From £37,955
New Discovery is an improvement in every area

Our Verdict

Land Rover Discovery
The Discovery really is the defining go-anywhere super-utility vehicle

The Land Rover Discovery has an unbeatable combination of practicality, off-road ability and on-road manners

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What is it?

Despite the name, this isn’t an all-new Discovery, but an extensive facelift of the Discovery 3.

The changes are more mechanical than cosmetic, and chief among them is the enlargement of the V6 diesel engine from 2.7 to 3.0 litres. Essentially this is the same engine recently fitted to the Jaguar XF, except that in the Discovery there is a single state of tune.

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With 242bhp, it sits between the lower and higher-powered XFs, but the Discovery’s 443lb ft matches that of the XF 3.0D S.

Land Rover has also tweaked the suspension (revised knuckles and thicker anti-roll bars) and steering to improve on-road dynamics, while adjusting the Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control functions to enhance the Discovery’s already impressive off-road abilities.

The exterior gets a new, more prominent grille and LED bulbs for the rear lamps and front sidelights.

Inside, the dashboard has been softened to give a more upmarket feel, while wood and leather are used more generously and keyless go has been introduced.

What’s it like?

At nearly three tonnes, the old 2.7 TDV6 Discovery could occasionally struggle, especially when adding speed at motorway speeds or overtaking.

Weighing 140kg less and with an additional 119lb ft, the Discovery 4 responds more briskly and, because you rarely have to ask everything of the engine, is a fair bit more refined.

Drive within the realms of what can be reasonably expected of a large SUV and the new Discovery can motor along with a decent mix of pace and comfort. Despite the larger engine and extra performance, economy and emissions improve by around 10 per cent.

Befitting the more polished drive, the interior does feel noticeably plusher and less cluttered, and the revised front seats offer more lateral support. Not content with a reversing camera that can help you line up a tow bar with a trailer, the new Discovery can be specified with cameras at the front and under each wing mirror. Apparently this is useful for off-roading, but also handy for parking.

While the new Discovery still trails the BMW X5 in its road manners, the alterations to the suspension mean it corners more flatly and precisely. Given the Discovery’s weight and off-road capabilities, its agility on the road is impressive. The air suspension produces a touch of fidget at slow speeds, but with speed this smoothes out nicely.

Should I buy one?

If you’d been tempted by a Discovery before, this latest version should prove even more tempting. The alterations successfully address those areas where there was room for improvement, by usefully increasing the everyday performance, upping the refinement and making it better to drive on road.

Prices have crept up slightly (more so on the cheaper models than this HSE spec), but this seems fair, given the improvements.

Jamie Corstorphine

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7 August 2009

Looks great and the interior looks excellent. The name of the 4x4 nearly has to jump onto a second line on the boot. It's like the Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDi 4Matic. Just put Discovery TDV6 HSE. We know it's a 3.0-litre Land Rover; Autocar's told us.

7 August 2009

Get over yourself Landroverhell. Every single time there's an article on them you always plug your biased, rubbish website. Move on. Get on with your life, if you have one.

7 August 2009

[quote LandRoverHell.com]

Hope this new model is more reliable than mine, or countless others, but you are still stuck with Land Rovers uninterested attitude, and trying to avoid warrant issues, for further details, please go to www.landroverhell.com

[/quote]

Oh not this again. By the way, I think you meant warranty issues, not "warrant" issues.

If you still have your Land Rover (which you obviously don't like) then sell the damn thing and buy something else. If you've already done so then stop going on about it and move on with your life. Most of us are not in the slightest bit interested in your website.

www.stopgoingonaboutyourlandroverhellwebsite.com/

7 August 2009

Autocar, I like the way you casually mention that despite the extra engine capacity and equipment, and beefed up suspension, this model weighs 140 kg less. That is not an insignificant amount, and I'd be interested in knowing how it was achieved. As for the new grille - yuk. It's more Chigwell than Cheviot.

7 August 2009

[quote noluddite], this model weighs 140 kg less. That is not an insignificant amount, and I'd be interested in knowing how it was achieved[/quote]

Agreed - is it just a lighter engine? (140kgs would be a massive saving...) or have they skimmed off other components? Saving the weight of two fully grown adults is commendable - even if it did have slightly more weight starting from than most other cars ;)

7 August 2009

Get it on a weighbridge before you decide how much less it really weighs! You'd be amazed at how many modern cars are 100kg to 200kg over their 'official' kerbweights (because everyone wants to look like their being green).

7 August 2009

I saw the new disco at the Midland Motor Show with the LED running lights on, I know they are the in thing but they still look so cheap and nasty to me, everytime I see them they just scream Nova with a massive exhaust! Maybe they will grow on me.......

they are switched off on pic but you can see them like chrismas lights starting just right of the indicator then running round and back to the top.

Here's to the crazy ones......

7 August 2009

[quote noluddite]Autocar, I like the way you casually mention that despite the extra engine capacity and equipment, and beefed up suspension, this model weighs 140 kg less.[/quote]

Absolutely - that's a pretty substantial chunk knocked off the Disco's weight, yet it's mentioned only in passing in the article. I'm glad that LR are finally looking to weight reduction to improve all aspects of their vehicles, and I hope 140kg is only the start...

7 August 2009

[quote Casanova]Absolutely - that's a pretty substantial chunk knocked off the Disco's weight, yet it's mentioned only in passing in the article. I'm glad that LR are finally looking to weight reduction to improve all aspects of their vehicles, and I hope 140kg is only the start...[/quote]

Must be all the new wood trim.. oh my God! Morgan were right all along...

Or was it the last time they took it to be weighed it still had 3 mechanics onboard trying to get the windows to work and a CD to eject...

7 August 2009

£48K !!! Not exactly an everyday 4x4 for the everyday man is it......

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