David Lin­klater.

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

I’ve just com­pleted 1000km in two days in the lat­est Land Rover Dis­cov­ery. The last­ing im­pres­sion from my road trip is how much it feels like the full-size Range Rover to drive.

No, that’s not right. Re­vi­sion: the last­ing im­pres­sion I have from my road trip is how much harder it now is to jus­tify the pur­chase of a full-size Range Rover, which costs an­other $50k in TD6 turbo-diesel form.

This should not sur­prise. The Dis­cov­ery HSE TD6 is based on sim­i­lar alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture to the Range Rover. It has the same en­gine and shares much of its chas­sis tech­nol­ogy. Land Rover has de­lib­er­ately moved the Disco up­mar­ket with this model, in search of con­quest lux­ury-SUV sales. Any­way, I just loved the way the Disco surfed along on its 600Nm of torque, that seam­less eight-speed trans­mis­sion and es­pe­cially the ride and han­dling.

In­deed, it was the de­meanour of the chas­sis that most re­minded me of the big Rangie. Land Rover (the com­pany, not the range of ve­hi­cles) has the knack of mak­ing SUVs that are de­li­ciously soft on the road, but with lit­tle of the fid­gety lat­eral move­ment that af­flicts so many hard-core off-road ve­hi­cles on tar­mac.

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