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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!

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