Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy

There are soft-road SUVs. There are fashion SUVs. And then there’s the Land Rover Discovery: a through-and-through SUV with all the proper 4×4 off-road bells and whistles you could wish.

For many, however, that’s not what’s going to sell the 2017 incarnation of this classic. First, the new Discovery looks like an alien race reimagined its exterior, creating a surefire head-turner (viewed from the front, at least, that rear might get looks for the wrong reasons); second, the Disco’s full 7-seat layout means it’s more than adept at karting the whole family around those country roads; and third, the interior is luxe enough so that you’ll never feel like you’re behind the wheel of a tractor.

But with the SUV sector now more competitive than ever – and with the likes of the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 perhaps more practical road options, not to mention the just-announced Range Rover Velar arguably cannibalising Jaguar Land Rover’s own range – does the 2017 Discovery earn the crown of 2017 SUV king?

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