Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

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The Discovery 4 looks like a pretty menacing sight due to its height and length however it is nothing more than a big car, in fact on a brisk run from Ballyhalbert to Groomsport in the rain I was pleasantly shocked at just how well this 4×4 handles, I would dare to say better than some big cars on the roads these days and I will admit it cornered better than my eight year old German estate car!

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

Considering the weight of this Land Rover, this is testament to the air suspension and chassis strength which only really comes into itself when away from the tarmac and onto the rough stuff where the Terrain Response system comes to fruition.

This system can be activated via a button in front of the gear selector knob and allows you to choose the best setting for the terrain you are about to cross. There is a low range option on the gearbox as well as hill decent control and once I settled into the Ireland Offroad Experience track that meanders around the stunning Clandeboye Estate I thoroughly enjoyed what the Discovery 4 is capable of.

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

When driving, the Discovery 4 doesn’t feel anywhere near as big as it looks and with full heated leather throughout it was an absolute joy to be in, even when crossing the many log bridges and driving through the floods within the estate it was as comfortable as a memory foam mattress.

Speaking of comfort, just looking at plush materials can make one feel comfortable and the dash of this HSE model tested isn’t even of the “soft touch” materials, oh no it was lovingly covered in leather and the quality didn’t stop there, the infotainment system was fantastic and incredibly easy to use with DAB radio, Bluetooth, reverse camera and USB connectivity etc.

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

Front and rear room was tremendous and with “stadium seating” it allows those in the rear a good chance to keep an eye on the road ahead and the sixth and seventh seats that popped up from the boot floor offered adult sized comfort making this a perfectly usable seven seater.

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

With the rear seats folded down the boot of the Discovery 4 can only be described as a garden shed, it’s huge with more than enough room for a few Labrador retrievers, shotguns and the quarry of the day from a local estate or even a nice stag for the country stalker.

With a 3.5 Ton towing capacity this versatile Land Rover is perfect for anyone with horses, cattle or indeed a large boat or racing car with the boot space for plenty of spares and tools. I can’t imagine anything else being more capable or comfortable in the sector than the Discovery for towing and spending time in.

The 3.0 TD V6 engine is incredibly quite and smooth, combined with the automatic gearbox propelled this test model very well indeed and with absolute ease, which is understandable when reading that it produces 255bhp with 443lb/ft. The stated MPG figures in the brochure are fantasy however with real world figures being mid to late twenties over the few days I had the pleasure of driving it.

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

Pricing for the Discovery 4 starts from just over £41k for an SE model, rising to just shy of £60k before options on the HSE Luxury with this HSE model tested coming in at around £55k. Road Tax comes in at a respectable £290 / annum.

So to finish up I can say that the Discovery 4 offers an incredibly safe and confident driving experience no matter where you take it or what way you drive it and there really isn’t any terrain that it won’t be able to take you across!

Versatile Land Rover Discovery 4 on Test

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RMS Forum Comments

Woodcutter 09:06 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
Love the Disco 4!
Graham 09:17 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| Love the Disco 4!
I would genuinely have it over the Range Rover Autobiography that i reviewed, half the price and a little more practical in my eyes
Philljdm 09:25 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
Great machines . Have they stopped making them as discovery sport out now ?
Graham 09:28 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| Great machines . Have they stopped making them as discovery sport out now ?
Not that I am aware of, the Disco Sport isn't a work vehicle capable of heavy off road use, more of a well speced nice looking people carrier. Read my thoughts on the Sport here - Land Rover: A Sporting Discovery - RMS
KevM 09:34 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| Not that I am aware of, the Disco Sport isn't a work vehicle capable of heavy off road use, more of a well speced nice looking people carrier. Read my thoughts on the Sport here - Land Rover: A Sporting Discovery - RMS
I'm not even that sure of the looks of the Disco Sport, the front is Evoque (good), the rear is Kia Picanto (mess). I hope this never becomes 'the future' of Landrover...
Graham 09:38 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| I'm not even that sure of the looks of the Disco Sport, the front is Evoque (good), the rear is Kia Picanto (mess). I hope this never becomes 'the future' of Landrover...
As a leisure vehicle it's bang on i feel, i like the look of it and the way it drove on the road but it's not a work vehicle which is what LR's are about to me, jeepers even seen a brand new Rangie pulling a cattle trailer the other day
Mr.Mint 09:52 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
It looks so much better than the Sport Version.
Coog 10:27 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
Lovely machines and I really like them, but it's been a long time since any Discovery has been capable of proper 'heavy offroad' use IMO. First and last time a newish Disco went offroading with us it literally fell to pieces and then got stuck and it was a bit of a disaster to recover due to the weight. The old ones had their issues and were not great to drive but they did (and still do) the offroad thing very well (when they're working). The new ones do what they're designed to do very well though, no doubt about it.
Graham 10:31 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| Lovely machines and I really like them, but it's been a long time since any Discovery has been capable of proper 'heavy offroad' use IMO. First and last time a newish Disco went offroading with us it literally fell to pieces and then got stuck and it was a bit of a disaster to recover due to the weight. The old ones had their issues and were not great to drive but they did (and still do) the offroad thing very well (when they're working). The new ones do what they're designed to do very well though, no doubt about it.
with proper tyres fitted these are just about as capable as a defender
Coog 10:48 | Tue 15 Dec, 2015 | Report
| with proper tyres fitted these are just about as capable as a defender
We'll have to agree to disagree on that. A defender is lighter, has more clearance and has better approach and departure angles. All the switches and gadgets (or tyres for that matter) in the world won't help when you get the belly or bumpers hung up on something.


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