ROAD TEST: Land Rover Discovery S D300

It is immensely reassuring behind the wheel of the all-terrain legend that is the Land Rover Discovery.

You might never venture over terrain more difficult than a muddy field, a sandy beach, or a flooded or icy stretch of road in your “Disco”, but you can relax knowing that under your hood is a world champion.

Push a button, turn a dial and the Discovery will be set to face anything. Alternatively, under normal road conditions, just select the automatic button and let this extraordinary vehicle do its job.

But Discovery is more than tackling extreme weather conditions and surfaces.

With massive pulling power and the ability to swallow an entire load of luggage or carry up to seven people, it has a very British charm that has made it endearing to legions of explorers, families and people. farmers.

Sitting above the Discovery Sport and Defender and below the Range Rover Sport in the JLR stable, the Discovery is now also a digital masterpiece. It’s so user-friendly, using an 11.4-inch touchscreen for infotainment, navigation, and connections, plus big dials for air conditioning and even a small dial for volume control. Nice touch, that.

This three-row, seven-seater full-size SUV embodies Land Rover’s desire to go above and beyond and is a true alternative to the Range Rover.

Its flexibility offers seven seats for adults, instantly configurable from your smartphone thanks to the world’s first smart remote folding technology.

Featuring powerful and efficient 48V MHEV powertrains, an advanced Pivi Pro infotainment system, and superior comfort and convenience, the Discovery is rightly claimed by JLR as the ultimate premium seven-seat SUV. and versatile.

Upgrades include intelligent all-wheel drive that automatically distributes torque to the axle that needs it most and the best 3,500 kg towing capacity with advanced towing assistance to take the stress out of difficult reverse maneuvers.

Equipped with the latest generation of powerful and efficient six-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, this latest Discovery maintains its position as the most efficient and family-friendly full-size SUV in the world.

Discovery DNA design cues – including the clamshell hood, stepped roof and highly visible C-pillar – remain, but there are new signature LED headlights and front and rear turn signals as well as a new black panel. shiny rear that incorporates the Discovery script branding.

Comfort and convenience are further enhanced by the introduction of Land Rover’s Click and Go tablet supports, integrated into the front seat backrests. The easy-to-use system also includes USB-A charging sockets. Thanks to the on-board 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, rear passengers can be entertained even on the longest journeys.

The enormous cargo space doubles as a practical bench. Even with seven seats in use, the trunk offers decent luggage space and all occupants have a place to charge their electronics. However, this rounder Discovery doesn’t quite have the capacity to swallow as much as previous generations.

The Discovery is available in the S, SE and HSE trim levels, as an R-Dynamic sport version or as a practical commercial model.

There are a trio of new Ingenium inline six gasoline and diesel engines with 48V light hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology.

Diesel is available in 249HP and 300HP outputs, while powerful gasoline delivers 360HP (265kW).

The D250 and D300, diesel tested here, feature lightweight aluminum construction with a low friction design and replace the previous SD4 and SDV6 diesels.

The D300 not only offers quick acceleration and a wonderful cruising experience, but, together with the standard air suspension, provides pleasant ride comfort.

The truth :

Land Rover Discovery S D300

Price: from £ 56,440 (range from £ 53,090)

Engine: Three-liter mild hybrid electric diesel, producing 300 hp

Transmission: eight-speed automatic driving all wheels

Performance: 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds; top speed 130 mph

Economy: 33.9 to 31.6 mpg combined

CO2 emissions: 218 to 232g / km in combined cycle

Number of stars:

Performance: *****

Economy: ***

Driving / Handling: *****

Space / Practice: ****

Equipment: ****

Safety security: ****

Value for money: ****


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