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Land Rover Discovery Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & News

The Land Rover Discovery has gained a strong following since its Australian launch in 1991 among 4WD fans, and with good reason.

All offer genuine off-road abilities, with the original and its 1998 successor derived from the first Range Rover (1970); the go-anywhere Discovery 3 of 2004 was developed under Ford ownership, as was the '4' facelift. Yet, the '5' – the first under Tata control – launched in 2017 ditched the ladder-frame chassis for a monocoque body, ushering in better on-road manners and a more luxurious and spacious interior, while maintaining superb 4x4 prowess. Petrol and diesels are available across the line, along with the excellent 'Terrain Response' off-roading system. Since 2020, in-line six-cylinder engines have replaced the four-cylinder units, further pushing Discovery upmarket. The base model starts from $105,975, rising to $126,570 for the most expensive version. Fun fact: the latest Defender is loosely based on and built alongside it in Slovakia.

Land Rover Discovery Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Land Rover Discovery varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $105,975 and going to $126,570 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $105,975 $126,570
2021 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $85,000 $134,090
2020 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $58,400 $127,820
2019 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $55,200 $123,310
2018 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $49,000 $116,490
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Land Rover Discovery Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Land Rover Discovery here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What car should I get to tow a 22-foot caravan around Australia?

    I wouldn’t be concerned about the cylinder configuration of a particular engine. What’s more important is how much power and torque that engine makes, and how towing-friendly that power delivery is. By which we mean how smooth and flexible is the delivery. What you don’t want is a peaky engine that needs to be revved before it delivers the good as that puts a strain on everything and make the vehicle tricky and unpleasant to drive.

    The good news is that all the vehicles you’ve nominated have good, solid powerplants that are well suited to towing a caravan. Modern turbo-diesels – especially with an automatic transmission – are ideal for this task.

    What you should go for, however, is the vehicle with the highest towing rating. In this case, that’s any of the Grand Cherokee, MU-X or older Discovery, all of which have variants that can handle a towed load of 3.5 tonnes. The Everest is almost as good with 3.1 tonne, but only almost. The problem is that the van you’ve nominated can easily weigh between 2.2 and 2.8 tonnes which, with a 3.1-tonne limit, leaves you very little headroom for water tanks and camping gear. You’d be amazed at how much a fully loaded caravan weighs, so don’t rely on the brochure, load the van and take it to a weighbridge to make sure the vehicle you have can legally tow it.

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  • Land Rover Discovery 5 - Why do they just call it Discovery?

    Land Rover still refers to the third-generation, L462-series model as the Discovery 5, but the number was dropped in some markets to distance it from the L319-series LR3 and LR4, which were the North American names for the Ford-era Discovery 3 (2003) and Discovery 4 (2009) respectively.

    Though not officially confirmed, it is believed that the name change in both instances was due to the poor reliability reputation that the earlier models gained. The same fate befell the Freelander badge, when its successor became known as the much-more-chic Evoque.

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  • Land Rover Discovery 1 - Is the first Discovery becoming a classic?

    Indeed it will so get in quick.

    With its mix of classic Range Rover and a Rover Group parts-bin bits, Morris Marina door handles, Austin Montego van tail-lights and Buick’s ancient alloy V8 all part of the mix, this thing is pre-BMW/post-BMC era British engineering genius.

    Also, the original Disco is cool, with its lovely two-door wagon body, stepped roof with skylights and airy, inviting cabin offering minimalist, attractive design. And please don't forget the Land Rover's formidable 4x4 capabilities.

    All-in-all, a '90s classic worth collecting. Land Rover doesn't make 'em like this any more.

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  • Should I sell my 2005 Land Rover Discovery?

    Land Rovers of this era seem to have a few more reliability problems than other off-road vehicles from other makers. That said, they’re more complicated to start with, so that explains some of that phenomenon.

    As you’ve correctly identified, Karen, a vehicle’s ability to keep on keeping on is down to far more factors than simply the age of the engine. These are big, heavy, complex machines and they suffer wear in many areas including the driveline, suspension, brakes and general body condition.

    Parts for things like air suspension can be expensive, but it’s worth keeping in mind that no off-road four-wheel-drive is cheap to maintain. It comes down to how much you like the car and whether you can justify the on-costs. If you do decide to keep the old girl, finding a specialist Land Rover workshop can often save you money as these businesses specialise in the brand and know all the common problems and the servicing tricks to keep your spend down.

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Land Rover Discovery Seats

The following Land Rover Discovery comes in both five and seven seat options. All variants are available with both seating configurations. Ebony cloth seats are the only seats available on the Discovery S variant. The Landmark variant has the choice of either Ebony cloth or grained leather seats. Grained leather seats are also available on the Discovery SE variant, with the choice of Ebony or Acorn. The HSE and HSE Luxury variants have the option of Ebony, Acorn or Light Oyster grained leather or Ebony, Light Tan or Light Oyster Windsor leather.

Land Rover Discovery Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Land Rover Discovery 2019.

Land Rover Discovery Colours

  • Narvik Black
  • Fuji White
  • Santorini Black
  • Indus Silver
  • Byron Blue
  • Yulong White
  • Eiger Grey
  • Portofino Blue
  • Namib Orange
  • Farallon Pearl Black
  • Carpathian Grey
  • Silicon Silver
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Land Rover Discovery 2019.

Land Rover Discovery Towing Capacity

The Land Rover Discovery has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2021 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2020 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2019 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2018 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
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Land Rover Discovery Dimensions

The dimensions of the Land Rover Discovery SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1888x2073x4956 mm 207 mm
2021 SUV 1888x2073x4970 mm 220 mm
2020 SUV 1888x2073x4970 mm 220 mm
2019 SUV 1888x2073x4970 mm 220 mm
2018 SUV 1888x2073x4970 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Land Rover Discovery Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Interior

The Discovery's interior gives much more expensive Range Rover models a run for their money, with these images showing a rugged but classy dashboard and all bar the base version coming fitted with leather trim and seven seats.

Shown above are interior details for the Land Rover Discovery 2018.

Land Rover Discovery Wheel Size

The Land Rover Discovery has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x60 R20 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 235x60 R20 235x60 R20
2021 SUV 235x55 R19 235x55 R19
2020 SUV 235x55 R19 19x8 inches 235x55 R19 19x8 inches
2019 SUV 235x55 R19 19x8 inches 235x55 R19 19x8 inches
2018 SUV 235x55 R19 19x8 inches 235x55 R19 19x8 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Land Rover Discovery Wheel Sizes

Land Rover Discovery Boot Space

The Land Rover Discovery SUV has a boot space size of 258 Litres.
Land Rover Discovery Boot space Land Rover Discovery Boot space
Shown above are boot space details for the Land Rover Discovery 2020.

Land Rover Discovery Fuel Consumption

The Land Rover Discovery is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.5L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 7.5L/100km 3.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 6.2L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
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