Car Reviews: Land Rover Discovery 3 HSE TDV6 – The AA

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Radical sets Discovery apart competition Peerless off-road Genuine seven-seat capability improved on-road ride its predecessor


Marque concerns remain, and the Discovery 3 is a car Petrol V8 is very thirsty and low-down torque of diesel fascia contains too much and the various electronic displays a cohesive design A big, car, the Discovery could awkward on the school run

Bigger, and packed with more than its predecessor, Land Discovery 3 is a car that makes the firm’s ultra-modern Range look conservative. Striking aside, the Discovery 3 is a car that how it should be done off road, banishing the demons of the company’s and delivering an impressive on road

It’s a long time Land Rover had a monopoly what we now call the Sport Vehicle (SUV) market. years have seen the of more refined and road-orientated from the likes of BMW, Toyota and Volvo. In the midst of invasion was Land Rover’s and it wasn’t long before the shortcomings became obvious.

the venerable Discovery was a competent but it’s an oft-recited observation few people buying these actually use them as their intended. Getting left was never an option for Land which is why the firm’s third Discovery is being sold as a all-rounder – peerless off and equal to anything on road.

Just for good measure, and no to attract young, cash-rich the Discovery 3 has been styled to like something not from the century but the 25th, all the while more technology than the Shuttle. All this adds up to a that remains faithful to Rover’s mud-plugging brand and takes the fight to the various that have been valuable sales.

Throw in a seating system mirroring of a full-size MPV and the Discovery 3’s tag doesn’t sound so silly. Yes a big car, but so is Renault’s Grand You can’t traverse muddy in an Espace, nor can you safely tow a heavy in slippery conditions. Boasting level of versatility, Land third generation 4×4 is designed to appeal to a much audience.

All that remains is for the to assure buyers that the woes of the past have banished for good.

Our verdict on the Land Rover 3 HSE TDV6

An exceptional product an exceptional company. No longer a sensible and slightly clunky SUV, the Discovery is now a car to rival estates and MPVs in terms of refinement, desirability and versatility. with the introduction of some technology, it makes off-roading and safer.


Make no a Discovery will never be a car to run. Although the price of the model makes it exceptional for money, running costs be more than for the average estate. Servicing and insurance fuel will be a major – especially if you opt for the thirsty V8.

Even the diesel likes a a factor made worse if you do a lot of or motorway driving. That for what the Discovery offers, the is significantly cheaper than an X5. The BMW may more of its value for longer but not as versatile.

Space and practicality

its predecessor, the Discovery 3 boasts a amount of room for its occupants. model aside, which only five seats, the seven seat configuration is practical and easily accommodates adults of average build. access to the third row requires the to be reasonably agile, once sat a long journey can be entertained a minimum of discomfort.

When not in use, the second and rows fold flat for a loadspace to rival that of a MPV or van. You access the space via a tailgate, which includes a section strong enough to be as a seat. Inside the cabin a generous scattering of cubbyholes and cup plus a particularly cavernous armrest.

Controls and display

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Aside the obvious merits of permanent drive, the Discovery 3 comes the usual array of electronic and traction aids, cleverly to the provide a rapid response when driving off road. In the there’s the potential for as many as airbags.

Driver appeal

were never meant to be fun to but BMW changed all that with its X5. The SUV may drive like a sports but it lacks the ability to plug mud. The Discovery does things exceptionally well, there is a clear bias being able to plug mud than its rivals.

The compromise is noticeable, but only if you the Discovery hard. In normal its fluid ride and the ability to corners at car-like speeds are It’s surprisingly nimble town and also boasts a turning circle. Off road it its opponents – its limits are far than that of the average – and takes the slipperiest and hills in its stride.

When with Land Rover’s Response system, you can choose a selection of different surfaces sand, rocks etc) and tune suspension, gearbox and actions for even better of performance.

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Quality and image

Rover has suffered in recent with a reputation for building that weren’t always up to – just ask owners of the generation Discovery. Assurances been made by the firm and huge leaps in quality and have been made. visual clues such as cabin plastics in the Discovery 3 that Land Rover has on buyer and press criticism.

the car has always commanded a loyal and is often held up as a ‘proper’ 4×4 in the face of BMW’s X5 and ML-Class ‘soft roaders’.


You’ll notice a step up into the Discovery any 4×4 of this size always force occupants to an extra effort to gain to the cabin. Unlike most Discoverys with air suspension can be to reduce the effort required, will be a welcome feature for agile passengers. Once the amount of room available both fore and aft – is

The rearmost seats will accommodate two adults, although could be more dignified as you past the second row to get out. to the boot is improved over the car. In place of the side door is a split tailgate the spare wheel has moved the boot floor to accommodate feature.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

A CD system is standard fit on the Discovery 3, various added value on offer depending on trim and the options list. Such include an in-dash CD changer, cinema-style sound set-up, screen sat-nav and a phone With the basic controls on the steering wheel, operating the components on the move is easy.

Alas, the fascia mounted are less inspiring, as you’re with a sea of buttons and a distinctly low LCD display that jars the colour screen of the sat-nav it. It’s not all bad as passengers in the back have access to separate via headphones.

Rivalling MPVs for and versatility the Discovery is leagues of the competition

Colours and trim

For a in flagship spec at least, a price tag close to that of a Rover the trim options are a bit of a let down. Land Rover has luxurious wood in favour of practical, albeit high plastics for the cabin – it utilitarian chic, if you like. The is largely successful but not what expect on a car costing what it At least leather is available for the

Outside, the Discovery 3 looks in light colours. Darker aren’t as flattering and the contrast sheet metal and the practical, plastic trim can be lost.

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