THERE are many ways to run the ruler over these three vehicles: performance; on-road handling; refinement; off-road ability; cabin space; equipment value; general practicality; and safety.
No vehicle here wins on all counts, but the SDV6 is outright first in performance, refinement, cabin space and off-road ability – provided the optional rear locker is fitted. It’s as good as it gets in terms of on-road handling.
But, being an old platform, the Discovery only achieves four out of five stars in the official ANCAP safety test, whereas the other two are five-starrated. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Discovery is less safe once you have an accident, it just has less safety add-ons.
Despite being the best core vehicle here, the Land Rover Discovery is weak on value for money if you’re after equipment. In fact, to option the SDV6 up to Kakadu- or Titanium-spec you’re looking at more than $100K in total. If it’s the Discovery you’re after, then it’s best to start with the $70K TDV6 and option from there given that SDV6 performance isn’t hard to achieve.
In this company the Kakadu wins hands-down in all-round practicality and is equal first in safety, but if it’s a leather-equipped luxury Prado you’re after you’d probably be better off with a VX. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Kakadu, but it’s not weighed down with stuff you don’t want. And it’s $10K cheaper than a Kakadu!
The Titanium’s trump card is its equipment, where it’s a standout at the price. Importantly, all of the Titanium’s extra kit over the Trend (bar the 20s) are meaningful additions.
This is something you can’t say about the extra kit of the Kakadu versus the VX. And it’s easy enough to ditch the Titanium 20s for the 17s or 18s on lowerspec models.
No vehicle here wins on all counts, but the SDV6 is outright first in performance, refinement, cabin space and off-road ability
Deep pockets are needed to land one of these highend off-roaders, but you’ll see the outback in style!