Land Rover Discovery Review & First Drive

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Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Discovery is an iconic SUV and has an unique shape that is timless and rugged. The iconic exterior design has been updated, most obviously with smoother and simpler surfaces at the front, including a new, more aerodynamic bumper. The new front headlights include available High Beam Assist, automatically switching the high beam on or off, as conditions require. The interior is completely redesigned and feature a new dash and centre console, new seats. This new look makes it more upmarket and handsome. There are a lot of features and the sound system is just amazing. The entry-level audio system has now been upgraded with a colour screen replacing the previous black and white unit and available with Bluetooth, DAB and USB/iPod connectivity. Check for Land Rover Discovery price in Hyderabad.

Also for the first time, the audio system is available with a non-navigation touch-screen. There is a Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7 system with 825W of power through a 17-speaker system. Space is good and it is also practical. The new changes include new suspension components, revised steering, larger brakes, improved traction control, and modifications to the Terrain ResponseTM system. When it comes to the engine the 211PS 3.0 LR-TDV6 diesel is smooth and powerful. What takes the cake is the 6-speed automatic transmission which makes gear changing a near butter smooth affair. It is fast but is more for cruising. The ride is fantastic and it takes bumps much better than its rivals and is its strongest point for sure. Refinement is also out of this world and you are sealed shut inside unware of whats going on outside. Impressive. In fuel economy stakes expect around 7-9 kmpl depending on driving conditions and driving style. For a detailed review read below..

Land Rover Discovery Style

The new aluminium platform of the Discovery meant it will not just be lighter but even have better performance and efficiency. This new SUV finally gets a monocoque chassis, which also helps to reduce its weight further. In terms of dimensions, there isn’t a major change in the size, however the new Discovery does feel a lot more stylish and aggressive. The sleek headlamps along with a Range Rover like front grille, and there are cuts on the front bumper. Clamshell hood continues, while the step up root too exists in the new design. Discovery has seen a drastic change in its design, not just to make it modern but even premium.

New LR platforms are lighter, and hence the new Discovery for the first-time gets an aluminium body and a monocoque. This has reduced its weight by 480 kilograms. 85% of the body is made of aluminium of which 43% is recycled. This says a lot about Discovery, which was a gas guzzled and now seems to be the next most efficient model on offer.

Land Rover Discovery Space

Like the exterior, the new Discovery’s cabin benefits from the general layout and design of the Range Rover and the Sport. You get the same well layered albeit slab-like dash with a huge centre console and a snazzy-looking steering wheel. And while all the controls feel hard-wearing and durable, the air vent plastics and climate control switches could be better finished.

The Discovery’s cabin is immensely practical with multiple usable storage spaces. Besides the usual array of glove boxes and door pockets, the Disco gets a large storage box behind the rotary gear selector. There’s even a fairly big cool box under the front armrest which is a really neat feature. Lastly, there’s the hugely configurable seating arrangement in the 7-seater variant as all three rows are electrically adjustable. They feature anti-pinch and stall detection tech – if the seat is folding and it detects something, it will stop and then unfold to avoid crushing the item. Alternatively, if the seat is folded flat with an item stored on top, the seatback will not raise.

We absolutely love the high and mighty driving position and the excellent all-round visibility. As for the seat comfort, the front seats are massive and offer immense side support and even under-thigh support – they are large enough to keep you comfortable during long hauls. Similarly, there is plenty of room at the back, with a rear bench that is broad and spacious enough to accommodate three adults easily. Although the rear bench is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. Sadly, this new model cannot match its predecessor when it comes to the third-row seating comfort – the pair of seats is smaller and to make matters worse, there’s noticeably less thigh support. Mind you, the Discovery still has one of the best third row seats but you end up feeling short-changed because the previous car’s third row was a whole lot more accommodating.

The user interface for the 10-inch infotainment screen appears basic in comparison to some of the rivals, however, there’s no denying the quality output from the 14-speaker premium audio system. As for the rest of the features, the Discovery is fully loaded and comes with adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking, a head-up display, 4-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and a tonne of safety tech. However, we would like to add that a lot of features from the spec list are optional extras. To know more info on Land Rover Discovery  check Kokoliko

Land Rover Discovery Gearbox

The Discovery now uses Land Rover’s aluminium architecture that was first introduced in the latest-gen Range Rover. Thanks to the aluminium chassis and body panels, the Discovery has managed to shed a mahoosive 480kg over its predecessor. However, at over 2.1 tonnes for this petrol-powered version, the Disco is still a heavy car. And although I am tempted to knock the 3-litre V6 engine for not being the ideal motor for this car, it has to be said that it actually feels effortless as it moves this gigantic vehicle towards the horizon. Developing 340bhp and 450Nm of torque, this supercharged powerhouse is the same engine that Jaguar uses in its F-Type sports car and in here, it pulls hard especially in the midrange and screams its way to the 6,500rpm redline with a distinct whine from the supercharger.

It’s no tour de force by any means, but this motor’s got more than enough punch to get the Disco up to speed and keep it there without struggling. In fact, the Discovery can get up to highway speeds quickly and execute overtaking with ease from say 80 to 90kmph. The engine’s pulling power, which is stronger than what the numbers suggest, is no doubt aided by the brilliant 8-speed ZF gearbox that delivers creamy smooth yet quick gearshifts.

The previous Discovery’s steering felt disconnected especially at high speeds, but this new one doesn’t. Sure, it doesn’t have the same taut and direct feel to the steering that a BMW X5 has but there is some noticeable improvement over the old model. Make no mistake, the Disco rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but like its predecessor, it absolutely devours bad roads. It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with.

Land Rover Discovery Driving

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Cost in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery On Road Price is 90,42,581/- and Ex-showroom Price is 75,83,700/- in Hyderabad. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black. Land Rover Discovery comes with AWD with 2995 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 335 bhp@6500 rpm and Peak Torque 450 Nm@3500-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.1 seconds . Land Rover Discovery comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Land Rover Discovery Final Thought

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery isn’t the most luxurious full-size SUV and at Rs 1.30 crores (on-road, Mumbai) for the top-spec diesel version, it’s certainly not cheap either. However, if you value practicality and long-distance cruising you will surely appreciate the Disco’s massive interior, flexible seating option and effortless performance. So if you are after a well-built traditional SUV with a genuine off-road ability instead of a glitzy and unashamedly road-focused SUV, the new Discovery makes for a worthy choice.