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Land Rover's luxurious Discovery goes anywhere in high style
SUV is total package for look, versatility
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 10:00 pm
by Winfred Cross | For The Charlotte Post

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery.

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Land Rover’s Discovery is the perfect vehicle for those looking for luxury and need something serious to negotiate the outback when price isn’t an obstacle.

The Discovery was voted four-wheeler SUV of the Year by the editors of Four Wheeler magazine. That shouldn’t be a surprise given the brand’s ability to traverse any terrain – and I do mean any. This was Land Rover’s fifth overall win of the magazine’s title. The vehicle accomplishes this feat while wrapping its passengers in one of the highest standards of luxury available.

That’s what most American’s think when we hear Land Rover, luxury. Actually we think of the Range Rover which is the company’s most expensive and recognizable vehicle. The Discovery isn’t a slouch, especially since it’s total redesign a couple of year’s ago. The vehicle’s overall design is far more modern than it use to be. It has a sleeker body with a wider stance and better-integrated grille.

The interior is sumptuous, with wood, leather and metal gracing the cabin. It’s a clean and uncluttered layout that’s ultra modern without being sterile.
The interior will seat seven but the third row may find it a tad tight. The second and third row seats can be folded to give you more hauling capacity. You can fold them all or pick from a variety of configurations.

Let’s talk about the front seats. There is plenty of padding for comfort and a plethora of power seating to find that just right position. Are you feeling a bit undone and stressed? No worries. There is a message option and four-zone climate function for the seats. The first two rows are heated and cooled. The third is merely heated.

The Discovery is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo charged diesel engine that makes 254 horsepower and an astounding 443 pounds-feet of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic with all wheel drive.

The Discovery is built to take on any offloading situation you throw at it but those British folk did not forget to give the vehicle impeccable road manners. This SUV coddles and pampers you like a proper luxury vehicle should. It never pulls a Jekylll & Hyde on you. It remains whatever you want until asked to change. It never mixes business with pleasure.

The Discovery feels good on any road surface. The air suspension soaks up bumps and other road imperfections like a champ. Handling is better than what you might think for a high profile vehicle. There’s not a lot of body roll and it never felt like it was fighting to get in a corner.

My favorite feature of the Discovery is the Active key. It’s a Fitbit looking bracelet that allows you to leave your keys in the car if you were going skiing or swinging. The bracelet only works on the vehicle its linked. Tap the D isn the Discovery logo and you can lock and unlock the vehicle.

The Discovery HSE has a base price of $67,490. The list of standard equipment is very long but includes heated power mirrors, dual sunroofs, all wheel drive, ABS, traction control, LED headlights, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel that is heated and leather wrapped, 825 watt Meridian sound system, dynamic stability control, eight-speed automatic transmission, air suspension and Windsor leather seats.

The nearly $14,000 in options which include a capability plus package with enhances the vehicles off road abilities; drive pro package which has adaptive cruise control, adaptive speed limiter, blind spot detection and lane keep assist; seven seat luxury climate comfort package; and a vision assist package which includes auto high beam headlights.

Add $995 for destination and the as-tested price comes to $81,395.

That’s a lot of cash but the Discovery is a lot of vehicle – a whole lot. If you’ve got the cash and are looking for luxury and utility, well, Land Rover may have just the thing for you. Check it out.

Email Winfred Cross at: cross@alldaytech.com.

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