The fifth-generation of the Land Rover Discovery Commercial is now on sale, a couple of years after the demise of the last generation. Sales of 4×4 Commercials have slumped since the British company withdrew the Defender from sale in 2016, but its hoped this new launch could liven the segment which is currently dominated by the Mitsubishi Shogun.
Land Rover Discovery Commercial engine
Fourteen years on from its debut, Ford’s veteran 3.0-litre ‘AJD’ V6 diesel is still available on the Discovery Commercial producing 258hp and an eye-watering 600Nm. However, JLR’s very own 2.0-litre ‘Ingenium’ SD4 engine is now also available, capable of an also respectable 240hp and 500Nm.
Both engines are hooked to ZF’s 8-speed automatic transmission, which is renowned for its smoothness and responsiveness. The Discovery Commercial comes with four-wheel drive and a twin-speed transfer box as standard.
Loading and towing
Measuring 1,635mm long, 939mm high by 1,411mm wide, the Discovery Commercial offers 1,856 litres (1.8 cubic metres) of load volume. The load area can be accessed via the two side doors or the large (1,000mm by 735mm) powered tailgate. Payloads vary between 650 and 700kg and there is a 3.5t towing capacity.
The is a black, hard-wearing plastic flooring with grooves and lashing points to prevent items from sliding around, a full-height bulkhead (solid bottom and mesh at the top) and blacked-out windows for better security.
Entry-level ‘S’ models come with 19-inch alloy wheels, 12-way adjustable seats, leather steering wheel, air-conditioning and a variety of safety systems including autonomous braking, lane departure warning, cruise control and speed limiter.
JLR’s InControl Touch infotainment is also standard across the range, which uses gestures like touch, swipe and pinch-to-zoom to intuitively control media and settings. It comes with an eight-inch displace, DAB radio, voice recognition, Bluetooth and Smartphone mirror-linking.
Moving up to the mid-range SE, customers also receive satellite navigation, LED headlights, heated seats, folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a 250kW sound system, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting and Pro Services and WiFi Hotspot.
Flagship HSE models gets a huge boost in spec, including 20-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, leather seats, keyless entry and start, blind spot monitor, reversing camera, adaptive speed limiter and a 380kW ‘Meridian’ sound system.
Priced from £48,695 on the road (including VAT at £8,066.67), the Discovery Commercial is by far the most expensive vehicle in its class. Service intervals are set at 21,000 miles or two years, and there is a three year, unlimited mileage warranty.