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The Fifth Generation of Land Rover Discovery

The Fifth Generation of Land Rover Discovery


Stafford Land Rover are thrilled for the launch of the new 5th generation Discovery model. Contact us directly to register your interest.

The Discovery has been a core model of the Land Rover model range for approaching 30 years and this fifth generation version improves on its predecessors in every single respect

If it could be summed up in one line it would probably be that it delivers Range Rover levels of luxury but at Land Rover prices

It retains one of its key attractions of having a three row, seven seat capability but otherwise is new virtually from the wheels up.

Discovery is already winning industry praise even before it appears in the showrooms. For example, analysts at cap hpi have forecast sector leading residual values of almost 60 per cent of its list price after three years and it says a lot if hard-headed, independent experts give it this vote of confidence.

Here we look at the most significant changes and improvements and highlight what the driver and passengers can look forward to.​

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Perhaps the most obvious change is the styling which is much more rakish and modern, answering a criticism many had of the last Discovery.

That car still had echoes of the upright, right-angled bodywork that can be traced all the way back to the original Land Rover of 1948. That was a pure workhorse and became a world renowned classic but in paying homage to it the designers alienated many potential buyers who thought it looked too utilitarian.

The new one references the Range Rover Evoque with its dramatic headlights and a sharply raked C pillar behind the back windows. It is a more sophisticated, modern and athletic design but still instantly recognisable as a Discovery thanks to the stepped roofline at the back which rises slightly to give headroom for the passengers in the back.


This is where you will see, feel and enjoy a new standard of luxury and capability which takes this Discovery a long way clear of the previous one and a lot closer to the more expensive Range Rovers.

It retains one of its key attractions of having a three row, seven seat capability with the `stadium’ layout where each row is slightly higher than the one in front so everyone enjoys a good view out but now offers a lot more convenience and luxury.

Thanks to the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology you can configure each of them individually from your smartphone – handy if you are in a shop and want the rear seats laid flat so you can load bulky item - by a touchscreen at the front or buttons at the back.

These rearmost ones are adult-sized so the third row is not just a child-only zone, and all three rows are available with heated seats – heated and cooled in rows one and two – while massage seats are available for the driver and front passenger.

Being completely in tune with today’s needs, it has up to four 12V charging points and nine USB sockets (on HSE Luxury models or when Rear Seat Entertainment is fitted) allow passengers in each row to power their smartphones or tablets simultaneously.


You can even make the car lower a bit on its suspension (Auto Access Height and another innovation) to help passengers get in and out. The driver has all the features expected of a premium car and the trim materials and infotainment technology accessed by a 10-inch touchscreen positioned high on the centre console.

As an aside, this gives the dashboard a clean and uncluttered look but has also let the engineers reduce the number of switches by a third, making it safer for the driver to use while on the move.

Two more things of note inside, a tailgate which is powered to slide out a little, making a handy seat while you change muddy footwear and the return of the famous `curry hook’ which flush fits in the front passenger footwell but is just the job for stopping carrier bags from falling over.​

Running Costs

A few factors make the Discovery a much enticing prospect for fleets and retail buyers because it should be a lot cheaper to own and run than before.

For one thing it now uses the Jaguar Land Rover group’s new Ingenium petrol and diesel engines which are dramatically more efficient in emissions and consumption. Official figures show the 2.0 SD4 diesel can give an average of almost 45 mpg and CO2 emissions of around 170 g/km are possible.

The car is also significantly lighter – up to almost 500 kilos – thanks to having more lightweight aluminium in its construction so it needs less energy to propel it and as we have already said, it has sector leading residual values, with up to 59 per cent at three years/60,000 miles.


Being a Land Rover it must have the go-anywhere abilities that is at the heart of the brand’s DNA. How many drivers will ever use the Discovery’s ability to get through flood water deeper than the front of the bonnet or to tackle gravity defying climbs up or down hills is questionable but for those who do, it’s nice to know that whatever terrain, whatever situation, the Land Rover will get you home.

Interestingly, the Discovery goes a step further towards the age of self-driving cars with the All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) which the driver can select say, when going up or down a rough and slippery slope. ATPC lets the car operate the brakes and accelerator to maintain a safe and slow speed allowing the driver to concentrate on just the steering.

What more owners might find impressive is its trailer or caravan towing technology. Successive Discovery’s have always led the field for towing and this new one builds on that by once again incorporating new technology called Advanced Tow Assist.

This clever system allows even complete novices to reverse a caravan, horsebox or other trailer with ease and is just one more example of how Land Rover has moved the Discovery into a new era of practicality.

View the Land Rover Discovery here

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