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2019 Land Rover Discovery Review

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery has outstanding off-road capability, a premium cabin, and lots of cargo space. However, it ranks in the bottom third of the luxury midsize SUV class because many competitors offer more all-around appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road capabilities
  • Great fuel economy with diesel engine
  • Spacious cabin and cargo hold
  • High-end cabin materials
  • Rivals have even stronger engine options
  • Subpar fuel economy with base engine

Is the Land Rover Discovery a Good SUV?

Don’t let its subpar ranking fool you. The Discovery is a good luxury midsize SUV. It has plenty of space in the cabin and an adult-friendly optional third row. Its engines are potent, and the turbodiesel is especially thrifty. Off the beaten path is where this vehicle truly shines, as the Discovery delivers some of the best off-road abilities in the class.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Discovery?

The main reason to buy the Land Rover Discovery is for its off-road prowess. While it’s true that the Discovery has an upscale and spacious cabin, plenty of tech features, punchy powertrains, and a smooth ride, other luxury SUVs provide these benefits and more. The Volvo XC90 has one of the nicest interiors in the class, at a lower price than this Land Rover. The Audi Q7 has powerful engines and sporty handling, but it also offers a refined ride on the pavement.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Discovery?

The 2019 Discovery belongs to a generation that launched for the 2017 model year. For 2019, the Discovery gains a few standard features, including lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, a power-opening inner tailgate, and LED headlights. However, most of these features are available in older models. For 2018, Land Rover made the turbodiesel engine available in every Discovery trim. A head-up display also became an option that year, and the 10-inch touch screen became standard. Overall, these are relatively minor changes. You could likely save money and get virtually the same SUV by shopping for a used model.

To further research used models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Land Rover Discovery. If you decide an older model is right for you, 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: 13 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Land Rover Discovery reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this sedan in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 13 Land Rover Discovery reviews. Our Discovery review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Land Rover Discovery Cost?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery has a starting MSRP of $52,300. That’s about average among luxury midsize SUVs. The midlevel HSE has an MSRP of $59,100, and the top-of-the-line HSE Luxury trim has an MSRP of $66,500. Land Rover offers numerous options and packages which can raise the price even further. You can add the turbodiesel engine to any trim for $2,000.

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Land Rover Discovery Versus the Competition

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

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is essentially a smaller version of the Land Rover Discovery. It has a high-end cabin, lots of tech features, and excellent off-road capabilities. The Discovery Sport has a third row, but it’s best left for children. It also has two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but there are no V6 or diesel options. Starting at $37,795, the Discovery Sport’s price is about $14,500 less than that of the Discovery. If your budget stretches that far, though, the Discovery is the better choice. It handles better on the road and has more space for passengers and cargo, as well as stronger and more fuel-efficient engine choices.

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is another good luxury midsize SUV. It shares some powertrains with the Discovery, including a diesel engine. The Range Rover Sport is also available with a brawny V8 and, for 2019, an all-new turbocharged plug-in-hybrid powertrain. Both of these vehicles are adept off-roaders that can be equipped with a third row of seats. They also have comparable standard features, including a hands-free power liftgate (gesture tailgate), navigation, a 10-inch touch screen (two in the Sport), and a supercharged V6 engine. However, the Discovery has a higher cargo capacity and lower starting MSRP. You’ll save nearly $14,500 by choosing the base-model Discovery over the Range Rover Sport. Both of these are good vehicles. Choosing between them comes down to your budget and personal preference.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery or Jaguar F-Pace?

For 2019, Jaguar made a number of updates to the F-Pace. This luxury compact SUV goes toe-to-toe with the Land Rover in standard features. The Jaguar has a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it matches the Discovery with a diesel engine option and outmatches it with a supercharged V8 in the new high-performance F-Pace SVR trim. The Jag has sharper handling too. With a starting MSRP of $44,600, the F-Pace will save you about $7,700 over the Discovery in its base trim. However, the Land Rover is larger, with more passenger and cargo space as well as seating for up to seven people. The Discovery is also a superior off-roader. Both of these are decent luxury SUVs. Choosing between these two boils down to your priorities.

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Discovery Interior

How Many People Does the Discovery Seat?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery seats five people on leather upholstery in its standard configuration. The seating capacity can be increased to seven with the optional third row. Power-adjustable front seats are standard as well. Upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, a power-folding third row, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Few 3-row SUVs have ample space for adults in all three rows, but the Discovery is one of them. There’s plenty of head- and legroom, and the soft leather is comfortable. The front seats are especially comfortable, with multiple methods of adjustment. You can also lock or unlock this vehicle with Land Rover's Activity Key, a waterproof wristband which acts as a kind of keyless entry system and replaces the key fob when needed. 

Discovery and Car Seats

The Land Rover Discovery has two complete sets of LATCH connections for securing child car seats on the second row, as well as an additional upper tether anchor. The optional third row also has complete sets of LATCH connectors on both seats.

Discovery Interior Quality

The cabin of the Discovery is full of finely textured and soft-touch materials. The dashboard styling resembles that of the flagship Land Rover Range Rover.

Discovery Cargo Space

This vehicle has 43.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 88.3 cubic feet with them folded down. That’s more space than most other luxury midsize SUVs offer, and it easily eclipses other Land Rovers, such as the Range Rover Velar, Discovery Sport, and even the larger Range Rover. A standard power gesture tailgate lets you open the liftgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper. Land Rover also offers an available Intelligent Seat Fold, which lets you collapse the rear seats using your smartphone.

Discovery Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery features Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo, and a 10-inch touch screen.

Available tech includes a 10-speaker or 14-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a few safety features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available, as is Land Rover’s Activity Key, which is a waterproof wristband that lets you access the vehicle without a key fob.

The InControl infotainment system’s straightforward menus and quick response times make it simple to use. There aren’t many non-touch physical controls though.

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

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Discovery Performance

Discovery Engine: Strong and Capable

Land Rover offers two powertrains in the Discovery. A 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard, and a 254-horsepower turbodiesel engine is available.

The supercharged V6 engine offers quicker acceleration than the turbodiesel, but the diesel engine has more torque and better fuel economy estimates. Both engines produce ample power for most driving needs, and the turbodiesel’s added torque makes it especially useful for off-roading.

Discovery Gas Mileage: Thrifty Turbodiesel

The four-wheel-drive Land Rover Discovery with the supercharged V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Not only is that one of the lowest estimates in the class, but it also means you’ll spend several hundred dollars more at the pump per year than you would with the Range Rover Velar or Range Rover Discovery Sport – but the Discovery also runs on premium gasoline.

The turbodiesel engine does better, earning estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That’s excellent among luxury midsize SUVs.

Discovery Ride and Handling: Nice and Relaxing

The Discovery delivers a comfortable on-road ride, which is important for many luxury SUV shoppers. Its suspension does a fine job absorbing blemishes in the road, and this vehicle remains composed around turns despite its size. Four-wheel drive is standard.

Discovery Off-Roading

The Discovery shines in off-road travels. This adventure-ready SUV climbs rocky paths and sandy hills with ease. A Terrain Response system is standard, allowing the Discovery to adapt to various trail conditions. A self-adjusting Terrain Response system is available, as is an adaptive air suspension and a two-speed transfer case.

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Discovery Reliability

Is the Land Rover Discovery Reliable?

The 2019 Discovery earns a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Land Rover Discovery Warranty

Land Rover covers the 2019 Discovery with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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Discovery Safety

Discovery Crash Test Results

As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Land Rover Discovery. This is common among high-end luxury vehicles.

Discovery Safety Features

The 2019 Discovery comes standard with a handful of driver assistance technologies, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and a driver condition monitor.

Blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, traffic sign recognition, high-speed automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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Which Land Rover Discovery Model Is Right for Me?

Land Rover offers the 2019 Discovery in three trim levels: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. They share the same powertrain, consisting of a supercharged V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Any of the trims can be upgraded to have the turbodiesel engine for $2,000. Four-wheel drive is standard.

The base SE is already well-equipped and should satisfy most shoppers. It’s also available with several options packages, meaning you can likely find an SE model with several of the same features as a higher trim without breaking the bank.

Land Rover Discovery SE

The Land Rover Discovery SE has a starting MSRP of $52,300. For that, you’ll get 12-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, and a powered gesture tailgate. The SE also comes standard with the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 10-inch touch screen. Several safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and a driver condition monitor.

For $300, you can add the Smartphone package and get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Drive package ($1,900) adds traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and high-speed automatic emergency braking. For $3,600, the Driver Assist package adds those safety features plus a surround-view parking camera. A Cold Climate package adds $1,275 to the SE’s MSRP and outfits it with heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel. For $2,195, you can add third-row seats, an electronic air suspension, and a two-speed transfer case.

Land Rover Discovery HSE

With an MSRP of $59,100, the Discovery HSE adds a panoramic sunroof, front and rear fog lights, larger alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the contents of the Drive package listed above.

The Smartphone, Cold Climate, and 7 Seat packages remain available, as does the Driver Assist Package’s surround-view parking camera (now $2,900). A Luxury Climate Comfort package is available for $3,300 (or $3,660 to add heated third-row seats). It includes a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, four-zone climate control, and upgraded leather upholstery. For $1,095, the Remote Intelligent Seat Fold package adds power-folding third-row seats with electric recline functionality and, as the name suggests, Intelligent Seat Fold. This handy function lets you raise or lower the seats using your smartphone.

Finally, the Capability Plus package ($1,275) adds the upgraded Terrain Response 2 system and an active locking rear differential.

Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

The high-end HSE Luxury Trim rounds out the Discovery lineup. With a starting MSRP of $66,500, this trim features standard third-row seating and many of the options listed above. It also adds a 14-speaker Meridian sound system, a two-speed transfer case, an electronic air suspension, restyled alloy wheels, and ambient interior lighting.

Once again, the Capability Plus, Smartphone, Driver Assist, and 7 Seat Luxury Climate package are available, though the last one now costs $1,985 and adds a massaging function to the front seats. 

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The Final Call

The Discovery is a good SUV with powerful engines, a comfortable ride, and composed handling. At the same time, it’s rugged enough to tackle the roughest of trails. Inside, the cabin is upscale and full of quality materials, and there’s plenty of space for adults in all three rows. This SUV’s midpack ranking comes more from the better overall appeal of its rivals, many of which have more athletic performance for less money.

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

  • "Land Rover has combined what works, left off what isn't necessary, and kept it lighter without becoming lesser – an interstate express for the whole family with European sophistication and American amenities. If that's what you crave, the 2017 Discovery indeed fits the bill." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "The Disco … prices are not appreciably higher than those of the LR4 that the Disco replaces. And for that money, buyers will get a much more pleasant, much more modern conveyance. Surely, some Rover aficionados will eschew the new Disco and its smooth, modern ways. But we suspect a much larger number of folks will consider purchasing a new Disco than any of the previous ones." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "Land Rover might not want to hear this but with all the room inside and the seven seats, plus the storage and USB ports and connectivity and all the rest, it's almost like the Discovery is a really, really, capable minivan. If you want a big(ish), tough, SUV capable of conquering damned near anything you'd ever likely throw at it while hauling you and six of your pals, then check it out." -- Autoweek (2017) 
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