2020 Land Rover Discovery

2020 Land Rover Discovery Review: Conquer Mother Nature In Style

by Michael Butler

Mention the word Land Rover, and you'll immediately conjure up images of burly men battling sand dunes and dense Amazonian jungles. After all, Land Rover cars are the best four-by-fours by far. These days the Land Rover brand is best known for producing the ultra-luxurious Range Rover, but slotting in below the bling is a range of capable yet luxurious SUVs that offer the best of both worlds. The 2020 Discovery, then, is the perfect example of how you can live in serious luxury while conquering mountains at the same time. The 2020 Discovery is offered with two V6 engines, the one being a 254-horsepower turbo diesel, and the other a 340-hp supercharged gas-powered unit. Land Rover has managed to create a car that drives beautifully on and off the road, and offers a premium interior with all the latest tech you'd expect from German rivals such as the BMW X5.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Discovery?

Land Rover has played around with the feature offerings for 2020 and has also added a new trim. The new Landmark trim slots in between the SE and the mid-range HSE and comes with a set of 21-inch wheels, four-zone climate control, and is powered exclusively by the supercharged V6. The base model gets a few new standard features, including auto-dimming exterior mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, and approach lighting. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are now standard, and two new colors, Portofino Blue and Eiger Grey, are added to the list of color options.

Pros and Cons

  • Good looks
  • Serious off-road capability
  • Styling interior
  • Standard safety features
  • Thirsty gas engine
  • Sloppy handling
  • Third-row cargo space
  • The touchscreen is slow to react.

Discovery Exterior

Land Rovers in the past have always put function ahead of form in a way that was endearing to fans across the world. The rugged looks of older generation Discovery SUVs worked perfectly with the rest of the car's rudimentary appeal. Basic interiors and robust underpinnings were the main focus here, but in recent years that has started to change, and we now face a completely different beast. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is a seriously good looking thing that looks more at home in the city than out on the trails, which might fool some into thinking that it is just another soft-roader. The distinctive front end of the Discovery pays tribute to its dearer sibling the Range Rover, but the side profile is unmistakably Discovery. All 2020 Discovery cars come with rear privacy glass, LED headlights with auto high beam assist, rear fog lights (with upper trims getting front fog lights, too), a panoramic roof with power blinds, and alloy wheels. Base model cars get 19-inch wheels, while the rest of the range rolls on 20-inches in varying styles.

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Dimensions

The Discovery is a medium to large SUV that measures in with similar dimensions to that of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. With an overall length of 195.1 inches, the Discovery is more than an inch longer than the BMW. Width comes in at 87.4 inches with the wing mirrors included, and 81.6 inches without. The Discovery is 73 inches tall. With the standard coil suspension fitted, the approach angle/ramp angle/departure angle is 29/22.2/27 degrees. Ride height is 8.5 inches with coil suspension, and 11.5 with air suspension, and has a wading depth of 35.4 inches. The 2020 Discovery weighs in between 4,735 pounds in its Landmark trim, and will max out at 4,900 lbs in its heaviest guise.

  • Length 195.1 in
  • Wheelbase 115.0 in
  • Height 73.0 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 66.5 in
  • Rear Width 66.4 in

Exterior Colors

What Land Rover has accomplished with the Discovery is impressive: it blends designer looks with a rugged touch that is rare to find anywhere else in its class, and what better way to highlight this fact than with a set of matching paint options. Land Rover offers the Discovery in two no-cost color options, namely Fuji White and Narvik Black. The bulk of the color options will set you back $710 and include favorites such as Portofino Blue, Byron Blue, and Eiger Grey. If you're looking for something more adventurous, Land Rover offers the Discovery in Namib Orange, Farallon Pearl Black, or Carpathian Grey for $1,550. A Black contrast roof can also be added for an additional $870, and blacked-out exterior accents can also be added depending on trim level.

  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Byron Blue Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Farallon Black Premium Metallic
  • Namib Orange Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White
  • Narvik Black

Discovery Performance

It should be noted from the start that the Discovery is not a sub-six-second performance SUV - it has been designed to offer competent on-road performance and stunning off-road pull. Both engine options offer decent poke, and new owners shouldn't shrug off the 254-hp turbo diesel engine as its torquey nature works well with inner-city driving, as well as highway cruising, and at the same time delivers better fuel economy than the gas-fed engine. The supercharged V6 engine offers up 340 hp and feels stronger up top, but can't match the turbo diesel for low-down shove. Both engines aren't the most refined in their class, but thanks to an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission feel smooth enough to convince buyers of the Discovery's luxury status. The diesel will sprint to sixty in the mid-seven-second range, while the supercharged engine gets the Discovery there in 6.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Both powertrain options will top out at 130 mph. Towing capacity ranges between 7,716 for the diesel, and 8,201 for the gas engine.

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Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is available with your choice of diesel or gas V6 engines, both matching up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. The 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 engine produces 254 hp and a massive 443 lb-ft of torque from only 1,750 rpm. This isn't the most refined diesel engine we've tested, but it delivers its power in a linear manner, which makes it easy to drive in town. Off-road, the low-down torque on offer makes it easier to climb over low-speed obstacles and sharp inclines. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gas engine offers a stronger 340 hp but sees a dip in torque at 332 lb-ft of torque. Besides sounding better, the gas option pulls better higher up in the rev range and is the better option for highway cruising and overtaking, but with a fuel consumption figure that belongs in the gutter, we would recommend going with the diesel.

  • Engine
    3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

Modern SUVs are expected to offer sedan-like road manners, while in some instances, also being able to tackle off-road obstacles. Land Rover is one of the few manufacturers to get this balance right, but in the case of the Discovery, that balance leans toward off-road capability, which results in a ride that can sometimes be described as slushy, but never sloppy. On city roads, the Discovery soaks up road imperfections beautifully, especially when equipped with the air suspension setup. Steering feel is light and helps the large Discovery navigate city streets, but on the highway, combined with a lifted ride height, you can feel the car starting to sway, especially in high winds. Off the beaten track, it all starts to make sense: the wobbly handling becomes a blessing, as the Discovery twists and contorts itself over obstacles and makes seemingly large boulders disappear under the wheels with no hint of throwing off the Discovery's balance. Land Rover has struck a solid compromise between on-road handling and off-road performance.

Discovery Gas Mileage

Weighing in at just under 5,000 pounds, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery was never destined to be crowned the most fuel-efficient SUV on the road. In all honesty, it doesn't even come close. The Discovery's gas mileage figures are a tale of two engines; on the one hand, you are offered a turbo diesel with low power outputs and lots of torque, and on the other hand, a peaky supercharged gas engine with lots of high-end pull. If you want to get the best gas mileage out of your Disco, the best option would be to go for the diesel, which, according to the EPA, will deliver 21/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined. Fitted with a 22.5-gallon fuel tank, the diesel should see a maximum range of 518-miles. The supercharged V6 gas engine takes a heavy knock, and will only manage 16/21/18 mpg according to the EPA. With a larger 23.5-gallon fuel tank, the gas engine will only manage 423 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 16/21 mpg
* 2020 Land Rover Discovery SE V6 Supercharged

Discovery Interior

Unlike Land Rover products of old, you won't find any shoddy plastic bits and sagging headliners in the 2020 Land Rover Discovery, it's quite the opposite in fact. Step inside the cabin and you're greeted by a decidedly upscale interior that looks and feels great, and with the help of a panoramic roof also feels airy and spacious. We love the fact that Land Rover incorporates chunky styling with luxurious details, and as with the exterior, it gives off a sense of style and functionality that is rarely seen in other cars of this class. With standard leather seats across the range, and tasteful wood, gloss, or aluminum inlays, there is no doubting that the Discovery is a premium product, and we think it can comfortably sit with its German counterparts in terms of overall interior design and execution.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Discovery is offered with five or seven seats, and we found that five adults will fit comfortably in the first two rows, while the third row will best serve small adults and children. Getting in and out of the Discovery is a hassle-free affair, thanks to its lifted ride height and wide-opening doors, but access to the third row requires the second row to be folded, which can pose a problem for parents who've got their hands full. Visibility is good in the front and sides, but the relatively small rear window means that you'll have to rely on the reverse camera more often than not. The front seats are comfortable and offer enough support during off-roading adventures and long-distance road trips. The front headroom comes in at just under 40 inches, while those in the rear get 39 inches. Front-seat legroom is 39 inches, while second-row occupants get 37.6 inches.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 39.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.0 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery is far removed from the practical interiors the brand is known for in years past, and as with the Range Rover, looks and feels premium, and can easily compete with those of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. Firstly, the grained leather seats, or Windsor leather seats in higher trim levels are a good touch. The standard leather in the SE and HSE can be had in Ebony Black or Acorn Beige, with Light Oyster/Espresso available to the HSE. An upgrade to Windsor leather costs $1,245 on the HSE in the same color schemes, but switching the Acorn hue for Vintage Tan and Black. These options are available to the HSE Luxury at no extra cost. The headliner can be specified in Light Oyster Morzine or Ebony Morzine for $360, while interior accents and inlays are offered in Veneer Gloss black as standard on the base model, with Dark Satin Brushed Aluminum or Natural Shadow Oak Veneer at cost. HSE and Luxury trims get more veneer options, such as Natural Shadow or Charcoal Oak at no cost, or High Gloss Charcoal Oak for $615.

Discovery Trunk and Cargo Space

Apart from offering good passenger space, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery also provides excellent trunk and cargo space; however, cars fitted with third-row seating limits that space. Behind the second row, the 2020 Discovery offers a substantial 41.2 cubic feet, which is over seven cubic feet more than you'll get in the BMW X5. With all the seats folded, the Discovery offers 83.7 cubic feet of space, once again beating the BMW, but the Volvo XC90 offers two cubic feet more in this instance.

Small-item storage is excellent, thanks to the inclusion of a myriad of storage bins located throughout the interior, including second-row under-seat storage bins.

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Discovery Infotainment and Features

Features

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery is a luxury car through and through, and if the upscale interior didn't already convince you, the list of standard features will. Starting with the base model SE, you get a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-zone climate control, power-adjustable seats, as well as ambient interior lighting, push-button start, and keyless entry. The mid-range HSE brings a few notable features to the table, including an electrically adjustable steering column, three-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. If the HSE doesn't tickle your fancy, then you can opt for the HSE Luxury, which literally has the word 'luxury' in the title, so you know it has to be good. The HSE Luxury adds heated front and rear seats, electrically reclining second-row seats, and powered third-row seats. The Landmark trim car is the new kid on the block and adds analog Dials with a central TFT display, as well as four-zone climate control, seven seats, and heated front and rear seats. Lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree parking aid, and blin spot assist are standard across the range.

Infotainment

As with any modern luxury car, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery comes fitted with a competent infotainment system that offers all the functionality you'd expect from a car in this price range. The infotainment display is a 10-inch unit that is neatly mounted in the dashboard and sits below the central air vents. This display offers clear imagery, but we found that the system can be overwhelmed when inputs are made too quickly. Standard infotainment features include Bluetooth streaming, voice control, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The standard sound system consists of ten speakers and provides clear treble and bass tones. HSE models add SiriusXM satellite and HD radio, integrated navigation, wi-fi hotspot capability, and a ten-speaker Meridian sound system, which outclasses the standard system by a significant margin. The HSE Luxury gets an even better system in the form of a Meridian surround sound system with 16 speakers and a subwoofer. We found that Wings by the legendary band Vader sounded great on this system.

Discovery Problems and Reliability

Since 2019 the Land Rover Discovery has been recalled twice. In 2019 certain Discovery models were recalled for a defective crankshaft pulley bolt that could fracture, leading to serious engine damage and even catastrophic engine failure. In 2020 certain Discovery vehicles were recalled due to missing seat fasteners for second-row seats. Land Rover will cover the 2020 Discovery with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, six-years of corrosion cover, a four-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and four-years or 50,000-miles worth of roadside assistance.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Discovery Safety

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery has not been tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS, but the European crash rating agency NCAP has put a 2017 model through its paces. This third-generation Discovery performed well and earned itself a full five stars on the stringent test circuit. If you consider the fact that multi-millionaire soccer players and even the Queen of England trust Land Rover products to get them to where they need to go, then you can rest assured that the 2020 Discovery will get you to where you need to go in one piece.

Key Safety Features

Yes, it may not be officially tested, but the big and brawny Discovery does come with its fair share of standard safety systems and equipment. All cars are fitted with emergency forward braking, lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter, as well as a reverse camera with park assist, and a 360-degree parking aid. The cruise control system includes traffic sign recognition and an adaptive speed limiter. Other features include a clear exit monitor and blind-spot assist. HSE models add high-speed emergency braking and adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go. The airbag system includes front side-impact and side curtain airbags for a total of six with the base seating configuration. With seven seats, that number climbs to eight.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Land Rover Discovery a good SUV?

There's a good reason why so many love the Land Rover Range Rover; it symbolizes old-world luxury and charm, while still being able to cross a river or mountain (not that anyone ever does in these cars) and has become one of the biggest status symbols in the automotive world. But what if you like the combination of luxury and capability, but you just don't have the budget, or you prefer something more under the radar? The 2020 Land Rover Discovery offers both a premium driving experience, a well-appointed interior, and all the tech you'll ever need, along with the ability to dominate mother nature with its highly capable AWD system and powerful V6 engines. We appreciate the attention to detail that went into designing the interior, as well as the inclusion of standard driver assistance systems such as blind-spot assistance and emergency forward braking. We did find that the Discovery felt wishy-washy when driven at high speeds or when flung around corners, but in general, it is a comfortable everyday cruiser. Land Rover has built a car that balances true capability with pure luxury.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery?

Land Rover offers the Discovery with two engine options. With the supercharged gas engine, the base model SE has a sticker price of $52,300, while the Landmark ups the price to $58,500. The HSE with the V6 engine is priced at $59,700, while the top of the range HSE Luxury will set you back $67,200. Opting for the turbo diesel requires a further outlay of $2,000 on all trims (barring the Landmark, which isn't available with this powertrain). These prices exclude tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,025.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Models

For 2020, Land Rover offers its Discovery SUV in four different trim levels. Starting things off is the SE, followed by the Landmark, HSE, and finally, the HSE Luxury. SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury models can be equipped with either a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 or a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine, while the Landmark is exclusively available with the gas V6.

Key features on the SE include a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, LED Headlights with Signature DRLs with Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA), and a power tailgate. On the inside, the base model gets a standard rear park assist system, leather seats, a ten-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, as well as a fixed glass sunroof, and a ten-speaker sound system. Standard driver assistance features include blind-spot assist, traffic sign recognition and an adaptive speed limiter.

On the Landmark trim, you can expect to find 20-inch five split-spoke wheels finished off in Gloss Black, Landmark badging, and a Lozenge aluminum trim finish on the exterior. Inside the Landmark sports a ten-speaker high-output Meridian sound system, park assist with front and rear sensors, integrated navigation with Pro services, and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot system, as well as four-zone climate control, seven seats, and a tilt and slide power sunroof. Air suspension is factory-fitted here, too.

The HSE is second from the top, and sports key features such as an Atlas Silver Grille with Narvik Black Surround, 20-inch five split-spoke alloy wheels, and a power gesture tailgate on the exterior. Inside the cabin, you can expect to find an electrically adjustable steering column, three-zone climate control, and an interactive driver display,

At the top of the range, the HSE Luxury does what it says on the label: the exterior gets 20-inch ten split-spoke alloy wheels, and body-colored door handles with noble surround. The interior features luxurious Windsor Leather Seats, a Meridian surround sound system with 16 speakers and a subwoofer, configurable ambient interior lighting, heated front and rear seats, a twin-speed transfer box, and the electronic air suspension shared with the Landmark trim.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$52,300
Landmark Edition
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$58,500
HSE
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$59,700
HSE Luxury
3.0-liter Supercharged V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$67,200
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Additional Packages

Starting off with the base model, Land Rover offers numerous packages, including the $1,400 Drive Pack, which adds traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking. The Driver Assist Pack adds a surround camera system, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, as well as high-speed emergency braking and traffic sign recognition for $3,100. Landmark trim cars can be had with a Premium Interior Pack, which includes rubber mats, a loadspace mat, and cargo net, amongst others for $700. Stepping up to the HSE, new owners can get the $1,530 Capability Pack, which adds a two-speed transfer case, terrain response two, and electronic air suspension, all for $1,530. To make the HSE Luxury even more luxurious, new owners can go for the $1,985 Seven Seat Luxury Climate Pack that adds heated and cooled front and rear seats with heated third-row seats, four-zone climate control, and massage, 16-way power-adjustable seats. Trim levels such as the SE and HSE are eligible for the Seven Seat package which adds seven seats, a two-speed transfer case and electronic air suspension for $2,195

🚗What Land Rover Discovery Model Should I Buy?

The Discovery sits below the Range Rover in terms of luxury but is just as capable off-road, so with a few bucks to spare you can spec your Discovery to a level where you won't miss out too much on what's on offer in the Range Rover. For that reason, we'd go with the HSE, which sits above the SE and Landmark, but below the HSE Luxury. This trim level offers a good balance of value and features. Key features on the HSE include a power tilt and slide sunroof, a power gesture tailgate, integrated navigation and wi-fi, a ten-speaker Meridian sound system, as well as three-zone climate control, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter. If we had the bucks to buy one, we'd specify it with the optional Cold Climate Pack which adds a heated steering wheel and heated seats all around. We would definitely want the two-speed transfer case on offer in the Capability Pack.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Comparisons

BMW X5 BMW
Volvo XC90
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Land Rover Discovery340 hp16/21 mpg$52,300
BMW X5 335 hp21/26 mpg$58,900
Volvo XC90 250 hp21/30 mpg$48,350

2020 Land Rover Discovery vs BMW X5

When it comes to large luxury SUVs, the BMW X5 has always been a safe bet. The 2020 BMW X5 is offered with your choice of two engines: a 335-horsepower six-cylinder or a 456-hp V8. The X5 comes off of a redesign in 2019, which means the 2020 car benefits from minor additional features such as comfort access, and wireless phone charging. The 335-hp inline-six engine has a great torque band and feels fast in any gear, which compliments the X5's dynamic ability. Unlike the Discovery, the X5 feels relatively light on its feet and planted during hard cornering. Inside, the X5 exudes luxury with a cabin that might not be as rugged, but sure is stylish. We appreciate the long list of available features, spacious interior, and good road manners, but wish BMW could lower the price a tad. If you want to go off-road, get the Discovery; otherwise, the BMW will be your best bet.

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2020 Land Rover Discovery vs Volvo XC90

Volvo builds some of the most stylish and accomplished SUVs currently on offer, and the mid-size XC90 is easily one of the best in its class. Powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in its T6 guise (there is a less powerful T5 motor also available), the XC90 produces 316 hp and feels just as fast as the supercharged 3.0-liter Discovery, which is saying something. From the outside, the Volvo is clearly the sleeker car, and we prefer its styling over the bulky Discovery. Inside the Volvo sports one of the best interiors in the business, which is backed up by a long list of standard features and superior levels of interior space. The Volvo isn't the sharpest handling car in its class, but it does better than the Land Rover on the road. Off the beaten track, the Discovery is miles ahead. Unfortunately, the transmission in the Volve feels clunky, the standard engine feels underpowered, and the T6 engine feels rather unrefined. We'd still go with the well balanced Discovery.

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