Lightweight design improves safety and fuel economy; powerful gasoline engine; excellent off-road ability; roomy interior; lots of luxury features; competitively priced
Lower tow rating with diesel engine; infotainment interface can be confusing at times; bottom seat cushions could use more support and length
For 2018, the Land Rover Discovery's diesel engine option is now offered on all trims. New standard equipment includes a 10-inch InControl Touch Pro navigation system and automatic emergency braking. The HSE and HSE Luxury models offer an improved head-up display and come standard with a larger 12.3-in driver information display. See the 2018 Land Rover Discovery models for sale near you
For the money, we'd go with the HSE or HSE Luxury trims. Both trims come well-equipped and can be had with the diesel engine option, plus they allow you to pick and choose additional equipment. If you plan on doing serious off-roading, however, go with the optional Terrain Response 2 and electronic air suspension, both part of the Capability Plus Package.
The Land Rover Discovery for 2018 is offered in three trims: SE, HSE and HSE Luxury.
The Discovery SE ($53,085) includes the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, 8-speed automatic transmission, 4WD with single speed transfer case, Hill Descent Control, start/stop technology, acoustic laminated windshield, slide and recline second-row seats, 10-in InControl Touch Pro navigation system and 10-speaker 250-watt sound system, 4G Wi-Fi, a hands-free power lift gate, 19-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, a rear backup camera and leather seating with 12-way power front seats.
The Discovery HSE ($59,485) adds power-folding heated side mirrors, automatic LED headlights, 3-zone climate control, 10-inch touchscreen, power sunroof, InControl Pro navigation, 20-in alloy wheels, 10-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system, keyless entry, powered inner tailgate, power adjustable steering column and memory for the power driver's seat.
The Discovery HSE Luxury ($66,485) a more advanced 4WD system with 2-speed transfer case, electronic air suspension, panoramic electric sunroof, Windsor leather seating, 16-way power front seats, heated front and rear seats, power third-row seat with intelligent seat fold feature, 825-watt 14-speaker Meridian sound system, a heated steering wheel and configurable ambient lighting.
The diesel engine adds $2,000 to the bottom line. Options vary by trim and include the Drive Pro Package (Intelligent Emergency Braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, driver monitor and blind spot assist) the Cold Climate Package (heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel and heated washer nozzles) and the Remote Intelligent Seat Fold package. Other optional features bundled into packages include Terrain Response 2, electronic air suspension with 11 inches of possible ground clearance, surround camera, heated third-row seat, head-up display and a rear seat entertainment system. Notable standalone options include a 380-watt Meridian audio system (SE), power sunroof with fixed panoramic rear glass panel and 22-in wheels.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 Volvo XC90 -- The XC90 isn't as expensive as the Discovery and it has a more dynamic appearance. The Volvo also offers more luxury features, like the second-row captain's chair seating with center console refrigerator. While the performance with the turbocharged 4-cylinder isn't as robust at the Discovery's V6, you can get a plug-in hybrid model that's both quick and efficient.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS -- The Mercedes-Benz GLS offers a bit more room inside and a lot more in the areas of engine options and performance, including a high-output AMG model. But the GLS can't tackle the same tough off-road obstacles as the Discovery, and it costs a lot more.
2018 Audi Q7 -- The Q7 3.0T costs a bit more than the Discovery, but what it lacks in off-road ability it makes up for with a decidedly more comfortable ride. The Q7 also affords you a more luxurious interior and excellent crash test scores.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport -- A 2012-2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport will give you more power and luxury features with the traditional look and build many Land Rover owners expect from this legendary British make.