Now in its fifth generation, the Land Rover Discovery has gone on to become a bit of a legend in itself. Praised for its off-roading capabilities and overall workhorse-like never-say-die attitude, the Discovery has found many fans around the globe. The latest one builds up even more momentum, comes loaded with more features, and sits close to the Range Rover Velar in terms of pricing.
On the outside, the Discovery has moved farther from the predecessors’ utility-based approach. It adds a bit of premium flavour to the design, with large wheels, a more imposing front-end, and a dual-tone appearance thanks in part to the darkened glasshouse and a contrasting paint treatment for the roof. The rear with its asymmetric design does divide opinion, but it’s far from a deal breaker. The offset number plate does take some getting used to, but it soon grows on you.
The Discovery makes efficient use of space and can offer up to 2400 litres of loading space with all seats folded except that of the driver and the front passenger. It comes with a neatly tucked third row of seats, making it a seven-seat SUV. The versatile seating arrangement shows that practicality is one of the top priorities of the Discovery. The well-built cabin might not offer a class that mimics the Range Rover Sport, but it’s a good place to be, the Discovery’s interior. The sunroof is divided into two parts, and a consistently tall roofline means you wouldn’t feel claustrophobic sat inside the Discovery.
There are two engine choices on the Land Rover Discovery: 3-litre V6 petrol (335 bhp, 450 Nm), and a 3-litre V6 diesel (255 bhp, 600 Nm). It’s easy to choose the latter because of the added torque and fairly decent performance, and efficiency too. AWD is standard on all variants regardless of your choice of engine, while an 8-speed AT gearbox is standard as well. In terms of outright speed, the V6 petrol turns out to be the best: 0-100 kmph takes just 7.1 seconds.
The Land Rover Discovery is available in four trims: S, SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. The most basic petrol-powered variant is priced at Rs 74.95 lakh. Moving up the range, the least expensive diesel is priced at Rs 86.56 lakh. The top-spec Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury has priced at 86.78 lakh for the petrol-powered version and Rs 1.05 crore for the diesel engined variant.
There are quite a lot of SUVs available in the price bracket. There’s the Volvo XC90, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7, etc.
Great product, made even better in the latest generation Superb off the road
The utilitarian approach means it loses out to competitors in terms of premium appeal The rear-end styling is a bit off.