The new Land Rover Discovery has been named the 2017 Scottish Car of the Year.
It marks the third time that a Land Rover has bagged the title after the previous generation Discovery triumphed in 2009, followed by the Range Rover Evoque in 2011.
The Discovery 5 launched in September to glowing reviews from the mainstream motoring press including a five-star write-up from Auto Express, so the SUV’s success in the awards shouldn’t have surprised anyone.
Presenting the award at Edinburgh’s Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Stephen Park, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) – which organises the annual awards ceremony – said the judging process had been tough due to the high standard of new models that have gone on sale in the last 12 months.
“From the moment ASMW members first drove the fifth-generation Discovery, they were in no doubt that it’s one exceptional vehicle,” he commented before praising its supreme off-road capability and versatility.
“We were particularly impressed by the mix of seven seater practicality coupled with luxury car refinement and incredible capability in both on and off-road situations,” Mr Park added.
As part of its win, Land Rover has provided the ASMW's chosen charity Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) with a Discovery for six months to help them operate through what could be an exceptionally tough winter.
Fifteen categories made up 2017’s Scottish Car of the Year awards with the winner of each group proceeding to be considered for the top title.
Other notable category winners in the 2017 Scottish Car of the Year awards included the BMW 5 Series (Executive), Suzuki Swift Boosterjet (Eco) and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (Family).
Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: “The Discovery was a very worthy winner but the full list of winners demonstrates the sheer scale of brilliant new cars to enter showrooms in the past year.”
2017 Scottish Car of the Year: full winners list
- Compact: Suzuki Ignis
- Supermini: Ford Fiesta
- Family: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
- Drop Top: Mazda MX-5 RF
- Executive: BMW 5 Series
- Estate: Volvo V90 Cross Country
- Compact Crossover: MINI Countryman
- Crossover: Mazda CX-5
- SUV: Land Rover Discovery
- Hot Hatch: Ford Focus RS Mountune
- Sports: McLaren 720S
- Seven-seater: Skoda Kodiaq
- Eco: Suzuki Swift Boosterjet
- Used: Skoda Yeti
- Design & Innovation: DS Automobiles Contactless Payment Car Key