2020 Land Rover Discovery

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Review

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is highly capable off-road, and it has a spacious cabin with luxe materials. Drawbacks include a sluggish infotainment system and a below-average predicted reliability rating. The Discovery does not have an overall score or ranking due because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road prowess
  • Expansive cargo space
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Poor fuel economy with base model
  • Engines aren't as potent as some rivals'
  • Infotainment system is slow to respond

New for 2020

  • Gains standard blind spot monitoring, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Loses standard navigation
  • Reduced cargo capacity
  • Landmark trim debuts

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Land Rover Discovery's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.
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Reliability:
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Is the Land Rover Discovery a Good SUV?

The 2020 Discovery is a decent luxury midsize SUV. It stands out in the class for its fantastic off-road prowess, and it offers a potent engine lineup and a spacious cabin. However, many competitors match the Discovery’s strengths while offering better fuel efficiency and more user-friendly infotainment systems – areas in which this Land Rover comes up short.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Discovery?

The Land Rover Discovery is a solid vehicle, but it shouldn’t be your first choice unless off-road capability is among your top priorities. We recommend cross-shopping more well-rounded competitors like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The Q7 delivers one of the most engaging rides in the class, and the GLE has an even more luxurious cabin than the Discovery.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Discovery?

The Discovery was introduced for the 2017 model year. For 2018, a 10-inch touch screen became standard and a head-up display and a turbodiesel engine became available. Land Rover added more standard features for 2019, including lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and a power liftgate.

For 2020, Land Rover debuts the Landmark trim and adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and blind spot monitoring to the standard features list. However, the 2020 Discovery has slightly less cargo space than the previous model and navigation is no longer standard. With minimal changes throughout the years (many of the newly standard features were available as options in older models), we recommend shopping for a used Discovery. You'll likely spend less money and get a similar SUV.

If you're considering a used model, read our 2017 Discovery, 2018 Discovery, and 2019 Discovery reviews, and be sure to check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 14 Land Rover Discovery reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all Discovery vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2017 to 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Land Rover Discovery Cost?

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery's base model starts at $52,300, which is in line with the starting prices of several other luxury midsize SUVs. The midlevel Landmark and HSE trims start at $58,500 and $59,700, respectively. The high-level HSE Luxury trim starts at $67,200. Several packages and a $2,000 turbodiesel engine option are available.

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Land Rover Discovery Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery or Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a luxury compact SUV that is essentially a smaller version of the Discovery. Both vehicles are at home on the trails, have plenty of features, and boast an upscale cabin. However, there are a few distinct differences between them. The Discovery has more-potent engines available, along with about 20 more cubic feet of cargo space, but the Discovery Sport costs far less. If you're in need of more cargo space and are willing to pay the price, opt for the Discovery. If not, you'll likely be satisfied with the Discovery Sport.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery or Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

If you want to spend less on a rugged off-roader but don't mind giving up some space, consider the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, a luxury subcompact SUV. The Evoque only seats five people and has a small cargo area, but its premium interior materials and generous list of safety features alongside its lower starting price make it an appealing choice.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery or Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 is a great luxury midsize SUV. Among its notable attributes are an elegant cabin and an expansive list of standard and available technology. Additionally, its sporty handling and well-weighted steering help give it one of the most enjoyable rides in the class. The Q7 is a superior choice for most shoppers, but those more interested in off-road capability will prefer the Discovery.

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Discovery Interior

How Many People Does the Discovery Seat?

There's seating for five people in the standard Discovery, but an available third row increases seating capacity to seven. This Land Rover provides spacious seating in the first two rows, with sliding and reclining second-row seats. The third row is a bit tight, but there’s enough room for most adults.

Discovery and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row seats and two additional sets for the optional third-row seats.

Discovery Interior Quality

The Discovery's cabin features high-quality materials that are on par with what shoppers expect from a luxury vehicle. It comes standard with leather upholstery, and upgraded leather upholstery is available.

Discovery Cargo Space

There's 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 83.7 cubic feet when the second-row seats are folded down. That's a good amount of space, though a bit less than what the 2019 Discovery provides. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available. You can also add the Remote Intelligent Seat Fold, which allows you to fold down the rear seats using an app on your smartphone.

Discovery Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Discovery comes with an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that has a slow-to-respond 10-inch touch screen and oddly arranged controls. However, this Land Rover provides a decent amount of standard tech features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker audio system. Navigation, a 16-speaker Meridian audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, and two second-row USB ports are available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Discovery Performance

Discovery Engine: 2 Solid Engine Options

A supercharged 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine powers the base Discovery, and a 254-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel is available. The base engine should provide enough power for most shoppers. Models with the turbodiesel engine don't accelerate as quickly, but the increased torque makes them off-road beasts. The turbodiesel also returns improved fuel economy. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines.

Discovery Gas Mileage: Opt for the Efficient Turbodiesel

Discovery models equipped with the standard supercharged V6 engine get 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the worst fuel economy figures in the class. Opting for the turbodiesel engine will get you a much more efficient vehicle. These models get 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those are great estimates for a luxury midsize SUV.

Discovery Ride and Handling: Balanced Ride

This Land Rover has precise steering and a suspension system that smooths out bumps in the road while maintaining a stable ride, even on curvy roads. Its on-road manners aren't as engaging as those of some competitors, however.

Discovery Off-Road Performance: Outstanding

A major highlight of the Discovery is its off-road capability. This vehicle can easily travel over mud, rocks, sand, and snow. In addition to its standard four-wheel drive, the Discovery comes with hill-descent control. Additional off-road equipment is available, including a two-speed transfer case, Terrain Response 2, and All-Terrain Progress Control.

Discovery Towing Capacity

The Discovery can tow up to 8,201 pounds when properly equipped.

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Discovery Reliability

Is the Land Rover Discovery Reliable?

The 2020 Discovery has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Land Rover Discovery Warranty

This Land Rover comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Discovery Safety

Discovery Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has performed crash tests on the 2020 Discovery.

Discovery Safety Features

The Discovery comes standard with many safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, fog lights, park assist, emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a clear exit monitor, which warns exiting occupants of possible hazards such as passing vehicles.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, high-speed emergency braking, a 360-degree parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, and an adaptive speed limiter, which sets the maximum speed based on road signs.

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Discovery Dimensions and Weight

The Discovery is roughly 16.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,735 to 4,900 pounds.

Where Is the Land Rover Discovery Built?

Land Rover builds the 2020 Discovery in Slovakia.

Which Land Rover Discovery Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Discovery comes in four trim levels: SE, Landmark, HSE, and HSE Luxury. The base SE trim should have enough features to satisfy most shoppers. The SE can also be equipped with several packages that have features found in higher trim levels. All models come standard with a supercharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. A turbodiesel engine is available in the SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury trims for an additional $2,000.

Land Rover Discovery SE

The base SE trim starts at $52,300 and comes with an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker audio system. Additionally, it features leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and alloy wheels. It also comes packed with safety technology, including blind spot monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear fog lights, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a clear exit monitor, and emergency braking.

Many packages are available for the SE trim. The 7 Seat package costs $2,195 and adds seven seats, a two-speed transfer case, and electronic air suspension. The Capability package costs $1,530 and adds Terrain Response 2, a two-speed transfer case, and electronic air suspension. For $1,400, the Drive package adds traffic sign recognition, an adaptive speed limiter, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking. The Driver Assist package ($3,100) includes all the features from the Drive package as well as a 360-degree parking camera system. A Cold Climate package ($1,275) adds a heated steering wheel as well as heated front and rear seats.

Land Rover Discovery Landmark

The Landmark trim has a starting price of $58,500. Standard features in this new-for-2020 trim include the contents of the 7 Seat and Cold Climate packages, as well as a sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, front and rear fog lights, four-zone automatic climate control, and trim-specific styling. It also comes with navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and HD Radio. The Drive and Driver Assist packages are available for $1,400 and $3,100, respectively. This is the only trim that doesn't offer the turbodiesel engine.

Land Rover Discovery HSE

The HSE trim (MSRP: $59,700) features most of the base trim's features as well as navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, three-zone automatic climate control, rear fog lights, a sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, and the contents of the Drive package.

In addition to several of the packages available for the base trim, the HSE is available with the Luxury Climate Comfort package, which costs $3,300 and includes a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and upgraded leather upholstery. The 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort package is priced at $3,660 and features all the features from the Luxury Climate Comfort package except the upgraded leather upholstery in addition to heated third-row seats. You can also add the Remote Intelligent Seat Fold package, which includes Intelligent Seat Fold, power reclining rear seats, and powered third-row seats for $1,095.

Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

The HSE Luxury trim starts at $67,200. It includes most of the HSE's features, as well as a 16-speaker Meridian audio system, upgraded leather upholstery, front and rear fog lights, a two-speed transfer case, electronic air suspension, and the contents of the 7 Seat, Cold Climate, and Remote Intelligent Seat Fold packages. It's available with the Driver Assist ($2,900) and 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort ($1,985) packages.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery boasts phenomenal off-road prowess, but it otherwise struggles to make its mark in the luxury midsize SUV class. Many rivals offer a better all-around package with more refined engines and easier-to-use infotainment systems.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The Land Rover Discovery isn't as capable off-road as the LR4 it replaced. However, it's far more comfortable on-road than its predecessor and more suited for trail adventures than most rivals. Its interior is seriously luxurious and has clever storage solutions. Downsides include a sluggish powertrain, a smaller-than-average back seat, and an excruciatingly slow infotainment system." -- Edmunds
  • "The Discovery's styling isn't as brash or defining as that of the larger Range Rover or the Range Rover Sport, but it works in this case, creating a sleek, modern luxury SUV that stacks up well against competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "While some crossover SUVs may look the part of rugged off-roaders, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery is the real deal. Land Rover’s luxurious Discovery pampers its occupants with the latest technology and safety systems, packaged into an interior as user-friendly as it is elegant." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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