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Land Rover 14MY Discovery 4 TDV6
- Vital Stats
$69,200 - $82,570
- Untested by ANCAP
The Landrover Discovery 14MY
Mummy-mobiles can be so dowdy nowadays. What with all those kids and doors to weigh your image down, it’s enough work to keep your mojo intact, let alone your car getting in on the act.
So if you are in the market for a seven seater (read family car) but want to maintain your pre-children signature style and still demand comfort, quality and class (along with lots of wiggle room front and back for your brood) then the Discovery 4.0 is definitely a contender we’d more than recommend.
Style and drive –
I haven’t had much to do with the Land Rover brand (other than knowing Bear Gryll's is an ambassador) but after this test-drive, I’ve been left wanting more. Much more. (The car, not Gryll's).
To start, the Land Rover is a surprisingly good-looking vehicle. For a model I’ve always thought looked a bit dated, dowdy and boxy, I was initially impressed with the cars demeanor when picked it up. To me, Land Rovers have always screamed city accountant during the week, amateur botanist on the weekend. But this one is more streamlined, sleeker and, well… cooler.
Speaking of accountants, you’d better go see one and get your finances in serious order if this baby is the car for you. The Land Rover Discovery 4 does not come cheap starting at $68,000 for the base model and reaching upwards of $82,570 if you want fries with that, but in our opinion, it’s worth every penny.
The Discovery 4 comes with dual zone climate control, 19-inch alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering wheel mounted paddles for manual-style shifting, full-size spare, rear parking sensors, eight-speaker CD stereo and automatic lights and wipers.
The extra fries on offer include a Technology Pack (think Premium Navigation, Rear View Camera, Front Parking Aid) - $4390, 7 seats (includes Third row accessory socket, head curtain airbags and map lamps) - $2500 Metallic Paint - $1800 Meridian Audio System (380 watt 11 speaker Audio System) -
$1750 Active Rear E-differential - $1060 Xenon Headlights with Signature DRLs - $750 Leather seat pack (Manual) - $700 Cosmic Grey Painted Trim Finisher (door inserts and facia upper trim) - $42.
It’s luxury all the way in the Discover 4 with an interior so comfortable you’ll feel like you don’t even need to pitch a tent when you arrive at your weekend camping destination. In fact, you may want to move right in permanently. A high roof gives you the impression of spaciousness and the leather seats are deliciously decadent and inviting. The dash and centre console are functional and well thought out with more left over room than Giuliana Rancic in a size 6 romper. Ditto the boot and legroom.
For a big car, the drive is smooth, yet powerful with the height of the Discovery ensuring you can see well above the traffic in preparation to any potential traffic problems ahead. If feeling in control is your thing, the Discovery delivers. A reverse camera situated in the middle of the dash alleviates any fears about parking such a large car.
Not yet tested in Australia by ANCAP, the Discovery does come with all the safety equipment you would expect. There are eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, trailer sway control, roll mitigation and stability control.
Fuel consumption is 8.8 litres/100km.
Entry level $68,490 (plus on-road costs).
Describe the car in three words –
Classy, spacious, prestigious.
What are the best things about the car –
The quality and height of the vehicle makes you feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the road.
The downsides –
What does it run on? –
Liked it? – Really. Liked. It.
If personified, who would this car be? -
Heidi Klum, a classy super model who is refreshingly down to earth yet doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.