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The new Land Rover Discovery 5 reviewed

New Land Rover Discovery 5

The sophisticated new Land Rover Discovery 5 that was finally unveiled at The Paris Motor Show steps away from the rugged style of its predecessors. Experts at industry body CAP have also recently predicted that it will be the least depreciating car in its class. If this isn’t enough to tempt your curiosity, read our full review of the new Land Rover Discovery set to be released in spring 2017.

New design for the Land Rover Discovery 5

The new sleek and sophisticated design of the Land Rover Discovery 5 moves away from the traditional boxy appearance associated with earlier generations. This new model has a closer resemblance to the Discovery Sport. By switching to aluminium construction, the new Discovery is 480kg lighter giving room for plusher materials and added sound proofing. In a bold move, the manufacturers have decided to replace the characteristic split tailgate with a powered inner tailgate.

Driving, off-road capabilities and towing of the new Land Rover Discovery

The three engine options on offer in the UK – two diesel and one petrol – along with the reduced weight and improved aerodynamic design, make the new Discovery the cleanest model from the range, although it still lags behind Audi and Volvo. It claims to keep up the Discovery’s great off-road reputation with the addition of the latest Terrain Response System, including All-Terrain Progress Control Tech (similar to cruise control for off-road) leaving drivers to concentrate on steering and enjoying the experience. On top of this, to strengthen the Discovery’s impressive 3500kg towing capacity they’ve added Advanced Tow Assist & Trailer Light Test. The real test will be in the actual driving once the model is released but Land Rover certainly hasn’t gone entirely for substance over style here.

New Land Rover Discovery seating & gadgets

Land Rover has invested in improving the seating configuration and integrating impressive gadgets for the new seven-seat Discovery. It features five ISOfix child seats, two in the second and third rows and one in the passenger seat. As well as this, the second and third rows are power folding seats which can be controlled remotely either using the main touchscreen or an app on your smartphone. An impressive new infotainment system has also been introduced with up to a 10inch touchscreen which links to your smartphone, a WiFi hotspot that can connect up to 8 devices and nine USB ports of which includes four 12v charging points. On top of this there are lots of cubby holes and storage places for all your valuables including space for four tablets in the centre console.

Does the new Land Rover Discovery 5 sound appealing to you? Or are you disappointed that Land Rover has turned its back on its rugged heritage? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter (@WeWantAnyCar).

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