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The new Discovery 5 combines Land Rover’s heritage with fresh-SUV styling

Land Rover logo9 Apr 2018

By DANIEL DEGASPERI

IT HAS long looked like an apartment block on wheels, but designers of the Land Rover Discovery have for its fifth-generation taken to its once-proudly boxy design like a wrecking ball to a tower.

A plethora of premium large SUV models have hit the market not only since the Discovery nameplate appeared three decades ago, but even since the Discovery 3 launched in 2004 and the evolutionary Discovery 4 followed by 2009. The Discovery 5 has now joined rivals with softer styling expected to appease buyers who would never accept the ‘three box’ older models.

A square design delivered benchmark interior space and practicality with the last large Land Rover and, with a price topping out beneath $100,000 before on-roads, happened to be more affordable than this new model. The flagship Discovery 5 TD6 First Edition tested here tops out at over $130,000 plus on-road costs, and that was before further options were fitted.

So the question is, does a more rounded-looking Land Rover Discovery 5 in fact make for a better all-round premium large SUV? Or has it instead lost its uniquely practical and pragmatic flavour?

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Model release date: 1 July 2017

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