Land Rover's massive options list should be approached with caution.
Earlier this week, Land Rover revealed its significantly updated Discovery. The changes included updated styling, new turbocharged engines, and an upgraded infotainment system. Although the new Defender has hogged the limelight, the updated Disco shouldn't be disregarded as a luxurious, practical SUV.
Now, the online configurator for the latest Land Rover Discovery has gone live and we decided to see what tasty version of the SUV we could come up with and, crucially, how much it would cost. We began with the Discovery R-Dynamic which starts from $56,400 and then went for the top P360 powertrain, raising the price to $61,900.
Next, we chose the HSE specification pack which adds 22-inch wheels, auto high-beam headlights, and a powered gesture tailgate. The premium metallic paint we went for is the $1,550 Silicon Silver and we upgraded the wheels to gloss black items for $700, while a black contrast roof worked beautifully with the lighter paint.
Our interior upgrades included 20-way heated/cooled seats ($800), heated/cooled rear seats ($400), and a fully extended leather upgrade ($1,500). A Light Oyster/Ebony color scheme looked fantastic. Once we were done adding items like four-zone climate control, a head-up display, an active rear locking differential, and a tow hitch receiver, the bill had swelled considerably.
All options totaled $15,305 and, once the destination/delivery charge of $1,350 was taken into account, our fully loaded Land Rover Discovery came to $85,555. That's only around $5,000 less expensive than a base Range Rover.
Of course, most buyers are unlikely to go to town as we did with the options, but it proves that the scope for customization is broad. The new Discovery is without a doubt an improvement over the pre-facelift version and an integral component of the expanding Land Rover brand. It deserves to do well.