Dis­cov­ery rated best by 4WD ex­perts

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - NT NEWS. CARS­guide By FRASER STRONACH www.nt­news.com.au

A Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 4 has claimed the crown of be­ing the best 4WD on the mar­ket in the an­nual Over­lan­der 4WD mag­a­zine Best of the Best awards.

Un­like the 4WD Of The Year con­test which is only open to ve­hi­cles new that year, these awards are open to any 4WD on the mar­ket no mat­ter how long ago it was re­leased.

With the cham­pion Dis­cov­ery 3 TDV6 no longer avail­able, the Best Over­all and Best Large Diesel Wagon cat­e­gories were up for grabs.

On paper the new Dis­cov­ery 4 looked the nat­u­ral can­di­date to take over from the Dis­cov­ery 3, but which Dis­cov­ery 4, given the ex­panded en­gine op­tions?

And is the Dis­cov­ery 4 re­ally bet­ter than the Dis­cov­ery 3? And what about the new Land­Cruiser Prado 150, given the 120 had come close to top­pling the Dis­cov­ery 3 in pre­vi­ous years?

What turned out was re­ally a two-part de­ci­sion. While the Dis­cov­ery 4 gath­ered suf­fi­cient ‘‘points’’ to put it in front with­out too much prob­lem, the de­ci­sion be­tween the 3.0L TDV6 and the 2.7L TDV6, the pick of the two en­gine op­tions given the cost and thirst of the new 5.0-litre V8, proved more dif­fi­cult.

For more de­tails, read Over­lan­der mag­a­zine.

The Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 4 scored top points. Pic­ture:


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