2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for May 2018
by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Did you know our 2017 Land Rover Discovery has a wading depth of 35.4 inches? Or that it can traverse a side slope with a 35-degree angle? And that we used neither of these capabilities all month? OK, that last one was kind of a given, but we did live a real life with the Disco in May and for the most part it was easy living. For the most part.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our Disco traversed nearly 1,000 miles in May, and none of it was very glamorous. But with respect to fuel economy, it was fairly average, with monthly fuel economy settling in at 17.8 mpg, just short of the EPA's combined rating of 18. Our lifetime average is hovering around 16 mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 16.3
EPA mpg rating: 18 combined (16 city/21 highway)
Best fill mpg: 21.3
Best range: 449.9 miles
Current odometer: 16,218 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The Discovery's dual-zone climate control is on the fritz. I cranked both dials to the coldest setting possible, but the driver side only got hotter. These pictures were taken with the engine at normal operating temperature. Take my word for it, it blows even hotter after driving for a bit." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"Any SUV better be able to haul some drums, especially an SUV that costs north of $75,000. OK, so this is garden-variety SUV utility right here — a load of four drums, some cymbals and a hardware case — but I was a little surprised I needed to fold down one of the rear-seat splits to make it fit. From the outside, the Disco's rear cargo area looks like it could take it all.
"The big kick drum was the main space consumer, but if I'd had some kind of grille/cargo gate to separate cabin from cargo hold, I think I could've stacked everything to the ceiling and still had room for four passengers. The tailgate bench comes in handy here, actually. Not only does it prevent things at its height from possibly sliding or falling out when you open the liftgate, it's a handy floor extender for dragging and unloading some of that gear." — Dan Frio, staff writer
"There's a lot going on in the Disco's center console panel. Seems like a lot of real estate given over to dials and buttons that could have been relocated to the instrument panel, still within the driver's reach. Perhaps we've reached the point where traversing rugged terrain should require no more than a simple forearm pivot to engage a dial. Leaning forward to do the same seems very labor-intensive. Just one of the many things about the Disco that causes me to scratch my head.
"Also, the Disco's piano black trim is cool in theory, until you park under a stand of trees. First-world nitpicking aside, this trim does tend to reflect everything: trees and clouds overhead, passenger movement, direct sunlight. I'll keep the piano black for my black piano, thanks." — Dan Frio
"I really like the steering wheel on our Disco, although I have to admit that at first glance I wasn't sure what to make of it. The relatively thin rim is well forward of the hub and seems to almost float thanks to the short spokes that come off the hub at what might be a 75-degree angle. But it fits in my hands nicely, and although the structure is firm, the leather wrap is supple, and the wheel can spin through 360 degrees in my hands without catching a finger." — Kurt Niebuhr, road test editor