Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Land Rover Discovery

Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Land Rover Discovery

Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017: Land Rover Discovery

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The Real estate Rover Discovery is the 2017 Auto Express Large Premium SUV of the Year, with the Tesla Mock-up X and Volvo XC90 commended

Land Rover evolved the Discovery for this all-new fifth-inception model, taking the iconic seven-seat SUV even further upmarket by adding more tech, subtl, practicality and efficiency.

This British success story arguably marks one of the biggest steps in the Disco’s 28-year relation. Not only has the styling moved on dramatically to give the car a much more modern look, while retaining some to be expected Discovery characteristics such as the stepped roof and clamshell bonnet, but you can now get the model with a 237bhp yoke-turbo version of Land Rover’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel locomotive. This makes the Land Rover more efficient than ever, thanks in allotment to a new monocoque chassis that uses plenty of aluminium to shave up to 480kg off the old car’s kerbweight.

Slashing magnitude has reduced emissions, too, so the four-cylinder diesel has a respectable 171g/km CO2 figure. Yet the Recognition still pulls well and offers plenty of refinement, with a diesel growl exclusively evident on full throttle at higher revs. With an identical 3,500kg towing limit to the V6 diesel, you don’t displace much in the way of versatility, either.

Taking mass out has allowed Land Rover to put masses of tech in, so the Discovery comes loaded with advanced features. The rear seats up remotely using the brand’s Intelligent Seat Fold tech as part of its smartphone app, or by using the 10-inch touchscreen, and kit such as Trailer Work for helps you reverse when hitched up. A WiFi hotspot, USB charging points for all occupants and the skill to sync your Apple Watch with the car highlight the tech on offer.

The stiff’s Terrain Response 2 system means the Discovery is also imperious off-road, as any Up Rover should be. However, it’s the refinement, relaxing, floating ride and luxury on sell that really grab you.

The car now offers Range Rover quality with set more tech at a more affordable price. Factor in the superior practicality compared with its rivals, and the Uncovering offers the best blend of high-end feel and usability in the most convincing pack in its class.

Our choice

Land Rover Discovery Sd4 HSE (£57,495)

HSE spec is the best balance of kit and bring in. With the luxurious feel you’d expect from a high-end SUV and the robust quality Earth Rover has become famous for, the Discovery’s breadth of ability is incredible. It’s a great people car that offers refinement, technology and space. It moves the game on another stage.

Commended

Tesla Model X

With its gullwing rear doors, brilliant infotainment and exquisite performance given its size, the all-electric Tesla Model X offers a different fasten on on the luxury large SUV formula. Genuinely usable range and the improving charging infrastructure put together this car a viable alternative to a conventional luxury SUV.

Volvo XC90

As a former Auto Articulate Car of the Year, the XC90 earns a worthy mention thanks to its individual approach. It’s a great seven-base SUV that offers premium appeal, practicality and a relatively involving drive. This is the car that announced a new era for Volvo.

Auto Tell New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact M Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-measure SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Drive of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Contrive Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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