SUV fans will love the penthouse view of the road you get from the Discovery’s comfortable driving seat, which feels significantly higher than its rivals. And it’s easy to set everything up just how you want it, especially in SE models and above because you get standard 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, including adjustable lumbar support. There’s lots of up-and-down and in-and-out movement on the steering wheel, whichever trim you choose; you have to make adjustments manually on S and SE trim, whereas range-topping HSE and HSE Luxury models have a powered steering column adjustment.
The Discovery’s dashboard is also very user-friendly, thanks to clear dials and chunky buttons designed for you to use even while wearing gloves.
Land Rover Discovery visibility
Lots of glass and a lofty driving position combine to give you a great view out in all directions. Forward visibility is particularly good, so it’s surprisingly easy to thread the Discovery along narrow urban streets or between tight hedgerows.
The Discovery is a long car, so seeing out of the back isn’t quite so easy. However, going for HSE trim gets you a rear-view camera to help see where you’re reversing, while range-topping HSE Luxury models have a surround-view camera, giving you a bird’s eye view of the car. These things are optional on cheaper versions, while all but entry-level S models have both front and rear parking sensors.
If you plan to use your Discovery to tow, it’s worth considering the optional tow assist system. This enables the driver to guide a trailer into position by simply following its trajectory on the main touchscreen, and controlling its path using a rotary knob between the front seats.
Land Rover Discovery infotainment
All trims have a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and a DAB radio. The size of the screen grows from 8.0in to 10in when you step up from SE to HSE trim, the point at which sat-nav, a wifi hotspot and a more powerful 380-watt stereo also become standard.
The standard system with the 8.0in screen is a bit dim-witted, and even though the upgraded system (called InControl Touch Pro) is better, it can still make you wait while it processes commands. Being a touchscreen-based system, its icons can be tricky to hit without diverting your gaze from the road for longer than you should. That’s one reason why we favour the BMW X5’s iDrive and Audi's Q7’s MMI infotainment systems, both of which have a less distracting rotary dial interface.
Other options on the Discovery include a dual-view screen (the front passenger can watch TV while the driver follows sat-nav instructions), plus rear screens on the front seatbacks to keep the kids amused.
Land Rover Discovery build quality
The Discovery’s interior is suitably upmarket. Okay, there are a few more hard plastics and rough edges than you’ll find in an Audi Q7, but you’ll have to hunt for them because the areas your hands regularly come into contact with feel solid and look effortlessly classy.
Likewise, the dashboard buttons and electric windows switches don’t operate with quite the slick precision they do in the rival Q7, but they feel anything but low-rent.