2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel


2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel
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2020 Land Rover Discovery Review

  • Smooth driving manners on the road
  • Above-average capabilities off-road
  • Interior is luxurious with excellent materials
  • Clever features in terms of utility and technology
  • Touchscreen interface can be slow and difficult to operate
  • Diesel engine option has little advantage over standard gas engine
  • A new Landmark Edition trim debuts above the base SE model
  • Blind-spot monitoring and upgraded mirrors are now standard
  • The SE trim loses standard navigation but gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Part of the fifth Discovery generation introduced for 2017
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The Land Rover Discovery isn't as capable off-road as the LR4 it replaced. However, it's far more comfortable on-road than its predecessor and more suited for trail adventures than most rivals. Its interior is seriously luxurious and has clever storage solutions. Downsides include a sluggish powertrain, a smaller-than-average back seat, and an excruciatingly slow infotainment system.
The Discovery feels composed and pleasant to drive. The engine makes a respectable amount of power, but the standard D driving mode is slow to downshift when you want more power. S mode is much more responsive. The gas engine's 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds is respectable but not life-changing. The brake pedal feels reassuringly firm and linear. The body remained stable during simulated-panic stops.

The steering is tuned quite well for an SUV, with a delicate, precise feel and quick return to center. Our tester with the optional air suspension didn't lean much when navigating tight, twisty corners. The off-road traction control system is very good, but the door edges are quite low.
It's easy to spend a full day on an extended road trip in the Discovery. The seats are supportive, and the center armrests can be set to whatever angle you want. The air suspension strikes a nice balance between soft and firm in the default Auto mode. Plus, the independent suspension makes it agreeable on washboard dirt roads.

The optional four-zone air-conditioning system is easy to use and cools the cabin effectively on a hot day. Heated and ventilated seats are available, with controls that are cleverly integrated with the temperature control knob. The cabin is pleasantly quiet, and the doors seal tight. The Discovery's sleek shape helps keep wind noise to a minimum.
It's easy to get in and out of the Discovery — provided you can open the long doors far enough. Once inside you'll find a highly adjustable seat that affords a commanding driving position. The steering wheel and gauges are placed just about perfectly. Outward visibility is very good, but the rear headrests are a little bulky.

There's good headroom here, but the back seat isn't as spacious as those of rivals when there are tall front-seat occupants. The doors are too close to passengers, making for tight elbow and shoulder room. The only major problems are oddly placed controls and a somewhat difficult-to-use infotainment screen.
Most of the Discovery's technology features are a disappointment. The infotainment system takes far too long to connect to satellite radio or your phone, so the driver is forced to listen to FM/AM until everything else boots up. The slow start-up sequence is nearly inexcusable. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, which alleviates the poor smartphone integration that earlier Discovery models suffered from.

As with most luxury vehicles, advanced safety features are almost all optional, but all the latest and greatest aids are available here. We also like that blind-spot monitoring, low-speed automatic braking and parking sensors are all standard.
Space utilization and towing abilities are among the Discovery's strengths. If so equipped, you can remotely fold the seats with controls inside the hatch, the rear doorjamb  and even the front touchscreen. The resulting load floor is flat and expansive, and the liftover is relatively low. There are lots of places to store stuff inside, too, but watch out for the center console lid — it isn't damped and comes down like a guillotine. Car seat anchors and tethers are all easy to find.

The Discovery has the potential to be a good towing vehicle, too. Tow ratings are strong, the air suspension can compensate for tongue weight, and a trailer backup assistance system is available.
The Discovery is rated at 18 mpg combined (16 city/21 highway), slightly better than a Lexus GX 460 but worse than German rivals. In a yearlong test of a Discovery, we drove about 21,000 miles and averaged 17.1 mpg. The best tank was 21.3 mpg, and the Discovery only met the highway number once in its 70 or so fill-ups. The onboard meter consistently exaggerated fuel economy by double-digit margins.
As is the case with most premium vehicles, it's easy to catapult the Discovery's sticker price past the relatively affordable base MSRP. But that's what you get with an SUV that offers a ton of luxury and off-road upgrades. Besides, the interior materials are gorgeous and the design is well-executed.

Bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties both stand at four years/50,000 miles. The former is standard for the segment, but some rivals have better powertrain coverage. Roadside assistance with towing up to 50 miles away from home also lasts four years/50,000 miles. Warranty-related breakdowns that occur more than 50 miles from home are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable expenses.
Compared to its predecessor, the Land Rover LR4, the Discovery looks sleeker and sportier, and that's pretty much how it drives. Yet its advanced traction modes and towing ability hints at the performance capability that makes it feel connected to the brand itself. On the flip side, the LR4 was more capable off-road.

While Land Rover built its reputation on having the most off-road-capable SUVs in the world, some of its more recent offerings are tuned for on-road performance. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery falls somewhere in the middle. Many rivals that try to skirt this line fail to deliver on one side of the spectrum or the other. But the Discovery is adept at delivering a pleasurable experience no matter what street or trail you want to conquer.

The Discovery's balanced position in the market coincides with its role in Land Rover's lineup. This midsize SUV presents more room, power and off-road ability than the compact Range Rover Evoque or Discovery Sport. It doesn't offer the mechanical upgrades that make the Range Rover so proficient on rocky roads, but the Discovery also costs much less.

On its own, the Land Rover Discovery is a thoroughly enjoyable SUV. The cabin is luxuriously trimmed, the seating position is comfortable, and there's ample cargo room. And though the Discovery can be expensive in its upper trims, there are options here — such as massaging front seats and a ventilated second row — that are exotic for this class.

There are a few downsides, chiefly the infotainment system. Simply put, the interface is confusing and the system doesn't load all of its features right away. In our tests, it took a whopping 20 seconds to get a satellite radio signal and 30 seconds for the system to reconnect with our phones on start-up. Other drawbacks include less second-row legroom than rivals and some odd placement of controls. Overall, however, the Discovery has the luxury and off-road bona fides to keep it from being overshadowed by rivals, including the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5.

What's it like to live with the Discovery?

The Edmunds editorial team acquired a 2017 Land Rover Discovery First Edition for a full year, logging 20,000 miles. We were fans of the Disco's off-road abilities, but the infotainment system was a constant source of frustration. The 2020 Discovery benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which weren't offered on our long-term vehicle. It's the same generation, though, so most of our observations apply.

Which Discovery does Edmunds recommend?

The Discovery's sweet spot is right in the middle, but choosing between the Landmark Edition or the HSE is tough. They cost roughly the same, and a handful of added features are shared between the two trims. We think the HSE is the better deal since it comes with a package that is optional on the Landmark Edition, along with some extra luxury features such as a power steering column, hands-free tailgate and rear USB ports.

Land Rover Discovery models

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is a midsize SUV that comes standard with seating for five, though a third row with seating for two more passengers is optional. It comes in four trim levels (SE, Landmark Edition, HSE and HSE Luxury), with a plethora of options available for each. Two powertrains are available: a supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline V6 (340 horsepower, 332 lb-ft of torque) and a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 (254 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque). Both send power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base SE model comes with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a dual-pane panoramic glass roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, a 10-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and a 10-speaker sound system.

On the safety front, you get forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam control, lane keeping assist, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking cameras with sensors.

The optional 7 Seat package adds a third row of seating, plus a twin-speed transfer case and an electronic air suspension. The Capability package includes the mechanical upgrades in the 7 Seat package, plus additional Terrain Response settings.

Moving up to the Landmark Edition adds the 7 Seat package, along with 20-inch wheels, an aero body kit, black exterior trim, driver-seat memory functions for the side mirrors, four-zone climate control, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an upgraded audio system, and satellite and HD radio. It also includes the Cold Climate package (heated windshield washer jets, a heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats).

Both the SE and the Landmark Edition are available with the Drive package, which adds high-speed automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.

The HSE supplements the SE's features with 20-inch wheels, a hands-free tailgate, a front sunroof, three-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering column, a digital instrument cluster, second-row USB ports, and several of the Landmark Edition's additions. You also get the contents of the Drive package.

The top-trim HSE Luxury kicks things off with the 7 Seat and Cold Climate packages. It also includes additional front-seat adjustments, power-reclining second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, upgraded leather, additional leather trim throughout the cabin, upgraded ambient lighting, and a 14-speaker audio system.

As expected of a well-rounded luxury SUV, the Discovery has many available extras. The most notable packages include the Driver Assist (lane centering assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and the contents of the Drive package) and Capability Plus (Terrain Response 2, a locking rear differential and All-Terrain Progress Control — think of it as a low-speed cruise control for off-roading). There are also packages that add ventilated front- and second-row seats, heated third-row seats and massaging front seats.

Significant stand-alone options include 21- and 22-inch wheels, a trailer hitch with an electrical connector, a cooler compartment in the front console box, a heated windshield, a cabin air ionization system, a head-up display, and a rear entertainment system. Land Rover's Activity Key — a fitness-tracker wristband that also acts as a key to unlock the vehicle — is available for all trim levels.

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    Features & Specs

    HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
    HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A
    MPG 21 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower254 hp @ 3750 rpm
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    HSE Luxury Td6 4dr SUV 4WD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A
    MPG 21 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower254 hp @ 3750 rpm
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    SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A
    MPG 21 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower254 hp @ 3750 rpm
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    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

    Land Rover Discovery vs. Land Rover Range Rover

    The Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate performance machine in the automaker's lineup. Like the Discovery, the Range Rover comes standard with seating for five, though a third row is optional. The Range Rover is pricier than the Discovery, but it also offers additional luxury features, better off-road capability, and a more diverse powertrain lineup, including a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid and a new inline-six paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system.

    Compare Land Rover Discovery & Land Rover Range Rover features

    Land Rover Discovery vs. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    Though it shares a similar name, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is quite different from the Range Rover. Along with the Discovery Sport, the Evoque is one of the smallest and most affordable SUVs the manufacturer produces. Compared to the jack-of-all-trades Discovery, the Evoque has less interior room and is less capable off-road.

    Compare Land Rover Discovery & Land Rover Range Rover Evoque features

    Land Rover Discovery vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Even in its top trims, the Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior is distinctly downmarket compared to the Discovery's. However, the Grand Cherokee offers similar off-road abilities and is significantly less expensive. If sticking to pavement is more your thing, the Grand Cherokee has several available powertrains, culminating in the 707-horsepower Trackhawk. Unlike the Discovery, the Grand Cherokee does not have a three-row option.

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    Is the Land Rover Discovery a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Discovery both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Land Rover Discovery fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Discovery gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Discovery ranges from 10.1 to 41.2 cubic feet of trunk space. 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 2020 Land Rover Discovery?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Land Rover Discovery:

    • A new Landmark Edition trim debuts above the base SE model
    • Blind-spot monitoring and upgraded mirrors are now standard
    • The SE trim loses standard navigation but gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Part of the fifth Discovery generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more

    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 2020 Land Rover Discovery a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Land Rover Discovery is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Discovery and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Discovery is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Land Rover Discovery?

    The least-expensive 2020 Land Rover Discovery is the 2020 Land Rover Discovery SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $54,300.

    Other versions include:

    • HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $61,700
    • HSE Luxury Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $69,200
    • SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) which starts at $54,300
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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 HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), HSE Luxury Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A). For a full list of Discovery models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Land Rover Discovery

    2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel Overview

    The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel is offered in the following styles: HSE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), HSE Luxury Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A), and SE Td6 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Discovery Diesel 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 Discovery Diesel.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Discovery Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including HSE Td6, HSE Luxury Td6, SE Td6, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Diesel here.

    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.

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