2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for March 2018
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
March was a workaday month for our 2017 Land Rover Discovery. We used it mostly in local driving and commuting roles, so its mileage fell below our typical monthly target.
Editor Brent Romans had it for a spell and formed several impressions of its real-world use, ranging from the usefulness of its air suspension, odd road-noise infiltration, and disappointing infotainment interface. On the other hand, passenger room and cargo space rated highly.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We drove the Disco 1,305 miles in March, filling it up four times with 74 gallons of fuel. That averaged out to 17.6 mpg combined. That's better than last month's average of 15.4, but it wasn't enough to boost our lifetime mpg average. That actually took a further dive in March and now sits at 16.4 mpg. Yikes. That's a good bit off the EPA rating of 18 mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 16.4
EPA mpg rating: 18 combined (16 city/21 highway)
Best fill mpg: 21.3
Best range: 449.9 miles
Current odometer: 11,513 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Our Discovery has the optional air suspension that can be used to lower or raise the vehicle's ride height. Since I have yet to drive our Discovery on dirt, the only aspect to it that I've noticed is the lowering part. It automatically drops down when you're parked to facilitate easier entry and exit. Land Rover says it drops 1.6 inches compared to the normal ride height. It's pretty cool, and indeed makes getting in and out easy. You just slide in instead of climbing up, like you need to do on some other luxury SUVs." — Brent Romans, senior automotive editor
"The air suspension on our Discovery is pretty cool. I previously wrote a comment that it's useful because it lowers the body to make it easier to get in and out. That's something you can appreciate every day. But of course, the air suspension is really part of the Disco's off-road enhancements. Switch the drive selector knob to the little pictograph of the SUV with the upward-pointing arrow and the Discovery lifts its britches. According to the spec sheet, it provides a lofty 11.1 inches of ground clearance. If nothing else, that would give me added peace of mind about not banging anything underneath the vehicle if I was driving along a rutted trail." — Brent Romans
"I've noticed that there's an odd harmonic drone coming from our Discovery when you're driving it at highway speeds. It's definitely noticeable around 70 mph. I'm not sure if it's tire noise or something else. It's not terrible, but on long drives it gets annoying, increases noise and diminishes comfort. This drone seems like something we should mention to the dealer next time we take the Disco in for service." — Brent Romans
"The touchscreen infotainment system in the Discovery is disappointing. It's occasionally slow to respond when you press a menu button, or doesn't respond at all. I've had problems interfacing with my iPhone for music and podcasts, too. No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto either. It's a definite downside to what is otherwise an enjoyable SUV." — Brent Romans
"I used our Discovery for a recent two-day excursion with a few friends. We all really liked it. I think it excels for this kind of thing. Five points why:
1: It's roomy and comfortable (one of my friends commented we could all be wearing cowboy hats and still have enough headroom).
2: The cargo area was big enough to hold our luggage, with room to spare.
3: Rear climate controls and USB ports are useful for rear passengers.
4: Respectable power when you need it.
5: The prestige of driving a Land Rover (it's not your run-of-the-mill BMW X5 or Acura MDX)." — Brent Romans