Freight ex­pec­ta­tions

Re­newed Dis­cov­ery trans­ports the team to the re­motest venue

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR

MUMS on the school run in well-heeled ar­eas are in a tizz be­cause the sleek new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery looks smaller than the box-shaped sev­enseater it re­places. How are they go­ing to ferry a squad of kids to week­end sports?

The cri­sis hasn’t prompted an emer­gency meet­ing of the P and C yet but some are al­ready look­ing at al­ter­na­tives.

The out­go­ing “Disco” has been around for 13 years, so there is a lot rid­ing on this new model.

That’s why this drive starts in the back seat.

“Surely Land Rover couldn’t be so stupid as to make the back seat smaller,” says mother of four Julie, the fu­ri­ous owner of an old model want­ing to up­date.

“All the mums are talk­ing about it.”

Julie, there is good news. The third row seats are big enough for two 180cm-plus adults. There’s enough head and knee­room to spare (about 10cm each way) and feet fit eas­ily un­der the se­cond row seat.

There may not be quite as much room as be­fore in the cor­ners of the roof but over­all there’s more than enough for a fam­ily seven-seater.

To make clam­ber­ing into the third row eas­ier, the se­cond row slides well for­ward, though the rear is still bet­ter suited to nim­ble kids than tired adults.

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