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Ticks all the right boxes:Land Rover Discovery 4

24.06.2016

It’s a good ol’ Landy is what this is. The face-lifted Discovery 4 may not smack you in the face with new features, or even vastly different looks, but what it does do is continue to offer versatility and exceptional capability. Looking for something in which to do the school lift club? Check. Want to tackle some sub-Saharan overlanding? Check. Want to impress the boys down at Country Club? Check. It really does the lot.

On the outside

As I mentioned there isn’t a lot different here. The headlights have been revised, probably the most obvious change in this facelift. They seem to sparkle even in the daytime, giving the Disco real presence. Otherwise it’s business as usual which means typically boxy dimensions and uncompromising expanses of metal.

On the inside

It’s really a nice place to sit, especially when spec’d with two tone cream and black leather. Being a Discovery, the great outdoors is taken into account so you’ll find the buttons and dials are nice and chunky should the weather require gloves. A split folding rear tailgate makes for the perfect perch on which to watch the sun go down, while floor mats are like big rubber trays to make cleanup a breeze. There’s 7 seats too, offering good people carrying ability, while still retaining a decent boot space.

Behind the wheel

With its massive wheel, lazy engine and arm rests its a struggle to be stressed out in the Disco whether you’re rushing to an important board meeting or ploughing through the middle of nowhere. In fact my only complaint lies with the gearbox, it is just way too dopey. When you press the accelerator precious seconds are lost before any forward momentum is experienced.

For nothing more than interests sake, the Disco 4’s 3.0 turbo diesel offers up 183kW and 600Nm. Sounds a lot, but it does tip the scales at 2.5 tons.

Pricing

At just shy of R1.1 million I wouldn’t call the Disco 4 cheap, but it’s in line with so called competitors like the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Merc GL. Jeep’s Grand Cherokee is a bit cheaper. If you’re the adventurous type the Disco is the only one for you (or perhaps the Jeep). If kerb hopping is your idea of roughing it, then it’s a bit more of a toss up.

Verdict

Clearly I liked the Discovery 4. It really does offer up the works in terms of functionality, capability and style, making it the most compelling vehicle in the segment.

Article written by Miles Downard
24.06.2016
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