LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4 TDV6
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