What Did We Get?
The Land Rover Discovery has been a go-to choice for adventurers, or people who want to appear adventurous, for decades. The boxy vehicle has been popular everywhere from Beverly Hills to the Masai Mara, but its shape hasn't quite won everyone over.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery received a full redesign that smoothed over some of the hard edges of its predecessors (renamed the LR3 and LR4 in the U.S.). It no longer looks like a kitchen appliance, thanks to a tapered nose and graceful body sculpting. The redesign should give it some added appeal for shoppers new to the brand, but die-hard Discovery fans shouldn't fear that it's lost any of its off-road credentials. Land Rover claims the 2017 Discovery is even more capable than before.
We intend to test that claim by driving one for a year in a variety of circumstances. From commuter duty to hard-core off-road adventures, our long-term Discovery will see a little bit of everything during its first 20,000 miles. By the end of the year, we'll have a good idea whether or not it lives up to its reputation as a tough but sophisticated SUV.
What Options Does It Have?
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery comes in four trim levels: SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and First Edition. We went with the top-of-the-line First Edition so we can get the full experience. It has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine, which is likely to be far more popular than the diesel engine option.
Priced at $74,945, the First Edition comes with 21-inch wheels, a power liftgate and inner tailgate, a two-speed transfer case, an air suspension, a heated windshield, a center console cooler, tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view monitor and a 14-speaker Meridian premium audio system.
We added 22-inch wheels that brought our grand total to $76,145. At that point, the only features we could have added were dark wheel finishes and a tow package. It's a far cry from the $50,000 base price. There was no room for negotiation, and it was lent to us for the year by Land Rover.
Why We Got It
This is the most significant redesign for the Discovery since it debuted way back in 1989. With the latest enhancements, it now gets closer to delivering the level of luxury found in the Range Rover without giving up any of its impressive off-road prowess. We were impressed when it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 and at the global launch last February in Utah.
It's one of those few vehicles that is equally at home in front of the Metropolitan Opera House as it is atop a Moab vista. Our mission over the next year and 20,000 miles is to see how well it does at both and everything in between.
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.