The Land Rover Discovery is one of few cars that can truly claim to be all things to all men. It’s a go-anywhere off-roader, capable of tackling terrain that would leave most of its SUV rivals floundering, yet it’s equally at home playing the comfortable family car which, in reality, is what most buyers will use it for.
Unlike many of its rivals, including the BMW X5 and the pricier Range Rover Sport, the Discovery is a proper seven-seater; the third row of seats offers enough head room for adults, not just small kids, even if the seats are quite heavy and difficult to erect and stow away again.
In many ways the Discovery is a big, heavy and rather old-school SUV, so don’t expect the sort of agile handling you’d get from a Range Rover Sport or even a Volvo XC90. On the plus side, ride comfort is good and the diesel engine, while no benchmark for refinement, isn’t too rowdy.
There's just one engine in the Discovery line-up, so you only need to worry about choosing a trim level and any options. We think SE Tech trim makes the most sense, although many buyers will understandably choose HSE for the extra creature comforts it brings.
If you want to learn how to make the most of your Discovery, you can enroll on one of the company's Experience Days. These involve on- and off-road tuition at one of eight centres throughout the UK.