2017 Land Rover Discovery

The family car that's ready for adventure: full prices, details and specs for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

BuyaCar team
Sep 29, 2016

Spacious, more luxurious and even better off-road than the current Land Rover Discovery: that's the claim of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, which has just been revealed in full.

The new model is meant to be a rugged and versatile family car that matches the comfort and efficiency of alternative sport utility vehicles (SUVs) like the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7.

Land Rover claims that the 2017 Discovery can match these rivals on the road - whether it’s a motorway or 20mph zone covered in speed bumps. At the same time, the new Land Rover is said to be much more capable off-road, with the ability to tackle round-the-world expeditions.

It will only be a matter of months until we drive the car to find out if it’s true. It will go on sale in spring next year, costing from £43,495, rising to more than £60,000 for the best-equipped cars. It's more expensive than the smaller Discovery Sport that’s already on sale, but cheaper than the larger and even more luxurious Range Rover.

You can still buy the outgoing car, with big discounts on offer as dealers prepare for the new model. Click for a full Land Rover Discovery buying guide.

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Key facts

2017 Land Rover Discovery price From £43,495

2017 Land Rover Discovery on sale date Spring 2017

2017 Land Rover Discovery first deliveries Spring 2017 (estimated)

   

2017 Land Rover Discovery news

The full details of the Land Rover Discovery have now been announced, as part of a lavish launch ahead of the Paris motor show. The Discovery forged through water onto a stage, driving under a giant model of London's Tower Bridge, which was made out of 5.8 million Lego bricks. It's said to be the World's biggest ever Lego sculpture.

You can see the 2017 Land Rover Discovery in the metal at the Paris Motor Show, where it is on display at Land Rover’s stand for two weeks from October 1.

   

2017 Land Rover Discovery interior

As a “full-size” seven-seat model, the Discovery has enough legroom to accommodate seven adults, with two in the front, three in the middle row and two in the final third row of seats. The smaller Discovery Sport also offers seven seats, but it’s described as a 5 + 2 car, because the rear two seats are a bit cramped and best suited to children.

The five rear seats fold. On more expensive models, this can be done electronically by pressing a button in the boot or on the touchscreen. It's also possible to do this by smartphone app, so you can get the seats in place from inside your house, rather than trying to raise them with a car-load of children jumping around on your driveway, for example.

Unless you choose the basic S model, which comes with cloth seats and no parking sensors the 2017 Discovery is more luxurious than the car it replaces, with leather seats, sat-nav, climate control and up to nine USB ports to charge your gadgets as standard in all but the entry-level car.

All 2017 Discovery models - including the cheapest S - come with air suspension, which usually provides a smooth and cushioned ride, including on rutted dirt tracks. We've yet to test it, though. Other standard equipment includes a dashboard touchscreen, motorised bootlid and hi-tech off-road systems.

There's the option to make all seven seats heated, as well as to have four sets of Isofix mounts to securely fasten child seats.

   

2017 Land Rover Discovery design

The new Discovery is a bigger version of the Discovery Sport, and shares a similar design, with headlights that wrap around the front of the car, a small grille and a protective plate curving up from underneath the car, emphasising that it has been designed to tackle tough off-road terrain.

It’s the biggest change in the car’s history: gone are the square-shaped headlights and blocky design of the current model in favour of more curves. These will help the car be a bit more aerodynamic, improving fuel economy and hiding the bulk of a seven-seat car.

At the back, the number-plate isn't in the middle of the bootlid but offset - like previous versions of the Discovery. However, these has square-shaped rear number-plates. The rectangular plates on the 2017 Discovery may take some getting used to.

The outgoing Discovery had a split tailgate - or bootlid - with a bottom section that flipped down, giving you somewhere to sit as you prised off muddy boots, for example. The new car doesn't have this. Instead, there's a small flap inside the boot that folds down, but it appears to offer a narrower space to sit compared with the old car.

  

2017 Land Rover Discovery off road

Land Rover’s unique selling point is that its cars don’t just look the part, but that they can play it too. It hasn't abandoned this with the 2017 Discovery, which can wade through almost a metre (900mm) of water safely.

The wheels of the new car are pushed close to the front and the back, so there’s not much bodywork ahead or behind them. This minimises the chances of the bumpers scraping against the ground at the bottom of steep slopes, or on jagged surfaces.

There’s also a prominent guard underneath the front of the car that curves upward towards the grille, helping to protect the engine from sharp rocks.

The car's air suspension can raise the car to make it less likely to catch on obstacles, but the maximum ground clearance of 283mm is short of the 310mm that the old car was capable of.

  

2017 Land Rover Discovery technology

The 2017 Discovery is available with Land Rover’s standard set of off-roading technology, including terrain response, which can detect the surface you’re driving on and adjust the car for optimum performance. You can also manually select the type of ground you’re covering, such as sand, snow, mud or rocks.

Hill descent control keeps the car at a slow, steady speed down steep gradients. Wade sensing measures the depth of water that the car is driving through

With the ability to tow 3,500kg, the 2017 Discovery is expected to be popular with caravanners or drivers with trailers. It's available with an optional system called advanced tow assist, which helps with tricky reversing manoeuvres, steering the car and trailer automatically into a spot that the driver selects on the dashboard screen.

On-road technology includes the latest assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, which allow the car to accelerate, brake and steer itself on well-marked roads like motorways.

An all-round camera system, self-parking, smartphone integration and a head-up display are all available on the Discovery. 

The ability to raise or lower the rear seats using an app is only one way that the Discovery can connect to your smartphone. Land Rover's InControl app allows you to unlock and unlock the vehicle, and set the temperature of the climate control before you get in.

  

2017 Land Rover Discovery equipment and specs

The 2017 Discovery is described as more luxurious than the current model - and it will need to be, because its rivals, such as the Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are too.

However, the S model, starting at an official list price of £43,495 is unlikely to feel particularly upmarket because it only has cloth seats that are manually adjusted and standard air conditioning, so you can't select a temperature for the car to maintain. There's no sat-nav or parking sensors either. It does come with seven seats that fold manually.

SE versions come with the sort of equipment levels that you would expect of a car costing more than £40,000 (although it does add £6,000 to the price, bringing the 2017 Discovery SE to £49,495). There are leather seats that are electrically adjusted, sat-nav and rear parking sensors.

HSE models, costing an additional £6,500 come with a larger touchscreen (10in instead of 8in), a Meridian sound system, rear camera and keyless entry, so the doors unlock without you having to take the keyfob out of your pocket.

HSE Luxury adds the intelligent seat fold function, allowing you to fold all seven seats electronically, either using in-car buttons or a smartphone app. It also includes a panoramic sunroof, all-round camera system and screens for passengers in the second row of seats. This adds almost £6,000 on to the HSE version, bringing the cost to at least £62,695.

2017 Land Rover Discovery engines

The new Land Rover Discovery is expected to be considerably more efficient than the current car. The least powerful 2-litre diesel engine has an official fuel economy figure of 43.5mpg, compared with 36.7mpg for the old car.

There's a more powerful V6 diesel engine, as well as a petrol which isn't expected to sell in great numbers, as it returns just 26mpg.

  

  

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