Land Rover Discovery tyres

The launch of the Discovery back in 1989 was seminal for not only Land Rover but also the car business as a whole. For the manufacturer, the Discovery’s success would prove a lifeline and the impetus for continued future growth. In wider industry terms, it would play a pioneering role in changing the face of the car market, the first entrant in what would become a massive sector.


Land Rover’s Defender was respected but utilitarian. The Discovery was a ‘lifestyle accessory’. So what if it was quickly labelled the ‘Chelsea Tractor’: it effectively paved the way for the mass-market 4×4 and SUV cars which are so common on British roads today. Featuring the technology of the Range Rover, but in a more affordable package, the car was designed as the 4×4 for everyday use. It was great off the road but adept on it; and it really did sell like hot cakes.

The millionth Discovery came off the production line in 2012. The car has been through four generations and newer models feature ‘Terrain Response’ technology to make off-road driving easy for all drivers. It really is hard to overstate the Discovery’s popularity or importance.

New models may be big and expensive but they offer the comfort of a limousine, the practicality of a family estate and go-anywhere off-road ability. It is as suited to muddy fields as it is the school run, the motorway and the King’s Road. It’s no wonder that this car is also much in demand as a used car choice.

By some considerable margin, etyres’ best-selling tyres for the Discovery are Pirelli’s Scorpion and Goodyear’s Wrangler ranges. Though the latter is available is special off-road versions, it’s the 100% road-going format which is the most popular. These and the Pirelli Scorpion will both complement the car’s performance and safety superbly. They also show that this car is used almost entirely for on-road use, even though they will support the car in occasional off-road use. Continental CrossContact and Michelin tyres come next on the list, with Nexen’s Rodian tyre, another designed for 4×4 vehicles, also worth considering. Common to all of these is a high grip rating.

A Discovery which does earn its keep in an off-road environment will benefit from the fitting of a specialist tyre. General Grabber tyres are a popular choice for these cars and are available in designs to suit different proportions of on-road and off-road use. That said, its most popular format is aimed very much at only occasional off-road use.

A number of budget and economy tyres which suit the Discovery are available. These are particularly popular for older versions of the Discovery. All come from etyres at competitive prices which include the convenience of mobile fitting.