Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Land Rover Discovery interior

  • Land Rover that's not far off Range Rover luxury
  • Infotainment system simple and logical to use
  • Electrically-folding seats are a nice touch

How is the quality and layout?

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...

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.

Infotainment and tech

The Discovery gets a version of the Defender's Pivi Pro infotainment system, and it's brilliant. The 11.4-inch curved touchscreen takes pride of place in the centre console, and is both quick and easy to use as well as being good to look at. It features voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch panel for the electronic instruments, which is available with a head-up display. Other driver aids such as self-parking, adaptive cruise control and ClearSight Rear View are available, taking the strain out of owning such a large car.

The new set-up permanently banishes memories of the old laggy and dated system, and puts the Discovery near the top of the class for the user friendliness of its infotainment and tech, with only the BMW X7 outclassing it.

Land Rover Discovery (2021) infotainment screen

Comfort

  • Great ride comfort at speed
  • Rough roads are shrugged off with ease
  • Rear-seat room impressive

As expected, the Discovery is a supremely comfortable car. It features a 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, beating all rivals barring the Audi Q7. 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.