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Land Rover Discovery

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Land Rover has simplified the Discovery's options and trim level structure for 2024, with several options that were once standalone were grouped into packages. All trims except the Metropolitan Edition gain new standard equipment. This includes LED headlights with signature daytime running lights, auto high beam assist, a heated steering wheel, and 18-way heated memory front seats with a captain's armrest. The Metropolitan Edition itself gets a full extended leather upgrade and a solar attenuating windshield that filters out sunlight to keep the cabin cooler.

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Third generation
2017 - 2024
2017-present Land Rover Discovery generation
$31,998 - $71,998*
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2017 - 2024

2017-present Land Rover Discovery generation

Third generation Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery's fifth generation ditched the boxy look of the Land Rover LR4 it replaced with sleek and stylish lines. But that doesn’t mean it went soft, and under the modern skin is a thoroughly off-road-capable luxury SUV. It first debuted in 1989 as a smaller, lighter, and less expensive alternative to the Range Rover. Today’s Discovery has sleek, modern styling befitting Land Rover’s status as a luxury SUV maker, with an interior awash in the premium materials and modern technology one demands from a high-end brand. 

But make no mistake, this Disco still knows how to dance off road. It shares its underpinnings with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, so it’s available with a two-speed transfer case and locking rear differential, both key for successfully navigating rough terrain. 

There are a few downsides. The off-road suspension means ride quality isn’t quite as smooth as some of its less capable rivals (although it’s still pretty good), and early models used a touchscreen with a confusing interface. The interior, while comfortable, suffers from multiple areas where it’s hard to use or poorly thought out. And unfortunately, some owners have complained about technology glitches, and time spent in the shop. 

Note: The Discovery is a distinct model from the Discovery Sport, which is smaller and more focused on on-road performance.

$31,998 - $71,998

Model highlights

  • Upscale luxury materials and design

  • Full-time four-wheel drive

  • Available two-speed transfer case for next-level off-road capability

  • Adjustable air suspension can increase ground clearance to more than 11 inches

  • Selectable off-road modes for different terrains like sand and mud

  • Powered fold-down tailgate makes loading cargo easy

  • Second- and third-row seats fold remotely through in-cabin buttons or smartphone app

  • Available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ (added for 2019; standard from 2020)

  • Full suite of advanced driver-assist systems available on all trims (standard from 2021)

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Changes by year

Latest generation from 2017 - 2024

2024 Land Rover Discovery

2023 Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S

Highlights

  • Standalone options and trim levels were consolidated

  • LED headlights, heated steering wheel, 18-way heated memory front seats added to all trims except Metropolitan Edition

  • Metropolitan Edition gains a solar attenuating windshield and extended leather upgrade

2023 Land Rover Discovery

2023 Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition

Highlights

  • Metropolitan Edition trim added

  • Wireless smartphone charging and adaptive cruise are standard

  • New digital instrument cluster

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2022 Land Rover Discovery

2022 Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic HSE

Highlights

  • No significant changes

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2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic HSE

Highlights

  • New styling includes revised front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights

  • Revamped interior includes new, easier-to-use touchscreen and all-digital instrument panel

  • Diesel engine discontinued

  • Advanced driver-assist systems standard, includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot warning, 360-degree camera

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2020 Land Rover Discovery

2020 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

Highlights

  • New Landmark Edition trim debuts above the base SE model

  • Blind-spot warning standard on all trims

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration standard on all trims

  • Navigation system no longer standard on SE trim

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2019 Land Rover Discovery

2019 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

Highlights

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration added to HSE and HSE Luxury trims

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2018 Land Rover Discovery

2018 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

Highlights

  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard on all three trim levels

  • Diesel engine available on all trim levels

  • 10-inch touchscreen added to base SE trim level

  • New larger head-up display for HSE and HSE Luxury trim levels

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2017 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE

Highlights

  • All-new Land Rover Discovery, replaces the LR4 in the Land Rover lineup

  • Based on Land Rover Range Rover platform

  • Sleek styling and modern interior

  • Off-road ability enhanced with available two-speed transfer case and locking rear differential

  • Available engines include supercharged V6, turbocharged diesel

  • Standard trim levels are SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury

  • First Edition launch model available for 2017 only

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Reliability

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RepairPal gave the Land Rover Discovery an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Land Rover Discovery 18th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Land Rover Discovery is $958, compared to an average of $642 for Luxury Midsize SUVs and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Land Rover Discovery owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.4 times for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Land Rover Discovery, compared to an average of 13% for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.



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