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2019 Land Rover Discovery Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.9

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is adept in just about every driving situation. It cruises easily along on the highway, offering both brisk acceleration and a relaxing ride. The Discovery also feels composed on winding roads. In an off-road setting, this vehicle can traverse terrain that most other luxury SUVs couldn’t handle.

  • "Luxurious on-road performance usually means compromised off-road capabilities, but not this time. In fact, we'd argue that the new crossover is even better off road than on -- that's a distinguished accolade." -- Autotrader
  • "It's no chore to amble up a crooked pass, to roll up its pants and wade through the mud – and presumably effortless to crowd half of a soccer team inside and cross the 'burbs to the field." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "Land Rover says the Discovery is as quiet and smooth as a Range Rover and we don't doubt it. It really is whisper quiet at, ahem, legal-plus speeds." -- Autoweek (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Land Rover offers two engines in the Discovery. The first is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower. The other is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that produces 254 horsepower. Each engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The gas-powered engine delivers swift acceleration, while the diesel engine has more torque for that endows it with better off-road capabilities. Whichever you choose, you’ll have plenty of power for everyday driving situations.

The gas engine gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That’s one of the lowest ratings among luxury midsize SUVs. The turbodiesel gets one of the best ratings, at 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

  • "The gasoline-engine Discovery feels swift, but we like the extra grunt and efficiency of the diesel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Both V6s felt smooth and refined and plenty powerful, though the diesel gets a slight nod thanks to its torquie off-road abilities." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "… the blown gas V6 might move the Discovery around effortlessly, but the charismatically torquey turbodiesel V6 is the one that wins you over. Its raw numbers … don't convey it, but the engine is a sweetheart. At a roughly $2,000 premium, the quiet-idling diesel is a worthwhile upgrade." -- Autoblog (2017)

Ride, Handling, and Off-Roading

The 2019 Discovery is comfortable on the road. It handles turns well for its size, and its suspension system provides a relaxing ride with minimal disruption from coarse roads. Standard four-wheel drive, hill-descent control, and a Terrain Response system also position this vehicle as an adventure-ready SUV. Sand, mud, rocks – none of them are any obstacle for this vehicle. Even more off-roading equipment is available, such as an upgraded air suspension, a two-speed transfer case, and the Terrain Response 2 system.

  • "We drove the Land Rover Discovery over rocks so large that we shook our head in disbelief; we climbed over sand dunes that were several stories tall without slowing; and we traversed long, dusty roads while pampered inside its luxurious cabin. The Land Rover never bottomed out, never got stuck and never allowed any natural impediment to stop its forward progress -- and, most impressively, it accomplished every task on stock all-season tires." -- Autotrader
  • "The Discovery's on-road manners are everything you'd expect from a Land Rover, and the same can be said of its off-road abilities. Be it loose sand, sloppy mud or deep snow, the Discovery's Automatic Terrain Response fears no obstacle. Want more control? A number of user-selectable settings and an available low-range allow the driver to push the Discovery to its limits." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The ride quality in all situations is composed – there's not much head-tossing side-to-side movement, washboard gyrations are well damped, and it doesn't wallow on-road. The suspension and seats easily provide a few hours' worth of comfort before you need to stop for a tea break." -- Autoblog (2017)

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