2019 Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6: We drive the diesel Disco
What will it be: This large three-row luxury SUV replaces the first kind LR4 (referred to as a Discovery inside world) and it is intended to conquer everything away from the pavement and provide comfort/utility in it.
Key Competitors: Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE
Base Price: $66,945 As-Tested Price: $66,945
Highlights: All-new for 2019, the Land Rover Discovery dives in to the competitive three-row luxury SUV market together with the amenities you'd expect from the much pricier Range Rover. In reality, the Discovery is provided very well that it's something of the bargain, even at $67,000.
The Discovery diesel is really a whopping 443 lb-ft of torque from the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6.
Our Opinion: The Land Rover Discovery moves off the boxy look of that LR4 predecessor and toward the household Range Rover face. There's still an abundance of quirk out back, though: The offset license plate and rear-window droop give you a firm experience of previous times; the tall ride height (and, consequently, tall lift-over) remains too, meaning you'll be hoisting any cargo up well as over the flip-down cargo tray even though you lower the environment suspension while using the convenient button while in the cargo area.
From the top seats — many of the seats, really — the Discovery is a lot more Range Rover than Land Rover; our tester featured leather and wood on every exposed surface complemented by thick, plush mats, and also the driver is treated to your commanding view one could expect from the vehicle this size. One caveat is seat firmness — while one driver did not have complaints, a 2nd, smaller driver found the seat cushions simply too hard. The takeaway? Get ample seat time in the invention before deciding.
Power with the Discovery's diesel V6 is a lot more than ample beyond modest initial lag because the turbo does its thing; better still, our tester returned a great 27.4 mpg in mostly highway driving with four people as well as their luggage aboard. Yes, there are additional engine options — the supercharged V6 will make a compelling case for itself — but Land Rover's refined diesel V6 is really in their element powering this cost range Rover, delivering gobs of torque without guzzling premium gasoline in the operation.
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Base Price: $66,945
As Tested Price: $66,945
Powertrain: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, 4WD, eight-speed automatic
Output: 254 hp @ 3,750 rpm; 443 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,916 lb
Fuel Economy: 21/26/23(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Powerful, efficient diesel engine; beautifully trimmed interior
Cons: Tall enough to generate cargo difficult to load; seats too firm for some