2017 Land Rover Discovery earns top results in latest Euro NCAP tests, but it wasn't without its problems.
With seven full-sized adult seats, the versatile Discovery also provides up to five ISOFIX mounting points. New Discovery features ISOFIX capability for the front passenger seat, outer second-row seats and both third-row seats. The vehicle equipped with a comprehensive range of cutting-edge safety features including Pedestrian Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which can automatically apply full emergency braking when it detects a collision risk with a pedestrian in the road ahead.
The Discovery also has the latest active safety systems. A forward-facing stereo camera next to the rear-view mirror underpins Land Rover’s acclaimed AEB technology. The system, which operates at speeds ranging from 5km/h to 80km/h, calculates the distance of objects ahead and applies full emergency braking to avoid or mitigate an impact if it detects a collision risk.
Models fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control also feature Advanced Emergency Brake Assist, which uses the forward-facing radar to detect vehicles moving in the same direction. If a car ahead brakes suddenly the driver is alerted and the system will automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to react.
“Jaguar Land Rover has an ambitious programme of new model releases in the coming years,” Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said. “We hope that this challenging schedule and tight development times do not compromise the safety of the vehicles offered, and we hope that they will take our findings onboard.”
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery was barely enough to earn a five-star rating, there were some issues noted by Euro NCAP. For instance, insufficient pressure caused the driver’s airbag of the Discovery to bottom out in the frontal offset test while the driver’s door was unlatched during the side barrier test. The vehicle scored 90 percent for Adult protection; 80 percent for Child protection; 75 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 73 percent Safety Assist technologies.