Land Rover’s mid-life Discovery knows its buyer but won’t travel far in a hybrid world

The new D250 only modestly improves fuel economy but remains a luxurious option for families and those looking for a sturdy workhorse

The Land Rover Discovery D250: prices start from €109,279

The Land Rover Discovery is a large and premium seven-seat SUV that dates back to the late eighties. Through three generations, it has straddled the notional divide between the sensible Land Rover line-up and the luxury-orientated Range Rover brand, and now there’s a refreshed model on the market to remind buyers of its existence.

Somewhat surprisingly, there’s little sign of a move to electrification in this mid-life update, as there are no hybrid or plug-in ...