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The all-new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery has been awarded the top-level five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP – one star better than the outgoing L319 Discovery model.

The seven-seat Discovery was only recently launched to the international press in Utah in the United States, where it won praise for its combination of Range Rover-style luxury and proper off-road ability.

It’s also extremely well equipped, especially when it comes to safety kit, with features including Pedestrian Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which can automatically apply full emergency braking when it detects a collision risk with a pedestrian in the road ahead. The advanced technology was awarded a maximum six marks by Euro NCAP’s testers.

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As a full-size seven-seat SUV, the latest Discovery also ups the ante in the segment by providing four ISOFIX mounting points between the second and third-row seats.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Discovery has always been a much-loved member of the family and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology. Safety and capability have been at the core of the Discovery DNA – they are fundamental priorities and key motivators for our engineering.

“We have a history of introducing new safety technologies, such as Anti-Lock Brakes fitted to an SUV for the first time in 1989, so it’s only right New Discovery continues to lead the way with new safety-focused technologies that meet and exceed global safety standards, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Our priority is to protect both the occupants of our cars and other road users, providing peace of mind for our customers.”

The European safety body tested a Discovery 2.0-litre diesel HSE in right-hand drive, and achieved commendable scores across the board.

In the Adult Occupant category, it scored 90 per cent, while the Child Occupant score was 80 per cent. Pedestrian safety also fared well, with a score of 75 per cent, and 73 per cent for Safety Assist.

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As well as its top-level crash protection, the new Discovery also gets a forward-facing stereo camera next to the rear-view mirror, underpinning Land Rover’s AEB technology. The system, which operates at speeds ranging from 5km/h to 80km/h, calculates the distance of objects ahead and applies full emergency braking to avoid or mitigate an impact if it detects a collision risk.

Higher-spec models also boast Adaptive Cruise Control also feature Advanced Emergency Brake Assist, which uses the forward-facing radar to detect vehicles moving in the same direction. If a car ahead brakes suddenly, the driver is alerted and the system will automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to react.

Buyers can also option additional safety kit such as Advanced LED headlamps, designed to apportion the light beam in such a way as to not dazzle oncoming drivers. There’s also a driver monitoring system that measures changes in steering, brake and accelerator inputs and alerts the driver if it detects tiredness.

There’s also a 360-degree surround camera available that can warn drivers of unseen cars at intersections and during low-speed maneuvers, as well as lane keep assist and a park assist feature.

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The all-new Land Rover Discovery is expected to be available in Australia in July.

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