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2019 Land Rover Discovery Review

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery ranks well among luxury midsize SUVs. It has a refined and comfortable cabin, plenty of cargo space, and potent performance both on and off road.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engine choices
  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Upscale, spacious cabin
  • Ample cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy with base engine

New for 2019

  • Several driver assistance features became standard
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 2.5 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD

Is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Discovery is a good used SUV. This Rover has a long list of standard and available features and a roomy interior that seats up to seven in style. It also serves up expansive cargo space and a great tow rating for a luxury midsize SUV. The Discovery's supercharged engine is formidable, and while it's not the most athletic vehicle in the class, it handles well. Lastly, its off-road capabilities are superb.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 13 Land Rover Discovery reviews – along with predicted reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Discovery is the right used SUV for you.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery?

Based on listings for the 2019 Land Rover Discovery, the average list price is $43,412. Prices range from $40,841 to $56,091 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Cost to Own?

The 2019 Discovery’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $35,000, or $7,000 per year. That’s slightly below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery: What's the Difference?

There are several notable differences between the 2019 and 2018 Land Rover Discovery. For 2019, the SUV gained several standard features, including automatic high-beam headlights, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, driver attention monitoring, and a power liftgate. Also, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a wade depth sensing system became available.

Compare the 2018 and 2019 Discovery »

Here are key changes for the Land Rover Discovery over the last few years:

  • 2017: all-new model (replaced LR4 trim)
  • 2018: 10-inch touch screen, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking made standard; head-up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and diesel engine became available
  • 2019: several driver assistance features became standard; smartphone connectivity and wade depth sensing system made available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Discovery and 2018 Discovery reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery does not have a predicted reliability rating.

Read more about Discovery reliability »

2019 Land Rover Discovery Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ENGINE Recall Date: 01/16/2019
  • Summary: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain 2019 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Discovery vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with V6 or V8 engines whose crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may fracture possibly resulting in engine failure.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2587
  • Consequence: Engine failure can increase the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Land Rover has notified owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft pulley center retaining bolt, free of charge. The recall began February 12, 2019. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is N276.
  • Dates of Manufacture: DEC 20, 2018 to JAN 06, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: N276
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V040000

See more information on Land Rover Discovery safety recalls »

Which Used Land Rover Discovery Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is available in three trims: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. Each comes standard with a supercharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. A diesel engine is optional in every trim.

The base SE model has a long list of standard features, and it's available with many of the amenities that come standard in higher trims. Features available in all trims include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, cabin air ionization, quad-zone climate control, lane tracing assist, and a surround-view parking camera system.

  • Land Rover Discovery SE: The Discovery SE comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker stereo, voice recognition, multiple USB ports, and Bluetooth. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Also standard are dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, a panoramic roof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, LED headlights, a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, and hill descent control.
  • Land Rover Discovery HSE: The Discovery HSE adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker Meridian stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, a dual-pane sunroof, driver's seat memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and two second-row USB ports. This trim also includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and automatic speed limiting. Available features include a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system, wade depth sensing, the Terrain Response 2 system, and All Terrain Progress Control.
  • Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury: The Discovery HSE Luxury comes standard with a third row of seats, Windsor leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, remote rear-seat folding, power-sliding and reclining rear seats, a 14-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, a heated steering wheel, fog lights, a two-speed transfer case, and an air suspension. Available features from the HSE trim fall into the same category here, along with massaging front seats, ventilated first- and second-row seats, and heated third-row seats.

See 2019 Land Rover Discovery trims and specs »

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 2019 Discovery. This is common among luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic speed limiting
  • Head-up display
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system

See Discovery safety scores »

2019 Land Rover Discovery Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Land Rover Discovery or 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is Land Rover’s more upscale luxury midsize SUV, but in most ways the Discovery is better. The Discovery has loads more cargo space, and its available third row is roomier than that of the Range Rover Sport. The Discovery also has a higher tow rating, and it earns better reviews for its infotainment operation. As products of the same brand, these SUVs have many similarities. They both come with a high-end interior, phenomenal off-road abilities, and the same standard supercharged V6 and available diesel engines. The Range Rover Sport distinguishes itself with additional powertrain choices, including a plug-in hybrid and high-powered supercharged V8s. However, you'll likely spend tens of thousands of dollars more for the Range Rover, and its ownership costs fare poorly in the class.

Which Is Better: 2019 Land Rover Discovery or 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a luxury compact SUV. Its only real advantage over the larger Discovery is that it has a much lower price range. The Discovery Sport has a terrible predicted reliability rating and a lower-quality interior than many of its Land Rover siblings. Also, it doesn't match up to the Discovery for ride quality and handling, both on and off road. The Discovery is available with things you won’t find in the Sport, such as a two-speed transfer case and an upgraded terrain response system. Both of these Land Rovers are available as three-row, seven-seat SUVs, but the Discovery Sport's rearmost seats are much tinier, and you'll get a lot more cargo space with the regular Discovery. Unless you're on a tighter budget, go for the Discovery over the Discovery Sport.

Which Is Better: 2019 Land Rover Discovery or 2019 Jaguar F-Pace?

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace offers deft on-road handling, and it has a lineup of five intriguing engine choices, including two turbo-fours, a very fuel-efficient diesel, and a supercharged V6 and V8. Though it doesn't come close to the Discovery's off-road prowess, the F-Pace is a better choice for on-pavement driving fun. The Land Rover has a larger cargo hold, a nicer cabin, and it's available with a third row, which is not available in the smaller F-Pace. Choosing between these two depends on if you like the Jaguar's performance or the Discovery's luxury and space.

Compare the Discovery, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Discovery Sport »

2019 Discovery Performance

How Does the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Drive?

The Land Rover Discovery's on-road manners are a nice blend of comfort and poise. This SUV rides smoothly over rough pavement, and the journey is even better in models with the available adaptive air suspension. The Discovery takes turns with composure and exhibits little body roll despite its size.

The Discovery's standard supercharged V6 is one of the most powerful base engines in the class. It aids in swift acceleration and gives you plenty of muscle for nearly any driving situation. Your other option is an impressive diesel that idles quietly and has ample torque on tap.

  • Base engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard supercharged engine, the 2019 Discovery gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are below average for a luxury midsize SUV. On the flip side, diesel models return 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, figures which are better for the class. Driving the diesel Discovery would save you around $650 in annual fuel costs compared to the supercharged version.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Off-Roading

The Discovery is an off-road beast and features standard four-wheel drive, hill descent control, and selectable terrain modes: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud & Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl. Available features include a two-speed transfer case and an air suspension that adjusts to give you more than 11 inches of ground clearance.

The available Terrain Response 2 system automatically selects correct parameters for the conditions you're in. Optional All Terrain Progress Control acts as a low-speed cruise control system to let you focus on steering inputs when off-roading. The Discovery can ford water up to 34.4 inches, and an automatic wade depth sensing system is available.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Towing Capacity

The Discovery can tow up to 8,201 pounds when properly equipped. That's excellent for the class.

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2019 Discovery Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Discovery Seat?

In its standard configuration, the 2019 Discovery is a two-row, five-person SUV. Seating capacity is increased to seven with an available third row. The front seats offer a multitude of adjustments for finding an agreeable position. All rows offer plenty of space, and even adult passengers should find plenty of third-row legroom. Models with a third row of seats are available with a power-sliding and reclining second row that moves fore and aft more than 6 inches.

The Discovery's cabin is elegant and full of top-notch finishes. Trim accents include aluminum, real oak, gloss black, and a titanium mesh that resembles carbon fiber. The leather upholstery is soft and supple, further enhancing passenger comfort.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Windsor leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated first- and second-row seats
  • Ventilated first- and second-row seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote rear-seat folding
  • Power-sliding and reclining rear seats
  • Heated third-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Land Rover Discovery?

The 2019 Discovery has up to four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for its rear seats. The LATCH anchors are easy to find and utilize.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Features

The Discovery's InControl touch-screen infotainment system has sharp, cool graphics and an easy-to-understand menu structure. It also responds quickly to your touches. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay were introduced to the Discovery for 2019, giving you an alternate, yet familiar, way to interact with the interface.

Physical controls on the dashboard are mostly limited to large, distinct knobs for climate adjustments. The steering wheel has several touch-capacitive buttons for common functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker stereo, voice recognition, multiple USB ports, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker Meridian stereo, a 14-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, two second-row USB ports, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, a panoramic roof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, quad-zone climate control, a dual-pane sunroof, the Activity Key, and cabin air ionization

See 2019 Land Rover Discovery specs »

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Cargo Space

The 2019 Discovery has more cargo space than nearly all other luxury midsize SUVs. There's 41.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row and a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Not only is the Discovery very spacious for its class, it also has more cargo space than any other Land Rover or Range Rover model.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,901 to 5,066 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,592 to 6,989 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Built?

Land Rover built the 2019 Discovery in Slovakia.

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