The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is more car-like, but more off-roadable than ever before in this, its fifth-generation guise. According to the brand, it’s more adept at dealing with the school run, but also more hardcore than previously imagined.
So, at a glance at least, it appears as though Land Rover has achieved the impossible with this new family SUV, one that it boldly claimed is the “best family SUV in the world” when unveiling the thing back in 2016. But has it? And at what cost?
Well, it’s a high cost for this HSE Luxury version with the up-spec TD6 drivetrain: this is the most expensive Discovery you can get outside of the Launch Edition model, at $117,461 plus on-road costs—and that’s before you add any options, and our car has plenty of those. The as-tested price for it is a sizeable $141,606 plus on-roads.
We’ll get to the notable options and a run-down of the standard inclusions in a little bit. But first, let me tell you, the big changes to this new-generation Discovery haven’t been at the cost of off-road capability, that’s for damned sure.