Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Land Rover Discovery (2021) front view, driving

  • Two petrols, two diesels offered
  • Three out of four are mild hybrids
  • No plug-in options… yet

What engine options are there?

Since its 2021 facelift, the Discovery’s engine line-up has been nice and simple, with a line-up that looks like this D250, D300, P300 and P360. The former two are six-cylinder diesels, while the P300 is a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol.

The P360 is a new unit – a six-cylinder mild hybrid that sets out to significantly improve the efficiency of the range-topping Discovery over what came before.

Petrol engines

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
P300 300hp, 400Nm 7.3secs 125mph
P360 360hp, 500Nm 6.5secs 130mph

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The P300 is relatively refined for a four-cylinder mounted in a car of this size, and needless to say with this much power, and a good slug of mid-range pulling power, it’s more than lively enough to keep up with the flow. It’s fair to say that you have to work hard at getting those impressive acceleration figures, and the relatively high-revving engine doesn’t really suit the nature of the Discovery, especially for drivers who have moved away from diesels.

Having said that, it cruises well on the motorway, and isn’t troubled by steep inclines or the need to accelerate past slower-moving vehicles. Sometimes the transmission can struggle to keep up with a distinct laziness when changing down – but driven in a more relaxed manner, it’s hard to pick fault with the Discovery P300.

Like the smaller P300, the P360 needs to be worked fairly hard to generate its power. It’s certainly brisk when stoked up, but we found the greater low-end punch of the diesels to suit this hefty SUV far better.

Diesel engines

Engine Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
D250 250hp, 500Nm 7.6secs 120mph
D300 300hp, 550Nm 6.5secs 130mph

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For many, this is still the natural engine choice for a Discovery and it’s easy to see why. With all that power and torque on tap, it makes little effort of moving along at a reasonable pace despite its 2.1-tonne kerbweight.

The D250 isn’t far behind the D300 in real terms and reckon that it is powerful enough for most owners – it gets up to speed effortlessly, when pushed, and unlike the petrol, doesn’t feel like it’s working particularly hard. The D250 is the best all-rounder for most drivers, with the transmission doing an excellent job of keeping its poweful motor spinning at optimum revs.

Still, there’s no doubting the D300 feels significantly stronger than the D250, making it the natural choice for those looking to tow or just get to their destination that little bit faster.

Land Rover Discovery (2021) rear view, driving

Handling

  • The Discovery is biased for comfort, so it rolls in bends
  • Slow steering best suited to leisurely driving
  • Once you’re used to it, the Disco handles really well

On air suspension and with the six-cylinder up front, the Discovery steers with an assured sharpness although you’re aware of all the mass that the suspension is having to deal with.

The comfort bias is entirely appropriate for a car that is likely to be to be used for carrying people and their luggage instead of storming down B-roads. However, if you should try and hurry it along it will do so, if a little reluctantly.

It seems obvious to say it, but Discovery is less engaging and capable than the Range Rover Sport, but less yacht-like than the Range Rover. Which is what you’d expect given the Discovery’s position in Land Rover’s line-up. Pay your money and take your choice…

Land Rover Discovery rear seats