Land Rover Discovery (L462)

Land Rover Discovery

Model Years Produced: 2017 to Current

Summary

The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery, known colloquially as the “Discovery 5” or simply “D5,” was a continuation of the trend its predecessors set of becoming softer and more comfortable, trading off-road capability for on-road comfort and style. Admittedly, though, the D5 missed the mark on that last point – whoever designed it should be fired, because the Discovery is commonly regarded to be one of the ugliest vehicles money can buy. Look past the egg-shaped exterior, though, and you’ll find an upscale interior – not quite on par with its big brother, the Range Rover, but still very nice. Dig even deeper, and you’ll still find proper 4WD hardware underneath.

The Discovery can best be thought of as Britain’s equivalent to the Chevy Tahoe. The price and performance compare rather well, although the Land Rover is far more refined, where as the Chevrolet traditionally has scored better on reliability (though the current iteration of the Tahoe may be turning that on its head…). If you can get past the exterior styling, you’ll find a very comfortable and livable SUV.

Model year 2021 featured a major mid-cycle refresh including new engines, a heavily upgraded infotainment system, standard 3-row seats, and more standard safety and technology features.


Verdict

Pros

  • Plush ride
  • Luxurious interior
  • Capable off-road performance (though admittedly not as much as its Defender sibling)

Cons

  • One of the ugliest cars on the road
  • Although the Discovery is one of Land Rover’s more reliable offerings, Land Rover vehicles still have a questionable reliability reputation

Reviews

Consumer Reports

Other Outlets


Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: ZF 8-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Full-time 4WD standard w/ 2-speed transfer case
    • Electronically locking center differential standard
    • Electronically locking rear differential optional
  • Base curb weight: 4865 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: N/A
  • Seating: 3 rows (older models had the 3rd row as optional)
  • Rear leg room: 37.4 in
  • Towing capacity: 8200 lbs

Engines

Jaguar Ingenium AJ200 - 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged

  • Referred to as the “P300” engine
  • Available model years 2021+

Power Figures

  • 296 hp
  • 295 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 21mpg combined
  • 19mpg city
  • 22mpg highway

Jaguar Ingenium AJ300 - 3.0L I-6 Twincharged MHEV

  • Referred to as the “P360” engine
  • Available model years 2021+

Power Figures

  • 355 hp
  • 369 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 21mpg combined
  • 18mpg city
  • 24mpg highway

Jaguar AJ126 - 3.0L V6 Supercharged

Standard engine through model year 2020

Power Figures

  • 340 hp
  • 332 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 18mpg combined
  • 16mpg city
  • 21mpg highway

Ford AJD - 3.0L V6 Twin-Turbocharged Diesel

Known as the “Td6” engine

Power Figures

  • 254 hp
  • 443 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 23mpg combined
  • 21mpg city
  • 26mpg highway