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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Land Rover Discovery

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The Disco does not drive like any other off-road-capable SUV. The experience is immediately distinctive. It's not just the blower and that fabulous background keening; it's that it's light on its feet and poised.

With a low speed, the steering feels overboosted at first. But this changes as speed increases. Effort increases, and there's just enough weight to give feedback. It's as easy to dock into a tight spot when you're barely moving as it is to steer it through a corner at high speed.

It lacks the on-road oafishness in the curves that usually comes with serious off-road credentials.

The Disco is as easy to live with every day as a Camry -- but it's a lot more capable.

At the Curb

The Disco has grown.

 

It is now almost as large as the Range Rover and 5.2 inches longer overall than the outgoing LR4. It rides on the same 115-inch wheelbase as the Range Rover and is otherwise similar in dimensions.

But it's arguably more space-efficient, especially if you need a third row, which isn't offered in the Range Rover.

And that third row is adult-friendly, a very rare find outside of leviathan class SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade ESV or the extended-wheelbase Lincoln Navigator.

The Disco also has more cargo room than the standard-wheelbase Range Rover, and virtually the same cargo room as the long-wheelbase RR. It has 45 cubic feet with the second row folded and 82.7 cubic feet with the first and second row folded, whereas the Range Rover has 32.1 feet with its second row up and 71.7 with the second row down. The long-wheelbase RR (which is 8 inches longer) maxes out at 82.8 cubic feet.

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