Land Rover offers the new Discovery at four increasingly lavish equipment levels, each available with any engine. In addition, most equipment can be added at extra cost to less expensive Discoveries.
Spending as little as possible on a Discovery will get you a Discovery S, with cloth seats, an 8.0-inch central touchscreen, 19-inch wheels, the least powerful (Td4) engine, single-range 4WD, and the features of every Discovery. You can spend more for an Sd4 or Td6 engine, which allows you to choose dual-range gearing.
Having chosen your engine and drivetrain, you can pay more again for a Discovery SE. That will get you leather-trimmed seats, with power-adjustment up front, and headlights and windscreen wipers that switch themselves on when required. There is satellite navigation, and the dual-zone ventilation will maintain a set temperature. The sound system has more power, and the cabin can be illuminated softly at night.
There is also a very significant mechanical change: the SE introduces Land Rover’s air suspension, which replaces steel springs with pneumatic support for the car. This allows you to adjust how high the car rides. It can lower the Discovery when you want to get in or out, and it can add under-car clearance when required on rough ground.
Spending more for a Discovery HSE gets you a memory for driver’s-seat adjustments, and three-zone climate control (rear passengers too can set their own temperature). The central touchscreen is bigger at 10 inches, the satellite navigation is better, the tailgate power-opens, and a smart key can be left in your pocket or bag while you unlock the car. The sound system is Meridian-branded and louder again. Headlamps switch automatically to low beam when necessary, and the wheel size grows an inch to 20 inches.
The HSE also brings you an inner tailgate that can be power-lowered to form a picnic seat or table. And it introduces power-folding rear seats as an extra-cost option. You can also order rear seats with remote-control, so that you can fold them from your phone to prepare the car for big loads. (This extends to third-row seats if you have them.)
If all this seems insufficiently pampering, you can pay a lot more for an HSE Luxury. A good chunk of that extra change will go on a finer grade of leather for the interior trim. The front seats are heated and cooled, and have more dimensions of adjustment, and you can power raise or lower the headrests. The mood lighting inside is more extensive and you can select from a palette of colours. The centre-console contains a cooled compartment, the sound system is yet more highly specified, the tailgate opens to a gesture from your foot, and the reversing camera can provide views in any direction. There is a two-panel glass sunroof, whose front panel power-opens, and a digital television receiver.
Among off-road specific features available at extra cost on most Discoveries are All Terrain Progress Control and Terrain Response 2. The former is an off-road cruise control, which will maintain very slow speeds – allowing you to set your speed in difficult going and just steer the vehicle. The second adds automation to the standard Terrain Response system: it seeks to gauge the driving conditions and automatically adjust the traction control and suspension (among other elements) to optimise progress.
In addition, you can specify a locking rear differential on almost any Discovery that has dual-range gearing.
Among other luxury and cosmetic options are heated rear seats (including the third row), four-zone climate control, additional 12V and USB power sockets, and (on the HSE Luxury) massaging front seats. On all versions but the Discovery S you can have an Activity key, which is a waterproof wristband that can unlock the vehicle, allowing you to secrete the usual key somewhere inside.
Among driver-assistance options are adaptive cruise control (which also extends the auto-braking to high speeds), lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. You can also order Advanced Tow Assist, which is an automatic parking system designed to work with a trailer.