If this sounds like the exposure of a terrible flaw in the Discovery’s armoury, then it certainly shouldn’t be considered that way.
Quite simply, this car has such an exceptional spread of abilities in every other area – be it on-road, up to its axles in mud, carrying a family of seven or providing a soothing ride home from work on a wet winter’s evening – that it perhaps casts an unfair light on just about the only area in which the car doesn’t excel: sheer pace.
As we’ve said, so much of this shortcoming is neutralised by the wonderful mechanical refinement that it isn’t nearly as big an issue as it could have been. But we’re still slightly concerned that people accustomed to a BMW X5 – or even a Volkswagen Tiguan – may initially think the Disco too slow.
However, were they to dismiss this car on those grounds, they’d be missing out on a superlative all-rounder: a car as interesting to look at as it is rewarding to use every day, with the potential to do useful things you never thought possible of a passenger vehicle.