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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

There are currently four trim levels on offer for the Land Rover Discovery, covering GS, XS, HSE and HSE Luxury. All Discoverys since 2011 are fitted with the same 252bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine and an eight-speed gearbox.There is also a Commercial version that uses a detuned version of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

There are also special editions: the Metroplis, the Landmark and the XXV. The Metroplis version was launched with the Discovery 3 and was an HSE spec with added extras such as roof mounted DVD players for rear passengers.

The Landmark limited edition was available on the Discovery 4 in either black or white with either ebony or ivory leather interior inside.

The 2014 XXV Special Edition celebrates 25 years of the Discovery and is based on the HSE Luxury version and also includes a unique interior colour scheme, 20-inch alloys, 'XXV' logos and contrasting black grille surrounds and mirror caps.

Land Rover Discovery equipment

The entry-point Land Rover Discovery GS comes equipped with seven seats as standard and air suspension all-round. The air suspension works with the Terrain Response system that allows the driver to select from a variety of different off-road driving modes to make the most of the Land Rover’s superb ability in testing conditions. Also standard for the Disco 4 GS is climate control, electric windows all round, rear parking sensors, ESP, Bluetooth, central locking, alloy wheels, CD stereo, and six airbags.

The XS builds on this specification with leather seats for all seven chairs, a satellite navigation system that is worked through the same touchscreen as the controls for the stereo and hands-free mobile phone connection. The XS also comes with cruise control fitted.

For the HSE, Discovery customers enjoy Windsor leather seat trim, black lacquer veneers for the interior trim inserts, three-panel panoramic glass sunroof, and a Harmon Kardon stereo. There is also a reversing camera, mood lighting for the cabin at night, and Timed Climate control to pre-heat or cool the cabin before setting off on a journey.

The HSE Luxury Special Edition takes this a stage further with 20-inch alloy wheels, Santorini Black metallic paint, roof rails finished in silver paint, Surround Sound Audio System, Rear Screen Entertainment pack, contrasting stitching on the leather seats, carpet mats, rear privacy glass, heated steering wheel and a cool box in the front centre console.

Land Rover Discovery accessories

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most easily accessorised cars in production thanks to the huge amount of options available. Popular choices include different alloy wheels in 20-inch sizes, mud flaps to keep muck at bay, and Land Rover’s Snow Traction system that takes the hassle out of fitting snow chains and gives better grip in icy conditions.

Side steps, lamp guards, spot lights, daytime running lights, front protection bar, boot protector and raised air intake for more deep water ability are all common choices for Discovery buyers.

Additional underbody protection and a winch make the Disco even more suited to off-roading, while roof boxes, cycle carriers, ski and snowboard carriers, tow bar and rear ladders make it the ultimate in practicality. Inside, they can also choose from waterproof seat covers, cargo net, load dividers, boot tray and rubber mats to keep the cabin clean.

For 2014 further new optional extras were made available. A primary focus was adding more safety features, including a wade depth sensor for use when negotiating water up to 700mm deep and a surround camera system for use at T junctions (and also useful when negotiating off-road obstacles or even tight car parks). There’s also the addition of an upgraded premium sound system from Meridan.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Land Rover Discovery (04-17).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control

Graphite equipment

Graphite standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Graphite optional equipment
None available

GS equipment

GS standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
GS optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags

HSE equipment

HSE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
HSE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Telephone
  • TV

HSE Luxury equipment

HSE Luxury standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • TV
HSE Luxury optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Full size spare wheel

Landmark equipment

Landmark standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • TV
Landmark optional equipment
None available

Lankmark equipment

Lankmark standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Lankmark optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags

Metropolis equipment

Metropolis standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone
Metropolis optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • TV

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags

SE Tech equipment

SE Tech standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Tech optional equipment
None available

XS equipment

XS standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
XS optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags

XXV equipment

XXV standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • TV
XXV optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Full size spare wheel

Safety

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Discovery 3 was awarded a four-star adult-occupancy rating in Euro NCAP crash tests along with four stars for child safety. That's not a bad score by any means but alternatives like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 have five star ratings.

The Land Rover Discovery safety package includes front, side and curtain airbags, along with dynamic stability control and active roll mitigation - a system which prevents the car from rolling over in sudden direction changes.

For the 2014 model Land Rover offered a range of new safety systems including blind spot monitoring, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection and T-junction cameras (enables driver to 'see' crossing traffic without having to stick the car's nose out into on-coming traffic).To further enhance off-road safety there is now the option of Wade Sensing that measures water depth to help stop the driver taking the Discovery past its wade depth limits.

Euro NCAP Rating

The Land Rover Discovery (04-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2006 and received the following safety ratings:

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

5 out of 5 5.0

Even if you don't intend to venture off-road, the Discovery is a very practical choice. The four-wheel drive system is a doddle to use and especially useful in snow and ice, or when towing. Slippery grass fields and muddy tracks are no issue either.

The availability of seven seats makes it as useful as a people carrier and all five of the rear seats fold down flat, creating a mammoth carrying capacity of more than 2,500 litres. Up front there's lots of cubbies and stowage areas including a split level glovebox.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Land Rover Discovery (04-17) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (12-15) 690 litres
Volkswagen Touareg 493 litres
Toyota Land Cruiser 381 litres
Land Rover Discovery (04-17) 280 litres

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