Re-introduced last year as redesigned and replacing the LR4, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery has an interesting combination of off-road capabilities and luxury. Only a few vehicles can match this mix, and even fewer can do it as well as Discovery. It spoils passengers with high-quality cabins, sleek styles and passes dirt or over rocky terrain with ease thanks to its four-wheel drive system.
For large vehicles like the 2018 Land Rover Discovery, it’s drive and handling very well, having a tremendous boost, and delivering a very respectable maximum tow rating at 8,000 pounds. Comfortable, quiet and has a ruling presence on the street but is nimble enough to navigate the busy city streets.
Not one attribute that makes the 2018 Land Rover Discovery stand out in the crowd, but a combination of all the desirable features wrapped up in one exciting and modern package.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a midsize luxury SUV available in three trim levels: SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. The SE trim comes standard with five-passenger. The available third-row seats increasing passenger capacity to seven.
Standard equipment for the SE includes 19-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, a fixed panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery and 40/20/40-split reclining, sliding and folding rear seats.
Technology features include forward collision mitigation with emergency braking, a rearview camera, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10-inch touchscreen with Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, navigation, the InControl remote smartphone app and a 10-speaker audio system with USB input.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery HSE adds 20-inch wheels, front parking sensors, LED headlights, upgraded taillights, a powered inner tailgate, a power-sliding front sunroof, wood interior trim, tri-zone climate control, additional interior storage features, driver-seat memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a digital driver display, second-row seats USB port, an upgraded Meridian audio system with HD and satellite radio.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury adds third-row seats, a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing, an air suspension, a heated steering wheel, heated front and second-row seats, upgraded power front seats with winged headrests, power-sliding and reclining second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, premium leather upholstery, configurable ambient interior lighting, additional leather trim and a 14-speaker Meridian premium surround-sound system.
Many features on higher-trim are available on supporting trims with additional cost. Options for the HSE and HSE Lux is the Vision Assist package, which adds LED running lights, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and a surround-view camera system. The Drive package adds a drowsy driver warning system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a traffic sign reader and a speed limiter. The Drive Pro package includes the Drive package features along with adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention and reverses traffic detection.
Other option for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery include 21 or 22-inch wheels, automated parking system, a heated windshield, roof rails, an advanced towing system with reverse trailer steering, an a trailer hitch with electrical connections, a waterproof activity key bracelet, massaging front seats, a head-up display, four-zone climate control and a cooler box in the front center console.
With less weight, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery feels quicker and nimbler than its predecessor. The Discovery comes standard with the same engine that powered the outgoing LR4, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Like the outgoing model, this engine remains paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive.
With the supercharged gasoline engine, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. This engine is also very smooth, refined and quiet. It’s an easy enough to recommend, and with fuel economy ratings at 18 mpg city (16 city/21 highway), is even a couple of digits better than in the outgoing model.
The optional powertrain for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine. It produces output 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. In performance testing, the Discovery diesel accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. It a little bit slower but a significantly more grunt for climbing, towing and general SUV-like uses. It’s also more fuel efficient, with EPA fuel economy at 23 mpg combine (21 city/26 highway).
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the Land Rover Discovery SE starts at $52,090, the SE Diesel starts at $54,090. The HSE trim carries a price tag of $58,490 and the HSE Diesel costs $60,490. The HSE Luxury trim starts at $65,490 and the diesel starts at $67,490.