The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
SUV fans will love the Land Rover Discovery's lofty driving position. It feels significantly higher than most of its rivals' and it’s easy to set everything up the way you want it because 14-way electrical seat adjustment comes as standard on all models.
Whichever trim you choose, there is lots of up-and-down and in-and-out movement on the steering wheel. You have to make adjustments manually on S and R-Dynamic S trims, but R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE models have electric steering wheel adjustment.
The Discovery’s dashboard is user-friendly, with clear dials and chunky buttons which are designed to be used even when you are wearing gloves. All trims get a configurable digital display that is clear and can show lots of information, but it isn’t quite as good as Audi's Virtual Cockpit equivalent.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
You get a great view in all direction out of the Land Rover Discovery because of the large windows and lofty driving position. Forward visibility is particularly good, making it surprisingly easy to thread the Discovery along narrow urban streets or between tight hedgerows.
To help with night visibility, all models get LED headlights as standard. These are upgraded with automatic main beam and automatic levelling on R-Dynamic SE. Jump up to R-Dynamic HSE and they’re able operate on main beam without dazzling oncoming cars, improving visibility further.
The Discovery is a long car, so seeing out of the back is not quite so easy. Thankfully, all models have front and rear parking sensors plus a surround-view camera that gives you a 360deg bird’s eye view of the car.
Sat nav and infotainment
In all trims, the Land Rover Discovery is fitted with an 11.4in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a DAB radio. When you step up from S to R-Dynamic SE trim, you gain a 400w Meridian stereo with R-Dynamic HSE upping this to 700w.
The touchscreen display looks sharp and is responsive, with menus that are easy to fathom, but the icons are sometimes tricky to hit without diverting your gaze from the road for longer than you should. That is one reason we favour the BMW X5’s iDrive system, which is controlled with a less distracting dial.
The Land Rover Discovery’s interior feels reasonably upmarket. There are a few more hard plastics and rough edges than you’ll find in a BMW X5 or an Audi Q7, but the areas your hands regularly come into contact with feel solid and look effortlessly classy.
Likewise, the dashboard buttons and electric window switches do not operate with quite the slick precision that they do in the best German rivals, although they stop short of feeling low-rent.
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