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2018 Land Rover Discovery Review

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery finishes in the middle of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. The Discovery is arguably one of the most capable off-roaders in the class, but some competitors tout better on-road performance, nicer interiors, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional off-road capabilities
  • Potent powertrains
  • Turbodiesel models get excellent fuel economy
  • High-end, feature-filled, roomy cabin
  • Subpar gas mileage with base engine
  • Low predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Turbodiesel now available in all trims
  • 10-inch touch screen now standard
  • Newly available head-up display

Is the Land Rover Discovery a Good SUV?

The 2018 Discovery is a good SUV. It leads the class in off-road ability, its engines provide plenty of power, and it handles well. The cabin looks great and uses premium materials throughout. The seats are spacious, and the tech features are user-friendly. The Discovery even has an adult-friendly third row of seats, which is not common in the class.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Discovery?

You're certainly not making a bad choice if you buy this Land Rover, but because off-road ability is central to its appeal, there may be better options for you if you don't plan to venture into the wilderness. The Volvo XC90 has a lower price tag but delivers the same high levels of quality, making it a great value. If you find the Discovery's adventurous capability appealing, you may want to check out the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Discovery?

The Discovery launched as a brand-new model for 2017. For 2018, Land Rover makes the turbodiesel engine available in every trim, and a 10-inch touch screen is now standard. A head-up display is also a newly available driver assistance feature. 

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used car instead of a new one, though it may be tough to find a used Discovery since it's such a new vehicle. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overview of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery. Also, 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: 10 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the Land Rover Discovery is the right SUV for you, we've gathered and analyzed 10 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Discovery's fuel economy, features, and more to give you an idea of its strengths and weaknesses.

This overview uses applicable research and reviews from every year since the Discovery's introduction, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party manages the ads on our site.

How Much Does the Land Rover Discovery Cost?

Prices for the 2018 Discovery start at $52,090, which is right around the middle of the range for base prices in the luxury midsize SUV class. The top-of-the-line HSE Luxury model starts at $65,490. The Discovery's numerous option packages can quickly increase these prices by thousands of dollars.

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Land Rover Discovery Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery or Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90 provides one of the most stylish, upscale cabins available in a class full of luxurious SUVs. The Volvo offers plenty of standard and available features, some of which you can't get in the Discovery, like Apple CarPlay. Also, the XC90's seats might be the most comfortable in the class. On top of all that, the XC90 has a lower starting price than the Discovery. The Volvo is a better choice for comfort and value, but it can't match the Land Rover's adventure-ready capabilities.

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one of few rivals that can match the Discovery when it comes to off-road ability and interior opulence. These two Land Rovers have the same powertrain options, though the Range Rover Sport also offers a V8. The Discovery has more passenger and cargo space, but the Range Rover Sport has nimbler handling. Features-wise, these two are nearly identical. However, the Range Rover Sport carries a much higher price tag, making the Discovery a better choice for most buyers.

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Discovery Interior

How Many People Does the Discovery Seat?

The Discovery can seat up to seven people, depending on its configuration. SE and HSE trims have five seats in two rows and are available with an optional third row that increases seating capacity to seven. HSE Luxury models come standard with the third row. Other standard features in the base SE trim include leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats, while upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable steering wheel are optional.

It's easy to get comfortable in the front row thanks to the seats' adjustability. There's also an excellent view of the road ahead. The second-row seats are roomy, as are the third-row seats, which can fit a couple of adults. Few rival 3-row SUVs have adult-friendly third-row seats.

Discovery and Car Seats

There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the outboard second-row seats, as well as on both of the optional third-row seats. 

Discovery Interior Quality

The Discovery's cabin swaddles occupants in top-notch materials, including soft leather upholstery. The dashboard styling reflects the design you'll find in Land Rover's flagship SUV, the Range Rover.

Discovery Cargo Space

Few luxury midsize SUVs offer as much cargo space as the Discovery, which has up to 82.7 cubic feet of room when the rear seats are folded. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard, and the trunk has a wide opening to accommodate bulky objects. Intelligent Seat Fold, which lets you use your smartphone to remotely fold the rear seats, is optional.

Discovery Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

All models in the lineup come equipped with high-tech features, including a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation. Those who enjoy outdoor adventures will appreciate the available Activity Key, which is a waterproof wristband you can wear to lock and unlock the doors (instead of carrying a key fob). The infotainment system has logical menus and responds quickly to user inputs. Still, it lacks smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – features that are available in most rivals. (For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.) The infotainment system absorbs nearly all controls for audio and climate settings, which can make changing settings more cumbersome than with physical buttons and knobs.

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Discovery Performance

Discovery Engine: Punchy, Potent Powertrains

You can choose from two engines in the 2018 Discovery: a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline six-cylinder or a 254-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder. The gasoline engine helps the Discovery accelerate quickly, while the turbodiesel offers added torque and higher fuel efficiency. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Discovery Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipping Optional Turbodiesel

Out of the Discovery’s two engine choices, you’ll save the most on fuel costs with the turbodiesel. Its EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway is excellent for a luxury midsize SUV. The fuel economy rating for the supercharged V6 – 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway – is one of the lowest in the class.

Discovery Ride and Handling: Smooth and Steady

At the forefront of most luxury SUV buyers' minds is ride comfort – and on that matter, the Discovery delivers. Rough patches of road are absorbed by the SUV's suspension. When the road gets twisty, the Discovery corners with ease, staying level and composed through turns.

Discovery Off-Road Performance

The Discovery is one of a handful of luxury SUVs that can just as easily climb sandy dunes as it can drive along suburban roads, thanks to its standard four-wheel drive and hill-descent control. In addition, the standard Terrain Response system lets drivers adjust driving dynamics to match terrain conditions. There's an optional Terrain Response 2 system that automatically adjusts itself, and it comes alongside adaptive air suspension. A two-speed transfer case is also available.

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 2018 Discovery has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s below average for a new vehicle and among the lowest scores in the class.

Land Rover Discovery Warranty

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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Discovery Safety

Discovery Crash Test Results

Like many luxury SUVs, the Discovery has not been crash tested.

Discovery Safety Features

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard in the Discovery. Several more advanced safety features are available, including driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a traffic sign recognition system, and a 360-degree camera.

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Which Land Rover Discovery Model Is Right for Me?

Most buyers will be happy with the base SE trim's balance of features and price. Not only is the SE well-equipped as standard, but it's available with several option packages. This means you can get a well-equipped model without breaking the bank on an HSE or HSE Luxury model.

Land Rover Discovery SE

The base SE model starts at $52,090 and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a hands-free power liftgate, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

The Drive package ($565) adds driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a traffic sign recognition system that can slow the SUV to ensure you stay below the speed limit. The Drive Pro package ($2,400) has all the features from the Drive package, plus forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Cold Climate package ($1,275) comes with a heated steering wheel and heated first- and second-row seats. The 7 Seat package ($2,195) adds a third row of seats, a two-speed transfer case, and adaptive air suspension. The Capability package ($1,530) includes the Terrain Response 2 system, a two-speed transfer case, and adaptive air suspension.

Land Rover Discovery HSE

The $58,490 HSE model adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and front parking sensors.

All of the packages from the SE model are available for the same prices in the HSE model, and there are additional packages available. The Luxury Climate Comfort package ($3,540) has all the features from the Cold Climate package, plus upgraded leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, and ventilated first- and second-row seats. The 7 Seat Luxury Climate Comfort package ($3,900) has all the features from the Luxury Climate Comfort package, plus heated third-row seats. The Vision Assist package ($1,020) adds a 360-degree camera and LED headlights.

Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

The range-topping HSE Luxury model is priced at $65,490 and comes with upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, reclining second-row seats, a third row of seats, and a 14-speaker Meridian surround-sound system.

All of the packages in the HSE trim (aside from the Cold Climate package) are also available in the HSE Luxury model.

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The Final Call

Don't let the Discovery's midpack class ranking fool you into believing it's not a good SUV. On the contrary, it offers ample engine power, composed handling, and a comfortable ride, while also being rugged enough to conquer the toughest of trails. The cabin is chic, roomy, and filled with loads of features. Ultimately, this is a very balanced SUV that deserves a test drive from those shopping in the class. Still, some rivals may offer equally high-end cabins or significantly 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.

  • "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 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)
  • "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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