The Land Rover Discovery, to no surprise, is a very nice luxury SUV. Gladly, finding places to mount a phone, tablet or GPS was fairly easy. We will spend most of the article space on smartphone mounts for a Land Rover Discovery but will also touch on mounting a Garmin GPS and a tablet.
Our typical photo of the interior of the vehicle is included and that’s a mighty nice one on the Land Rover Discovery. A respectable amount of room on the dash, a long reach to the windshield, along with traditionally shaped air vents and a useful set of cup holders.
The windshield is a good location for a smartphone or GPS on Land Rover Discovery. It’s a further reach from the driver’s seat versus most SUVs. Given the longer reach, we recommend mounts that extend towards the driver versus traditional stationary mounts.
The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones features an extendable mounting base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike stationary mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. This extension is a welcome and needed feature on the Land Rover Discovery. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones, with or without a case or skin.
Turning the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 into a dash mount is easy and on the Land Rover Discovery, there is sufficient dash room for placement. Add the The iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad for use on the dash. It’s a temporary non adhesive accessory. The bottom has a sticky surface and the top is smooth like your windshield. Be sure to clean the dash area before application to free it of dust or oil. Now stick the suction cup from the mount to the smooth surface on this dash disk. When it’s time to remove the dash pad, simply lift the tab and remove. Wash the bottom with warm soapy water and let it dry. This recharges the sticky surface. This dash disk is flexible and may suit some contoured dashboards well.
You may also want to consider an extra long suction cup solution such as the Arkon Extendable Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Mount. The cradle is spring-loaded and expands to over 7 inches . It’s going to fit most smartphones and even tablets up to an Apple iPad Mini. The mount features a metal arm that can extend from 14.5 to 18.5 inches. The cradle rotates 360 degrees so your device can be in portrait or landscape mode. The suction cup has a vacuum lock to maintain a secure connection.
The air vent will also work well. The challenge is the extension of the display just beneath the middle vents. A flush mount will not work well, so need one with an extension. We have seen this type of interior design before in several vehicles, none more notable than the bazaar shaped Nissan Murano. But don’t worry, there are mounts to accommodate this issue.
That’s where the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount comes into play. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount will hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle so has the capability to be oriented downwards towards the driver versus the roof. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a Nissan Murano successfully. So if it works on a Murano, the Land Rover Discovery should be easy.
The most forward positioned cup holder is a good location for a tablet. This location is not recommended for devices running applications like a GPS app where you need to refer to it while driving. Since it’s out of the field of view, this is better for use where the driver doesn’t need to see it while driving. Use this location for small to midsize tablets, not larger ones like the Apple iPad Pro.
Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts serve a dual purpose in that a cradle for a phone and a tablet are included. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known of that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. You will not find a universal cradle that fits phones and large tablets. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches.
If looking to entertain the back seat passengers with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.
Couldn’t find a CD Player in this Land Rover Discovery and it looks like this isn’t available in most Land Rover vehicles so we know that location is out.
In summary, most traditional locations seem to be good choices on a Land Rover Discovery. For the phone, the windshield and vent are the best places. On the tablet, go with cup holder for apps that don’t require you to see them while driving. If it’s a tablet for back seat passengers, use the headrest mount. And, if you’re still attached to your Garmin GPS, use a windshield or vent mount.