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VALUE Looks good on pa­per, then there’s its iron-fist-vel­vet-glove rep­u­ta­tion. Clear ac­cent on bal­anc­ing city and hard-core off-road work but can't match Jeep lux­ury yet. Durable pack­age, sen­si­ble equip­ment. No capped ser­vice but a long an­nual/26,000km ser­vice in­ter­val. Re­sale: 63 per cent. DE­SIGN Good-look­ing, with com­fort­able cabin. Seven seats are a fam­ily lure. Hor­i­zon­tal split tail­gate adds to ver­sa­til­ity while lug­gage ca­pac­ity is up to 1192L. Log­i­cal dash de­sign and elec­tric park brake ap­peal as does am­ple stor­age. Side and front vi­sion are good but lack of rear cam­era is a hand­i­cap. TECH­NOL­OGY The 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo diesel (155kW/520Nm) is a de­tuned ver­sion of that in other Disco mod­els. But eight-speed auto, five-mode Ter­rain Re­sponse and height-ad­justable elec­tronic air sus­pen­sion re­main. Two-speed trans­fer box is aided by an elec­tronic rear diff and cen­tre diff. Disco is rated at 8.5L/100km from an 82-litre tank. Vented discs all-round, steer­ing is hy­draulic as­sist. SAFETY No crash test re­sult. For the 2014 model year, Disco gets six airbags, rear park sen­sor, heated mir­rors, auto wipers and elec­tronic as­sis­tance in­clud­ing trailer sway con­trol, rollover sta­bil­ity, hill de­scent and hill holder, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol. Full-size spare.

DRIV­ING Feels as solid as a rock and in­spires more con­fi­dence than Jeep. De­spite two tur­bos, has an­noy­ing lag at low en­gine revs. Eight ra­tios a big boon. Ride is firm but con­trolled though seats aren't as com­fort able as Jeep. Ex­cels in dirt, as does Over­land.

They're from op­po­site sides of the pond but tech­ni­cally they’re re­mark­ably sim­i­lar. NEIL DOWLING com­pares

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