Land Rover Discovery 4 review |

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Land Rover Discovery


On the open road the Discovery 4 is settled, composed and a great quieter in the cabin than the model. Photo Gallery

Hepworth road tests and the Land Rover Discovery 4 at its launch.

Land Rover has up big on the newest generation of the Discovery in Scotland this week.

the exterior changes have all about easing the visual of the car more horizontal lines than vertical, less in colour tonings, a bit more and jewellery to suggest form than function it is in the platform and the interior styling where the big has gone.

A long day spent through a variety of conditions from motorway cruising negotiating twisting highland roads to deep river and clawing through some of the stickiest mud in creation gave the 4 every opportunity to fall of the target, but it didn’t.

At the heart of the engineering revisions are a of new in-house designed engines, a 5-litre direct injection V8 276kW and 510Nm and a sublime twin turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 180kW and a monstrous of torque delivered with efficiency.

Both engines make it to Australia, the V8 replacing the 4.4-litre at the top of the model range the new diesel will be offered in SE and HSE trim while the current diesel will be retained in the line-up as the entry-level offering.

The new V8 was not to drive at the launch event but a day spent in the company of the diesel it increasingly difficult to mount an as to why you would favour the big petrol

Getting the new engines’ performance to the was a priority during development the result that a raft of to the suspension architecture a new knuckle to improve roll rates and stability, stiffer anti-roll new bushes and dampers to improve quality a redesign of the steering to give a more direct and feel at highway speeds and precision for low-speed off-road and a much more effective and brake package upgraded to a that matches the outgoing Rover stoppers.

The brilliant Response system first on the outgoing model as off-roading for has also come in for refinements. are still the five settings for grass and snow, mud and ruts, and rock crawling but there been a couple of key improvements.

A launch function has been into the sand settings to the need to feather the throttle driving away and lower the of digging in while a gentle braking application has been into rock crawling 5km/h in first gear or to increase stability.

On the open the Discovery 4 is more settled, and a great deal quieter in the than the outgoing model.

is less nervousness abolut the and subsequently greater confidence to the car to flow through sections previously the body roll and vagueness would have cause for pause.

Off the made surfaces the Discovery displays the no-nonsense abilties have built the legend of the but without some of the rougher The dial and drive capability of the response system is nothing of magic. The vehicle’s dynamic to varying conditions are effectively and all the driver need do is use a degree of to look like a life-long expert.

Inside the revised and dash layout is functional and to take in. All the key control points easily to hand, the terrain control dial has been forward, the gear-shift placement and the dash console inclined towards the driver.

There is a new design with an extended cushion and height adjustable restraints. That change is to disappoint some traditionalists as it at the cost the seat-mounted grab-handles.

For the first time the Discovery with keyless start and it wins a larger touch-screen system, some extra bins and full i-Pod with full control the centre console or steering buttons. That is all very and friendly but Land Rover’s value is its ability to go almost and get back again. The Discovery 4 has none of that.

Pricing and specifications will be confirmed to the car’s local release this year.


Comments on this story

4 has some dumb features make real offroad tyre changing risky. The tank is below the chassis in front of the R rear wheel. The air is below the chassis in front of the L wheel protected only by Both exposed to rocks etc AND the non supplied jacks typically by tyre repair outlets.

My pain $1500!

John of Perth Posted on 06 October 10:05pm

A comprehensive report that there is nothing the Disco 4#8217;s towing Mention of the braked towing and down-ball weight would be of Also how the air-bag suspension towing a caravan.

Would like to know what recommendations are regarding load-levelling

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