full size adults," though it comes standard with five seats (a two-position third row is optional). Even so, the exterior dimensions are modest.

New for 2017

At 195.7 inches long, the Discovery is more than a foot longer than its nameplate sibling, the Discovery Sport, but it's shorter than Land Rover's flagship SUV, the five-seat Range Rover. It goes on sale in mid-2017 and will start around $50,000, about $12,000 more than the smaller Discovery Sport.

Exterior

A spitting image of the Discovery Vision concept shown at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the Discovery doesn't look much like the Discovery Sport. Refreshed for 2017, the smaller Sport has circular headlights and taillights that lend a perky, cute-ute expression. Not so with the full-size Discovery, whose lights are piercing and decidedly horizontal. It has the effect of an angrier Range Rover Sport.


A stepped roofline lends plus-sized dimensions behind the C-pillars; it also ties the Discovery to its historical predecessors. The asymmetric tail, meanwhile, is a stylistic gamble. Land Rover offset the Discovery's license plate to the driver's side so it flanks one taillight while the other light sits adjacent to the brand's green badge. It's a throwback to earlier Discoveries, which also had an asymmetric tail with an offset plate. But the prior design had clear asymmetry.

Interior

Three overhead glass panels (including a traditional moonroof up front) should let a lot of light into the cabin. A pillar-like center panel splits the dashboard, with plenty of hidden storage in and around it -- from a compartment under the cupholders that can hold up to four iPads to a flip-down panel for the climate controls that exposes a cubby behind it. An available multimedia display measures 10.2 inches, and the rotary shifter and terrain-mode dial should be familiar to any Land Rover regulars.
With a sliding three-position bench in the second row and optional two-seat third row, the Discovery can accommodate up to seven occupants. So can the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport, which have optional third rows, but the way-back seats in both SUVs are miniscule.

Both the second and third row are power-foldable, with dashboard controls so drivers can put the seats down from the front; Land Rover says the seats can detect resistance and won't crush anything (or anyone) in the way.

Under the Hood

Land Rover's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is good for 340 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque, enough to get the Discovery to 60 mph in a claimed 6.9 seconds. You can also get a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 254 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque; it's good for a 7.7-second sprint to 60 mph, according to Land Rover. Both engines drive all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 8,201 pounds.


Typical of a Land Rover, the Discovery boasts prodigious off-road capabilities. The automaker says the SUV has up to 11.1 inches of ground clearance and can drive through as much as 35.4 inches of water. An adjustable air suspension is optional, as is a two-speed transfer case with a low range for off-roading.


Safety

Available safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning with corrective steering and a blind spot warning system. Land Rover says the blind spot warning system can warn you of a fast-approaching car in an adjacent lane, not just a car that's already there.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best vehicle ever

by Dawn R from Lantana,FL on July 4, 2018

Handles like a dream. Very smooth and responsive. Rugged and handles extremely well off road. Sound system is terrific. Looking forward to a great road trip with my vehicle this nest week. Read full review

(5.0)

Disco2017

by Retiredcfo from Los Angeles on September 18, 2017

Love it! Had it a month. Traded Mercedes. Entertainment/navy system very intuitive. Love design, extremely comfortable. Had a LR3 about 8 years ago, the discovery is that version with Range Rover ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Land Rover

Program Benefits

Rigorous 165-Point Inspection, Transferable Warranty, Roadside Assistance, No Deductible, Vehicle History Report, Trip Interruption Benefits

  • Limited Warranty

    Up to 7 Years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date (no deductible), whichever comes first
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 165 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Discovery received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

C

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker