Land Rover Discovery SUV (2009-2017) - Interior & comfort

The Land Rover Discovery is a supremely comfortable cruiser

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.6 out of 5

The Land Rover Discovery's considerable weight has obvious downsides when it comes to things like fuel economy and handling, but it also gives the car an unshakable ride quality. Lumps in the road are seemingly steamrollered by the Discovery's bulk, leaving only sharp bumps to upset occupants. At speed, the Discovery gets close to the comfort of the much more expensive Range Rover, with only a hint of wallow on crests and dips upsetting the car on straight roads.

The Discovery's upright body and big wing mirrors mean that wind noise does make its way inside at speed, but tyre and engine drone are well contained, even at a cruise.

Land Rover Discovery dashboard

The original Land Rover Discovery, which was launched in 1989, promised to offer the go-anywhere ability of the Land Rover Defender in a much more usable package and that combination is still evident from behind the wheel of the latest model.

In fact, the Discovery comes close to matching a Range Rover's imposing interior design, but the company has made sure the SUV doesn't have the same amount of wood and leather as its luxurious bigger brother. Instead, there are extra cubbyholes that are bound to appeal to anyone looking for family transport.

Equipment

The Land Rover Discovery starts at just under £48,000 so you’d expect it to come with plenty of standard equipment, and it does. The Graphite model was introduced to the range at the end of 2015, and now it’s just one of two trim levels.

As the name suggests, it’s got plenty of graphite grey finishes to the exterior, including the wheels, grille, vents and mirrors, while there’s full leather, a Meridian sound system, front and rear parking sensors, a parking camera, cruise control, climate control, Bluetooth and DAB radio.

Step up to Landmark trim for around £8,000 extra, and you get larger alloy wheels, bright xenon headlights, a higher-spec Meridian stereo, sat nav, a panoramic sunroof, an extended leather pack and electric heated seats over the Graphite model.

Options

The Discovery is an excellent choice for towing a horsebox or caravan, so the Land Rover-supplied tow bar is a common option that will set you back £510 (the Discovery already comes with a trailer stability assistance system as standard), while you can add full-length roof bars for £400 to the Graphite model.

You can also add luxuries like a heated steering wheel and a cool box in the armrest, while practical options like 360-degree cameras and blind-spot monitoring are also available.

Recommended

Land Rover Discovery SUV review
Land Rover Discovery SUV
Land Rover Discovery
19 Jan 2022

Land Rover Discovery SUV review

Top 10 best cars for cyclists and bikes 2022
Land Rover Discovery with roof-mounted bike
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cars for cyclists and bikes 2022

Most Popular

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Car tax
20 Jan 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022
Peugeot 3008 SUV front cornering
Best cars
6 Jan 2022

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
21 Jan 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
19 Jan 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
21 Jan 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022