Prices, Specs and Rivals
Pricing starts at £42,595 for the SE; SE Tech adding £5,000 to that; HSE costs from £54,495; and HSE Luxury is a few pounds shy of £60,000. Not a cheap car then and rivals offer better performing alternatives at a lower entry price. A BMW X5 xDrive25d for example, might only have a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, but it outruns the Discovery to 62mph by over a second and manages a significantly higher speed, too. Pick the X5 xDrive40d M Sport as an HSE Luxury alternative and it’s not just cheaper, but the BMW will utterly demolish it on road, with a sizeable performance and handling advantage. The same is true of Porsche’s Cayenne, the S Diesel nearly halving the time it gets to 62mph and feeling like a supercar in comparison.
The Discovery's specification is good, though entry-level SE models do without leather upholstery. SE Tech adds that to the equipment count, as well as Xenon headlamps, power fold mirrors and front park distance control, heated front seats, Meridian Audio and a premium touch navigation system. All come with Terrain Response and an eight speed automatic. HSE adds a parking camera, 20-inch alloys, premium leather, heated rear seats and a premium exterior styling pack, powered adjustment to the steering column, keyless entry and timed climate control, while HSE Luxury adds more leather, a heated steering wheel and £5k more to the price.