Top tech will keep fam­ily happy

The Chronicle - - Motors - By Mike Tor­pey

THE per­fect all-round fam­ily car may once have been a mid-size hatch­back from a vol­ume man­u­fac­turer, but times have changed.

There’s a new prin­ci­pal on the podium and it’s cool, con­nected and – with all the high-class ex­tras added on – quite costly.

En­ter the new fifth gen­er­a­tion Land Rover Dis­cov­ery, ar­guably the best ve­hi­cle yet to emerge from the Soli­hull sta­ble and as adept cruis­ing the lanes and mo­tor­ways of Bri­tain as it is squelch­ing through mud and clam­ber­ing over rocks.

But while the lat­est Disco has enough hard­ware to in­ter­est NASA, the tra­di­tional stuff may not now nec­es­sar­ily be the model’s great­est sell­ing point.

That’s be­cause the Dis­cov­ery has gone dig­i­tal in a ma­jor way, now com­ing chock-a-block with a dizzy­ing amount of dig­i­tal tech for the mod­ern fam­ily on the move.

That means room for four iPads in the cen­tre con­sole, mounts for two more on the back of the front seats, 12-volt power sock­ets for ev­ery­one on board, nine USB ports and enough Wi-Fi to con­nect eight hand­held de­vices.

And if that’s still not enough then there’s the InCon­trol Touch Pro in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with 10-inch touch­screen in the dash, an­other pair of screens for mid­dle row pas­sen­gers and a smart­phone dock­ing sta­tion.

Smart stuff from a car that con­tin­ues to prove a game-changer.

The lat­est Land Rover Dis­cov­ery

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