Anyone towing with Landrover Discovery 5

Tirril replied on 10/06/2019 19:58

Posted on 10/06/2019 19:58

I would like to hear from anyone towing with the current Discovery using the 2-0 litre 240HP engine. I currently have a large caravan, plated to 2,000 kg but loaded to about 1900kg. Whilst I could go for the 3-0 litre version the current hostility against large diesels (even E6 engines is making me consider going for the smaller engine). Any experience of performance, pulling power, economy etc would be appreciated.

MollysMummy replied on 10/07/2019 21:55

Posted on 10/07/2019 21:44 by Tirril

By way of update I test drove the Discovery 5 in 2-0lt form it seemed reasonably lively solo. However as I am towing about 1950 kg I went for the 3-0lt V6 which certainly has a lot pulling power. The mpg solo on decent running is 34.8mpg - mainly rural and motorways - The official mpg figures make the 2-0lt version only 3mpg better than the V6. A previous D4 averaged 30mpg solo and 24-25mpg towing. I expect the D5 will be at least match this, perhaps even a couple of miles better. Generally large engines suffer less in towing mpg reduction.

Incidentally on the reliability points made above this is my 6 LR over 26 years all of which have been extremely reliable. I only had one non-standard service bill when a Discovery 200 needed new telescopic front dampers at 5 years old which were not that expensive. 

Posted on 10/07/2019 21:55

You know it makes sense 😊

SpenceT replied on 14/07/2019 11:04

Posted on 10/06/2019 21:42 by lornalou1

Agree with MM. you will also find that the 3lt will be better on fuel than the 2 pulling a heavy van. less effort and no need for foot to floor. my 3lt Jeep V6 uses the same amount as urban driving when towing so quite happy about that. mines a 2000kg van.

Posted on 14/07/2019 11:04

towing 2000kg my old 2.1 250d Merc was more fuel efficient than my current 3.0 merc.

 

DS3 replied on 18/07/2019 19:44

Posted on 18/07/2019 19:44

Like all Land Rovers, they will tow well, but my god that new Discovery is hideous! If I end up behind one, I either have to overtake it, or pull over and let them go. I simply cannot follow one because of the wonky rear end. How anyone can have one in their driveway, I have no idea. I have a lifetime love of Land Rovers, but the new Discovery is a huge mistake and there is better and cheaper out there.

ocsid replied on 18/07/2019 20:32

Posted on 08/07/2019 11:35 by Rufs

read the reviews re Discoveries before you take the plunge, I have had 2, never again, last one cost me nearly £4k for new gear box, transfer box, and clutch at a tad over 100,000 miles on the clock, towing now with a Sorento, not big enough for your needs but in the reliability stakes beats the discovery hands down, i remember seeing this statement

"discoveries are the best off roaders in the world, simply because they spend so much time at the repairerers"

just a thought

 

Posted on 18/07/2019 20:32

When did a Discovery last have a clutch?

I thought it was back during the D3 days they dropped them, certainly the D5 never has been offered here with one.

Goldie146 replied on 19/07/2019 11:58

Posted on 18/07/2019 19:44 by DS3

Like all Land Rovers, they will tow well, but my god that new Discovery is hideous! If I end up behind one, I either have to overtake it, or pull over and let them go. I simply cannot follow one because of the wonky rear end. How anyone can have one in their driveway, I have no idea. I have a lifetime love of Land Rovers, but the new Discovery is a huge mistake and there is better and cheaper out there.

Posted on 19/07/2019 11:58

We bought a new Discovery earlier this year, and initially the shape put me off. I loved our previous one (Discovery 4) - but I have been won over and accept that different is not necessarily bad. My husband tells me the rear end has been likened to Kim Kardashian’s rear end. 

Everything else is better!

MollysMummy replied on 19/07/2019 12:16

Posted on 14/07/2019 11:04 by SpenceT

towing 2000kg my old 2.1 250d Merc was more fuel efficient than my current 3.0 merc.

 

Posted on 19/07/2019 12:16

And my new 3.0 tow car is more fuel efficient than my last 3.0 tow car (R320 vs ML350) 🙄

Whittakerr replied on 19/07/2019 12:39

Posted on 19/07/2019 12:39

I’ve just changed my car and spent a long time deciding between the new discovery and a BMW X5. Eventually plumped for the X5. Nothing in it on price for the specs I was looking at, the X5 suited my requirements better, don’t need 7 seats ever, JRL told me I would have to pay extra for any tariffs that may be applied (due to Brexit)  between order and delivery, BMW said the price at order would be the price I pay no matter what. The main thing that swung it was the reputation for JLR reliability and customer service. They wouldn’t even let me have a test dive without the sales rep setting in!

The 3l diesel X5 tows like a dream.

By the way when talking to the JLR rep he told be plans were being made to revise the back end with a central number plate.