It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, you’ll have head room to spare in the front of the Discovery, which broadly speaking is the case in the vast majority of luxury SUVs. Yet if you are really tall – we’re talking well over six feet here – you may notice that the Discovery’s seat doesn’t slide back quite as far as it does in rivals, such as the XC90 and Q7. The Discovery does have one of the widest interiors in the class, though, so you'll have plenty of room between you and your passenger.
Where the Discovery whips its rivals is on stowage space: you can fit a 1.0-litre bottle in each front door pocket, and up to four iPads in a deep pocket between the front seats. Another ingenious use of space is the secret stowage compartment in the middle of the dashboard. You simply push a button and the air-con control panel folds down to reveal a space big enough for a couple of wallets or mobile phones. And there are two gloveboxes.
Land Rover Discovery rear space
Sitting in the second row of seats you'll find loads of head room, while the sheer width of the Discovery makes sitting three abreast pretty comfortable for all concerned, especially since there’s no central tunnel in the middle of the floor to rob foot space. But leg room isn’t quite as good as in rivals, such as the XC90 or Q7.
Compared with the competition, those sitting in the third row will be happier, though; even two tall adults will be quite comfortable back there thanks to considerably more space all round than an Audi Q7, BMW X5 or Volvo XC90 has to offer.
Each door bin on the second row can hold a 0.5-litre bottle of water, and there are even small stowage areas for passengers on the third row. Meanwhile, all but entry-level S models have two cupholders in the second row central armrest.
Land Rover Discovery seating flexibility
Perhaps most impressive are the five ‘intelligent’ rear seats that come on high-end versions. These be raised and lowered electrically, either by pushing buttons in the boot or via the touchscreen on the dashboard. You can even do it remotely by downloading a special Land Rover app on your phone, and the seats take just 14 seconds to fold down.
And if you’re worried that electric folding seats and young kids won’t be a good combination, Land Rover has thought of that, too: all five rear seats have weight sensors to stop them moving if someone’s sitting on them.
As you’d expect, the second row seats slide and recline on all versions of the Discovery and the third row seats fold away into the boot floor – you just have to do the job manually on the cheaper trim levels. The only minor disappointment is that the second row seats split 60/40, rather than the more convenient 40:20:40 arrangement offered in some rivals.
Land Rover Discovery boot space
Boot space obviously depends on how many passengers you’re carrying, but whichever of the 21 different seating configurations you’ve chosen, the Discovery has some room leftover for luggage. In five-seat mode, there’s more than enough space for a camping holiday for four, but with all seven seats in use there’s room only for a few of small shopping bags; both the Q7 and XC90 leave you with a fair chunk more space to play with.
There’s no split tailgate like there was on the previous Discovery (’04-’17), but you needn’t mourn its passing because part of the boot floor now folds out, overhanging the rear bumper and presenting you with a handy perch for taking off your wellies.
All versions of the Discovery have a powered tailgate, which becomes gesture operated (if your hands are full simply wave your foot under the rear bumper to open it) when you step up from SE to HSE trim.