The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Mummy Multi Tasker

Starting price: £53,695

Pros

Great practicality

Spacious with plenty of boot space

Comfortable all rounder

Cons

Sat in the more premium pricing

Intro

This car is a great multi tasker with some well thought out practical features which compliment busy family life. 

The new exterior design is more in line with the Range Rover than the old, more boxy looking, Disco. They say the new overall version is 80% Range Rover! Quite sleek, luxurious and pleasing on the eye and the dimensions are very similar (length and width) to that of the Volvo XC90.

The car feels very solid, you are seated quite high to the road and the drive is smooth and effortless.  For a large SUV the car is responsive and, with all the tech, easy to park with 360 degree cameras.

Kate was lucky to get the opportunity to take the Discovery off-road and get muddy.  She experienced hill descents and navigation over inclines and side slopes all of which gave an insight into this car’s capabilities.  A great car whether in town and even more so in the countryside.  The Discovery also has towing assistance which makes life, when reversing a horsebox or caravan, a lot more calm and simple.

Interior

Climbing into the car it is immediately apparent that the Discovery has been well thought out and has a smart and expensive feel.  The centre console is at a very comfortable height and therefore, from the gearstick to the air conditioning, all buttons are positioned conveniently.  This also applies to the 11.4 inch curved touchscreen which is both responsive and able to receive updates without actually going to a dealership. Pairing my mobile phone took seconds and the SatNav was logical and clear.

Seats & Passenger Space

There is a 12 way electrical seat adjustment in the front seats which I do not recommend playing with whilst driving along like I did!  A 40 something year old woman enveloped into the seat whilst trying to keep composure!  With so many adjustments Princess and the Pea springs to mind, but great if you are pregnant or slightly taller / shorter than average.

Heated seats and steering wheel are heavenly on a British winter morning!  An optional extra is for all the seats to have heating although if you are using car seats / boosters then this maybe a cost you wish to avoid.

The first row of passenger seats comfortably fit 3 adults and, if your children argue over ‘who has to sit in the middle’, there is no central tunnel and therefore, plenty of leg room.  

Potentially 3 baby car seats can all fit across this row albeit you would need to remove 1 car seat to get into the rear 2 seats.  The seats have an isofix leather flap which protects the car and is a great idea.  The rear seats can be raised / lowered electrically from either the touchscreen or buttons in the boot.  Thankfully, for inquisitive minds, weight sensors prevent the buttons from working when someone is sat in the seat!  Other children standard features include window sensors, child locks and belt removal alarm.

The rear 2 seats are large enough to seat 2 adults and therefore this car makes a great option if you are looking for a 7 seater.

Cups & Cubby

Coffee / water bottle holders in the front cabin were positioned perfectly without having to stretch and for a quick tidy there is a slick panel which pulls across the centre console.

The car has a very robust feel and there are plenty of cubby holes, door bins and spaces to store the usual array of family objects whether heading to school or away for a long weekend.  Ipad holders or headrest mounted screens are optional extra. USB sockets are positioned conveniently for both the back and third row of seats.

Boot Space

The boot can be opened with a touch of a button inside the car or on the key fob. On the higher spec vehicles waiving your foot underneath the rear bumper will also open the tailgate (great if you are overloaded with bags/ carrying a child).

I thought the electronic tailgate was brilliant!  So simple, but so useful.  When automatically lowered down it provides a strong seat to prop children on when pulling off a wellie boot or even an emergency nappy change!  It is also not too high for when you need to load your pram or shopping into.  A great little design feature.

Summary

Overall if you need space, from small children to teenagers and possibly a dog or two thrown in, then this car ticks all the boxes. I must say we loved it! 

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

1137 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4956 (l) 2220 (w) x  1888 (h)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

25.3

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

7.3 secs (entry level)