- Land Rover that's not far off Range Rover luxury
- Infotainment system simple and logical to use
- Electrically-folding seats are a nice touch
The Discovery is huge inside, and compared with the old one, more space has been freed up around the cabin. That's down to the longer wheelbase – additional length between the front and rear wheels – and more efficient use of space. As well as more room for the rear-most pair of rows, there's additional benefit to the driver, too.
Up front, there is plenty of space from the lofty seating position, although the seats are relatively low set in relation to the side windows to increase headroom. Head and legroom is comfortable for those up to six feet in height at least.
The driver (and family) isn't short of space, and Land Rover claims there's 45 litres of storage room alone up front. This includes a deep centre console and a hidden area behind the ventilation controls. Compared with earlier Discoverys, this one's infotainment and media system is simpler to use and more responsive than before.
Material quality is about on a par for what you'd expect for the money. There’s plenty of leather and most of the cabin plastics feel decent, and although an Audi Q7 feels more tightly built with fractionally better plastics, the Discovery’s layout is easier on the eye. The best quality materials are kept higher up on the doors – good for those who are likely to get in and out with muddy boots...
- Great ride comfort at speed
- Rough roads are shrugged off with ease
- Rear-seat room much improved over old model
As expected, the Discovery is a supremely comfortable car. It switches to a more sophisticated suspension set up shared with the Range Rover, which means double wishbones at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear.
The upshot is that on all roads, ride quality is superb. Riding on air suspension it is clearly tuned for ride comfort over handling, even if it also gains a quicker-acting steering rack taken from the Range Rover Sport.
Most road disturbances are dealt with easily, with only smaller, sharper bumps registering any discomfort in the cabin. Noise levels are good if not the best in class, while seat comfort is excellent. The Discovery is easy to place on the road and feels stable, even dealing with more enthusiastic driving in relative comfort.