Long-term Review

Living with a... Land Rover Discovery

Erin Baker and her family spent six months with Land Rover's big family SUV. Here's how they got on.

Words by: First published: 22nd March 2018
I've had this Land Rover Discovery for six months now; you won't see previous reports on it here as most of my ownership of the car predates my time at AutoTrader. My partner and I have four boys between us, so a seven-seater is (unfortunately, for me as a petrolhead) a prerequisite. We've had a Volvo XC90, Ford S-Max, Hyundai Santa Fe and now this Discovery.

In terms of looks, it's not to everyone's taste - Land Rover's latest version of this SUV has lost its boxy appearance and its split tailgate at the rear, although when you open up the massive boot, a flap still folds out to sit on, so in reality it's lost none of its practicality.

Inside, however, we really can't fault it. The black leather and dark wood is great for hiding stains caused by family use. The two seats in the third row are proper seats with proper seatbelts, leg room and their own storage areas, and there's enough boot space with them up for four bags of supermarket shopping.

We've also had roof rails and a top box for six months because we went to Cornwall with all four boys which necessitated more space for their balls, kites, bats, wetsuits, fishing nets....
On the road, the Discovery is the best of the seven-seaters I've had so far, in terms of overall package. That 2.0-litre engine is fine for everyday family driving and saves you some fuel over the 3.0-litre V6 version. The long, square bonnet stretches out in front of you, a reminder of this car's rugged origins. If it's rapid cornering and fierce acceleration you're after, choose another car, because the Discovery forces you to relax on the road, which is no bad thing if you're naturally a speed demon.

We're probably one of the few families that has taken our Discovery properly off-roading, and it's extraordinary to see its capabilities in the mud then drive it home.

The kids love it: there are USB ports for all seats so each boy can plug in his screen. We adults love the graphics on the touchscreen for sat-nav, music, temperature and more, although the electronics have been somewhat temperamental, with the screen freezing, or not showing the reversing camera.

We're going to miss the Discovery. We're swapping it for a Discovery Sport with seven seats. I already know that while we'll miss the extra space inside, we'll welcome the smaller size when it comes to parking on our road.
Model: Land Rover Discovery SD4 HSE
Price as tested: £60,980
Engine/gearbox: 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 horsepower
Torque: 500Nm
Top speed: 121mph
0-60mph: 8.0 seconds
Economy: 43.5mpg
CO2/BIK tax liability: 189g/km 37%
Boot space (seats up/seats down): 248/2406 litres
Total mileage: 4,257

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