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2017 Land Rover Discovery Review

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery offers superb off-road performance, a luxurious interior, and plenty of seating and cargo space, but its below-average predicted reliability rating sinks it to the bottom third of the luxury midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Powerful engines
  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Some ownership costs are high




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Land Rover Discovery Overview

Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery a Good Used SUV?

The redesigned Land Rover Discovery is certainly a capable vehicle, but it shouldn’t be your first pick among used luxury midsize SUVs. The Discovery rates poorly for predicted reliability, and its ownership costs are higher than average. That’s really too bad, because this Land Rover excels in most other areas. The Discovery has a luxurious interior with an available third row that can actually accommodate adults. It performs admirably and rides comfortably both on and off the pavement. The Land Rover Discovery even returns good fuel economy with its available diesel engine.

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How Much Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery?

You can expect to pay between $51,500 and $72,600 for a used 2017 Discovery. These figures are based on 150 used listings for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery on our site. The average price is $61,700, but it can vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Cost to Own?

The Discovery’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $33,300 – or about $6,650 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Discovery?

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery starts at $52,090 but can far exceed $70,000 in the top trim levels with options. You can save money by shopping for a used 2017 Discovery, especially if you want a base model. There were no major changes to the Discovery for 2018, so you won’t miss much with a used model.

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If a 2018 Discovery won’t work, you’ll still have many non-luxury options that deliver excellent value and performance. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 echoes the interior refinement and seven-passenger practicality of the Discovery, but it has a much lower starting price of $32,130. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (starting at $43,595) offers comparable off-roading ability for less. The compact Land Rover Discovery Sport ($37,795) is a capable off-roader, and it can seat seven in a pinch.

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Which Model Year of the Land Rover Discovery Is Best?

Land Rover revived its Discovery nameplate for the 2017 model year. There were no major changes for 2018, so you can save money with a used 2017 model. You’ll save even more by shopping for a used 2016 Land Rover LR4, which is the SUV that the current Discovery replaced. The LR4 is similarly capable off-road, but it’s not as comfortable to drive. It also feels tippy around corners, returns poor fuel economy, and offers fewer advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery?

The 2017 Discovery has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Discovery. Land Rover recalled certain models due to a fault with the fuel gauge. Affected models may indicate that the fuel level is lower than it actually is, which can cause the engine to stall. Before buying a used Discovery, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Land Rover Discovery Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is available in three trim levels: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. Each trim comes standard with four-wheel drive and a gas V6 engine, but two trims – the HSE and the HSE Luxury – are available with a turbodiesel engine.

Standard features in the base model Discovery SE include an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and alloy wheels. The Discovery HSE trim adds a larger 10-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and front parking sensors.

The HSE Luxury trim adds heated front and rear seats, an air suspension, and low-range gearing. It also comes standard with third-row seats, though these are optional on SE and HSE models. Available upgrades include a rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated front and rear seats, massaging front seats, and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Discovery?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 Discovery.

However, this SUV offers many advanced safety features. All models come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available features include forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, a driver drowsiness monitor, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, adaptive pivoting headlights, and a head-up display.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Discovery or 2017 Volvo XC90?

Unless you plan to venture off-road, the 2017 Volvo XC90 is a better pick than the Land Rover. The XC90 has one of the most luxurious interiors in this class. It can seat four to seven people depending on the trim, and even the available third row has plenty of legroom – a rarity among 3-row SUVs. The XC90 also outshines the Discovery with far more standard safety features, lower ownership costs, and a more refined infotainment system with Apple CarPlay (a popular feature you can’t get in the Discovery).

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Discovery or 2017 Range Rover Sport?

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one of the only vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class that can match the Discovery's off-road prowess. The Range Rover Sport has a similar array of off-road tech, and it shares the Discovery’s V6 engines. It also offers a supercharged V8 with upwards of 550 horsepower. Needless to say, it’s the more fun-to-drive SUV of the two. Inside, you'll find a stylish cabin filled with top-notch materials and almost all of the same features as the Discovery. The Range Rover’s third row isn’t as roomy though, and used models tend to be much pricier. Ultimately, both are fine off-road luxury vehicles, but the choice really boils down to price – the Range Rover Sport costs about $11,800 more on average than the Discovery.

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2017 Discovery Performance

How Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Drive?

The 2017 Discovery has two engine options, and both feel refined. The standard supercharged gas V6 makes 340 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque, and an available turbodiesel V6 produces 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive come standard.

Both V6 engines accelerate the Discovery up to speed confidently, but each has its compromises. The diesel feels a little short on power at highway speeds, particularly when attempting to pass a slower vehicle. The gas V6 makes up for that lull in passing power, but it’s much thirstier at the gas pump. Both feel well-matched to the Discovery’s smooth-shifting transmission.

A pliant suspension gives the Discovery a comfortable ride over almost any surface, paved or otherwise. It also has good handling, responsive steering, and little body roll despite this SUV’s height.

The Discovery shines most when the pavement ends. It’s easily one of the most capable off-road SUVs in this segment. All models come equipped with Terrain Response, which adjusts the SUV’s traction control for snow, sand, mud, rock, and other driving conditions. Available off-road features include a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing, a locking rear differential, low-speed crawl control, and an air suspension with up to 11.1 inches of ground clearance.

Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Discovery’s fuel economy ranges from good to average. When equipped with its turbodiesel V6, the Discovery returns 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the class. The gas V6 returns a much lower 16/21 mpg city/highway.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Towing Capacity

The Discovery can tow up to 8,200 pounds when properly equipped. That’s an excellent towing capacity for a luxury midsize SUV. Models equipped with the diesel V6 are rated to tow slightly less at 7,700 pounds.

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2017 Discovery Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Discovery Seat?

The standard Land Rover Discovery seats five. A third row is available, which increases the SUV’s seating capacity to seven. With either configuration, the front seats are comfortable and provide a commanding view of the road. The second-row seats are similarly cozy, offering generous head- and legroom. The available third-row is unusually spacious for the class, and it can even accommodate adults in reasonable comfort. That said, taller adults may still want to sit up front.

Leather upholstery is standard. Upgrades include heated seats (in all three rows), ventilated first- and second-row seats, and massaging front seats. Overall, the Discovery’s interior looks great, and its materials feel high quality. There also isn’t much road or wind noise at highway speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Land Rover Discovery?

The Discovery has as many as four full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. There are two complete sets in the second row. In models with a third row, you get two more full sets of LATCH connectors.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Features

The Discovery comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, and USB ports. Available features include navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a larger 10-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a 14-speaker audio system, and a pair of 8-inch infotainment screens for rear-seat passengers.

The touch screen is clear and easy to see, eliminating the need for lots of physical buttons. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you feel about touch screens in your vehicle. Though it’s occasionally slow to respond to inputs, the system works well overall and has a slick smartphone-like layout. The climate controls are separate, and they employ simple knobs and buttons.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Cargo Space

The Discovery has an impressive amount of cargo space, as long as you aren’t using the available third-row seats. There’s just 9.1 cubic feet of space with all three rows in the upright position. You get a roomier 45 cubic feet with the third row folded. With all the rear seats folded, the Discovery has 82.7 cubic feet of cargo space. A hands-free tailgate is standard.

2017 Discovery Length and Weight

The Discovery is 16.3 feet long. It has a curb weight of between 4,751 and 4,916 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Built?

Land Rover built the 2017 Discovery in the United Kingdom.

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