LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
They're calling it the best family SUV in the world. Let's get one thing out of the way from the get-go: the boxy look of its predecessors may have been ditched in favour of more aerodynamic and, yes, trendy lines in keeping with the Discovery Sport model below and the Range Rover above, but the uncompromising off-road ability remains. Yet on-road, the new Discovery is so refined that you begin to wonder how the flagship Range Rover will top this when it's due for replacement. Versatility and modern tech are hallmarks of the interior design. Significantly, there's a seven-seat option and, having shared the third row of seats with a colleague, I can vouch for the set-up being surprisingly comfortable and spacious. There's as much as 2 500 litres of luggage space, up to nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points, an in-car 3G Wi-fi hotspot for up to eight devices and world-first first remote Intelligent Seat Fold tech that you can operate from your smartphone. Drivetrain upgrades include All-terrain Progress Control (ATPC), a kind of crawl-speed cruise control – all you need do is steer – that makes it practically unstoppable. Trademark design features, like the stepped roofline and stadium seating, are still there. And a nifty fold-down powered “inner tailgate” panel that can hold up to 300 kg substitutes for the previous split tailgate. Engines are six- cylinder petrol or diesel with 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Price: from R980 000