Revealed at the Paris Motor Show late in 2016, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 is due to hit in February this year. We have a round-up for you of some of the early prototype reviews, giving you an idea of what to expect when the new Discovery lands.
- Model: Land Rover Discovery TD6 HSE Luxury
- Price: £64,195
- Engine: 3.0-litre V6 diesel
- Power/torque: 255bhp/600Nm
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with dual range function, 4WD
- 0-60mph: 7.7 seconds
- Top speed: 130mph
- Economy/CO2: 39.2mpg/189g/km
- On sale: February 2017
In December 2016 a number of key car magazines and websites were given the opportunity to perform an off-road test drive in a Discovery 5 prototype. Check out some of the verdicts below...
James Disdale from Auto Express had the following to say...
Before you even set foot in the Discovery, it’s clear the newcomer has been pushed even further upmarket. The car is much sleeker than its boxy predecessor, with lots of design cues taken from the smaller Discovery Sport. There are also plenty of familiar design flourishes, such as the distinctive stepped roof and offset rear number plate layout.
Neil Winn from WhatCar? praised the new driver aids and seating configuration...
[...] What we can confirm is that the new Land Rover Discovery has lost none of its off-roading prowess. The plethora of new driver aids makes off-road driving less challenging for inexperienced drivers, and the well-appointed and versatile interior takes the stress out of long stints behind the wheel. Factor in a clever seating configuration, a huge boot and a new infotainment system, and the new Discovery looks like it could become one of the best luxury SUVs available.
Ben Miller from Car Magazine worries about the design, but feels that the off-road drive is 'unstoppable'...
We, too, worry it might have strayed too close to its Range Rover Sport brethren - in design, in feel, in execution - and yet the market continues to lap up these cars in droves. Our prediction? The world will mourn the old Discovery's design - but will love the new-found style, gadgetry and dynamics offered by the replacement. The Disco beat goes on, just remixed for 2017.
Only time will tell how the Discovery 5 will perform on the road, but from the early reviews, it seems that it is perfectly capable of doing the business off-road. Spacious design and increased ride comfort means the new Discovery will be as good for school runs as it will be for off-roading.
With some great deals and finance options announced by Land Rover as well, this could be the most affordable Land Rover to date.
Land Rover haven’t held back with refreshing the look and feel of the Discovery, it’s a marked departure from the D4. Some may question the close 'family' resemblance to other models in the LR range. But it is different enough to attract a new audience as well as those looking to move on from their D4 to something familiar in concept but different in execution.
It will certainly sell, and is probably worthy of carrying forward a brand which has now got almost 30 years of heritage behind it.
This is Peter from First Four testing one of the first 200 Tdi models for a magazine back 1989!