The all-new Land Rover Discovery has achieved the maximum five-star safety rating awarded by Euro NCAP, scoring 90 per-cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per-cent for child occupant protection, 75 per-cent for pedestrian protection and 73 per-cent for safety assist.
Euro NCAP testing was conducted on a right-hand-drive, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel HSE version of the seven-seat Disco, but applies to all Discovery variants, thanks in-part to their (standard) comprehensive level of electronic safety features.
Features that include Pedestrian Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which can automatically apply full emergency braking when it detects a collision risk with a pedestrian.
Discovery is also equipped with four ISOFIX mounting points, including ISOFIX capability for the outer second-row seats and both third-row seats.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Discovery has always been a much loved member of the family and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology. Safety and capability have been at the core of the Discovery DNA – they are fundamental priorities and key motivators for our engineering.
“We have a history of introducing new safety technologies, such as Anti-Lock Brakes fitted to an SUV for the first time in 1989, so it’s only right New Discovery continues to lead the way with new safety-focused technologies that meet and exceed global safety standards, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Our priority is to protect both the occupants of our cars and other road users, providing peace of mind for our customers.”
In addition to a high level of crash protection, Land Rover’s new Discovery is fitted with a forward-facing stereo camera next to the rear-view mirror that works in conjunction with the 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.
Higher spec 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.
Optional safety features include, adaptive LED Headlamps with five modes to suit different driving conditions and Automatic High Beam technology, to reduce glare for oncoming drivers. There’s also a Driver Condition Monitor that senses driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected.
A 360-degree Surround Camera System will warn the driver of the presence of other vehicles when exiting blind junctions and during low-speed maneuvers, while Lane Keep Assist detects unintentional lane drift, applying corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position if required.
The Euro NCAP testing revealed two issues worth noting, one being insufficient pressure in the driver’s airbag that resulted in the crash dummies head bottoming out on the steering wheel. The other being a failure of the driver’s side door to stay latched in the barrier test. The Disco’s overall score was marked down for these two failings.
The all-new Land Rover Discovery range will be priced from $66,000 in Australia and is expected to go on-sale in July.