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Despite weighing the best part of three tonnes, the Discovery’s suspension manages the car’s mass – and height – with unerring precision, consistency and control. However, the almost sports-saloon levels of roadholding and agility found in the likes of the Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne remain beyond the capabilities of the Land Rover.

Ride comfort is everything in this car. Both large and medium-sized intrusions are dismissed with silent disdain, and the Discovery's motorway ride is excellent thanks mainly to the sheer mass that's moving down the road.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The Disco's roll rate and steering rack speed seem perfectly matched; you never end up scraping the door mirrors on walls

Only very sharp, small irregularities catch the car off-guard and send a shimmy through the bodyshell, and you will of course have the characteristic wallow of a big, heavy SUV – but for most this will be an expected trait rather than a negative observation.

More difficult to pin down is the way the Discovery seems to always be at a saunter, regardless of where the speedo needle is pointing: this is a chassis that never allows itself to be flustered on-road and whose limiting factor is grip.

There’s a margin of stabilising understeer and on wet asphalt it doesn’t take too much effort to have the DSC stability system chiming in. But overall, the car’s imperturbability is mightily impressive. More impressive still is how manageable Land Rover makes this car for one so massive.

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