2021 Land Rover Discovery

MSRP range: $53,900 - $68,900
MSRP$55,250
Edmunds suggests you pay$52,258

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2021 Land Rover Discovery Review

  • Smooth on-road driving manners
  • Above-average capabilities off-road
  • Luxurious interior with excellent materials
  • Clever features in terms of utility and technology
  • Infotainment system can be difficult to operate
  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • New infotainment system
  • New four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines; the diesel is discontinued
  • Part of the fifth Discovery generation introduced for 2017

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is a three-row midsize luxury SUV that distinguishes itself from the rest with its superior off-road capabilities. It represents the family-friendly choice in the Land Rover lineup, with the premium luxury Range Rover above it and the rugged Defender supporting it.

This year brings a handful of small changes, adding up to the most significant update for the Discovery since it was redesigned in 2017. New LED headlights and bumpers freshen up the exterior look. Meanwhile on the inside, a new infotainment system debuts with a larger touchscreen, and redesigned second-row seats promise greater comfort. There's also a new R-Dynamic model that adds some sporty visual touches, such as gloss black exterior trim and two-tone leather in the cabin. The biggest changes occur under the hood, with a new entry-level four-cylinder and a turbocharged six-cylinder with mild hybrid technology. Unfortunately, the diesel motor has been discontinued.

Overall, we think the Land Rover Discovery is a smart pick for a luxury SUV. Read our Expert Rating below for our in-depth take. Alternatively, you might check out rivals such as the Audi A7, Genesis GV80 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

What's it like to live with?

We spent a year with a 2017 Land Rover Discovery not long after this current generation made its debut. We found the Discovery comfortable and were impressed with its off-road capabilities, but its infotainment system continually frustrated us with various issues. That system has been updated along with a number of other things for 2021, but many of our observations still hold true of the current Discovery.

Which Discovery does Edmunds recommend?

The Discovery lineup has been slightly altered for 2021. As before, we think the middle tier is the sweet spot, so we suggest going with the Discovery S R-Dynamic. It comes with a good mix of standard and optional features, and it's available with either of the Discovery's two new engines.

Land Rover Discovery models

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is a midsize luxury SUV designed to be just as capable off-road as it is on city streets. For 2021, the Discovery is available in three trim levels: S, S R-Dynamic and HSE R-Dynamic. You also have a choice of engines and passenger capacity.

The Discovery S and S R-Dynamic come standard with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine (296 hp). A new turbocharged inline-six engine (355 hp) with a mild hybrid system is optional on the S R-Dynamic and standard on the HSE R-Dynamic. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard across all models. The Discovery offers seating for five passengers, but a third row with two additional seats is a no-cost option.

S
The base Discovery S trim comes fairly well equipped. Standard features include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • LED headlights
  • Foglights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Five-passenger seating

Standard technology and advanced driver aids include:

  • 11.4-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Multiple USB-A and USB-C ports
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Discovery and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Discovery back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

Notable options on the Discovery S include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Meridian audio system
  • Third-row seat for seven-passenger capacity
  • Cold Climate package
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated windshield
    • Heated headlight washers
  • Hot Climate package
    • Chilled center console
    • Four-zone automatic climate control
    • Cabin air purifier

S R-Dynamic
The Discovery S R-Dynamic has a few stylistic differences compared to the base S but is otherwise similar for standard and optional features. You can also get the S R-Dynamic with the upgraded 355-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

HSE R-Dynamic
The top-level Discovery HSE R-Dynamic trim comes standard with the 355-hp engine and seven-seat configuration. In addition to the S R-Dynamic features, you get:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Upgraded LED headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Upgraded power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power-operated third-row seats
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Meridian sound system
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)

Other notable options include:

  • Towing Pack (tow hitch plus other towing-related enhancements)
  • Advanced Off-Road Capability package
  • Ventilated second-row rear seats
  • More powerful Meridian sound system

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$53,900
MPG & Fuel
19 City / 22 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.0 gal. capacity
Seating
7 seats
Drivetrain
Type: four wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 296 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 195.1 in. / Height: 74.3 in. / Width: 81.6 in.
Curb Weight: 4865 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Discovery safety features:

Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes to stop the vehicle if the risk of a front collision is detected and the driver does not react to warning signals.
Lane Keep Assist
Applies steering input to keep you in your lane if you begin to drift out of it.
Driver Condition Monitor
Suggests the driver take a break if steering inputs indicate fatigue.

Land Rover Discovery vs. the competition

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Audi Q7

Land Rover Discovery vs. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 benefited from a refresh in 2020 that brought with it updated exterior styling and new in-car tech. It was already one of our favorite luxury SUVs, and the changes only made things better. It's slightly larger than the Discovery, meaning there's more room for people and cargo. We also much prefer Audi's tech and driver aids. Both come standard with all-wheel drive and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The Q7 also comes standard with a third row of seats.

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Land Rover Discovery vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is one of the best vehicles on the road today, no matter what class we're discussing. Its interior has a premium feel that the Discovery can't quite match. The tech and driver aids are more appealing than the Land Rover's too. Both vehicles are available with a third row of seats. While all-wheel drive is available on the Mercedes, the Land Rover includes it as standard on all trims.

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Land Rover Discovery vs. Land Rover Range Rover Velar

It's not exactly the same, but it's easy to think of the Velar as a more stylish and well-appointed alternative to the Discovery. Both feature the same tech and driver aids, and both offer a similar level of features and options. The Velar is smaller and lacks the Discovery's available third row of seats. It's also slightly more expensive than the Discovery, so expect to pay more for a similarly equipped model.

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FAQ

Is the Land Rover Discovery a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Discovery both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Land Rover Discovery fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Discovery gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Land Rover Discovery. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Land Rover Discovery?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery:

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • New infotainment system
  • New four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines; the diesel is discontinued
  • Part of the fifth Discovery generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Land Rover Discovery reliable?

To determine whether the Land Rover Discovery is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Discovery. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Discovery's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Land Rover Discovery a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Land Rover Discovery is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Discovery is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Land Rover Discovery?

The least-expensive 2021 Land Rover Discovery is the 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $53,900.

Other versions include:

  • P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $53,900
  • P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $56,400
  • P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $68,900
  • P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $61,900
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What are the different models of Land Rover Discovery?

If you're interested in the Land Rover Discovery, the next question is, which Discovery model is right for you? Discovery variants include P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of Discovery models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery Overview

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is offered in the following submodels: Discovery SUV, Discovery Hybrid. Available styles include P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Land Rover Discovery?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Discovery.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Discovery featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Land Rover Discovery?

2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,250. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,992 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,992 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $52,258.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 5.4% below the MSRP.

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2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,750. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,296 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,296 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $54,454.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 5.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 10 2021 Land Rover Discovery P300 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,250. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $2,853 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,853 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $60,397.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $70,250. The average price paid for a new 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $2,511 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,511 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $67,739.

The average savings for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 3.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Land Rover Discovery P360 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Land Rover Discoveries are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Land Rover Discovery for sale near. There are currently 25 new 2021 Discoveries listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $62,000 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $1,000 on a used or CPO 2021 Discovery available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Land Rover Discovery?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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