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The 7 Wonders of the New Land Rover Discovery 5

March 8, 2017

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Off-road

Even though it loses its characteristic boxy profile for a new face that oozes modern design refinement, it remains extremely capable off-road with Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system, ground clearance of 283mm and a wading depth of 900mm!

The new Land Rover Discovery 5 brings everything South Africans came to love about the hardy SUV together in a curvier, spacious and more digital-savvy guise.

The new 2017 Discovery 5 remains an authentic, three-row, seven-seat SUV with close to unbeatable capability and versatility, but unfortunately, with pricing set to start at just below R1 Mil for the entry-level 2.0 TD4, this one will be out reach for many off-road adventurers.

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | At the Beach

Discovery 5 – New Key Features in 7 points:

The New Discovery 5 is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps your family safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure your destination is reached.

We took a look at the press release from Land Rover on the new Discovery 5 and here are the standout features we believe are worthiest of mentioning. These seven principles describe the essence of the new Land Rover Discovery 5 and have guided its creation:

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Seating Arrangement

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house

  • Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from your smartphone using the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology
  • The rear seats can accommodate a full-sized adult! The Discovery 5 accommodates seven full-sized adults in an SUV body measuring less than 5m in length (4 970mm).

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Cockpit

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 27 years

  • Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind
  • Premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family
  • Auto Access Height technology reduces the ride-height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle.

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | 900mm Wading Depth

3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers

  • Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 159g/km*
  • Super clean Ingenium family grows with adoption of 240PS, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque
  • Ground clearance is rated at 283mm (up 43mm) while a maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm).
  • Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system can optimize settings automatically if drivers are unsure of the best choice.
  • All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) can be programmed to autonomously maintain a suitable crawl speed chosen by the driver.
  • On-road performance is enhanced by Land Rover’s proven lightweight and durable aluminium monocoque architecture, which contributes to a 480kg weight saving compared to steel ladder construction.
  • This confidence extends to towing capability, which has been a hallmark of every generation of Discovery since it was used to tow a train at its original launch in 1989. Disco 5 has a maximum towing capacity at a class-leading 3,500kg.

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | 4×4

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world

  • Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Lots of Storage

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything

  • The Discovery 5 provides up to 2,500 litres of load capacity, or up to 1,231 litres behind row two.
  • Hidden small-item stowage behind the fold-down Climate Control panel

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Centre Console

6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier

  • New large 10-inch touchscreen – reduced number of switches on the centre console by a third, delivering a clean and uncluttered appearance.
  • Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices
  • Activity Key wristband – enjoy sports and active hobbies without carrying the standard key fob.

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5

7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people

  • New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5 | Engines

Quick Glance: Engine efficiency

New Land Rover Discovery 5 is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient range of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. They include:


The award-winning new 132kW 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder Td4 diesel engine is the most efficient in the range and delivers combined fuel economy of (6.0l/100 km) with CO2 emissions from 159g/km* – a reduction of 22 per cent over its equivalent predecessor. This modern diesel engine delivers impressive refinement while its torque output of 430Nm provides customary Land Rover towing capability and strong performance, powering Discovery from 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds.


The more powerful twin-turbo Sd4 Ingenium four-cylinder diesel produces 176kW and an impressive 500Nm of torque with fuel economy of 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 165g/km. (0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds)


Six-cylinder diesel power comes from the 190kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, badged Td6, which delivers 600Nm of torque for strong performance, pulling power and efficiency. (CO2 emissions: 189g/km / Efficiency: 7.2l/100 km)


For petrol customers, Land Rover’s advanced 250kW supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, provides 450Nm of torque to deliver relaxed performance and capability. The 250kW Si6 engine develops 450Nm of torque and powers New Discovery from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds (Fuel economy 10.9l/100km)

Land Rover Discovery 5
Land Rover Discovery 5

Note: Featured pictures may not accurately depict the final South African version of the car. Final specifications, engines and trim levels of SA version not available at time of publication.

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Land Rover Discovery 5 | Dusk

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