Lightweight design; 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; poor fuel economy on gasoline models
For 2019, the Land Rover Discovery SE gains LED headlights, a power inner lift gate, lane-keep assist, auto high beams, rear cross-traffic alert and a monitoring system to detect when the driver becomes drowsy. A new Wade Sensing system that measures water depth relative to the vehicle's max wading depth is now available on HSE and HSE Luxury models, and the new multi-function steering wheel features touch-capacitive controls.
For the money, we'd go with the HSE or HSE Luxury trims. Both trims come well-equipped and have 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 2019 is offered in three trims: SE, HSE and HSE Luxury.
The Discovery SE ($53,295) includes the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, an 8-speed automatic transmission, 4WD with a single-speed transfer case, automatic LED headlights, auto high beams, Hill Descent Control, start/stop technology, an acoustic laminated windshield, slide and recline second-row seats, a 10-inch InControl Touch Pro navigation system, a 10-speaker 250-watt sound system, 4G Wi-Fi, 19-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic detection, a powered inner tailgate, a rear backup camera and leather seating with 12-way power front seats.
The Discovery HSE ($60,185) adds power-folding heated side mirrors, 3-zone climate control, a 10-in touchscreen, a power sunroof, InControl Pro navigation, 20-in alloy wheels, a 10-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system, keyless entry, a power adjustable steering column and memory for the power driver's seat.
The Discovery HSE Luxury ($67,495) is a more advanced 4WD system with a 2-speed transfer case, electronic air suspension, a panoramic electric sunroof, Windsor leather seating, 16-way power front seats, heated front and rear seats, a power third-row seat with an intelligent seat-fold feature, a 14-speaker 825-watt Meridian sound system, a heated steering wheel and configurable ambient lighting.
The diesel engine adds $2,000 to the price. Options vary by trim and include the Driver Assist Package (adaptive cruise control and a surround camera system), 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 package features include Terrain Response 2, electronic air suspension with 11 inches of possible ground clearance, Wade Sensing, a heated third-row seat, a head-up display and a rear-seat entertainment system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2019 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 a center-console refrigerator. While the performance with the turbocharged 4-cylinder isn't as robust as the Discovery's V6, you can get a plug-in hybrid model that's both quick and efficient.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS -- The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a bit roomier and offers more in 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.
2019 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 2012-2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has more power and luxury features with the traditional look and build that many Land Rover owners expect from this legendary British make.