ON THE ROAD TO DISCOVERY
2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TD6 HSE.
Price from $103,660
Wow, Land Rover has walked away from a traditional ladder chassis for its new Gen 5 Discovery. The handsome Disco is now underpinned by a passenger car style monocoque chassis
No need to slash your wrists though as the handsome new Disco still leads the pack on and off road with the added benefit of a 400kg+ weight reduction on the previous model.
That means better performance and fuel economy, a point underlined in the HSE TD6 test model which clocked 6.2-litres/100km on a highway drive. That, in a 2.0 tonne plus fourbie with heaps of luxury and safety features to say nothing of the seven mode 4WD system that included low and high range.
The TD6 HSE is one down from top of the range but gets most of the good stuff apart from heated seats and the full suite of driver assist technology.
Power comes from a carry over 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that’s good for 190kW/600Nm which translates into pretty bloody good performance from what is a big, seven seat fourbie.
The extra seat row adds $3400 to the price but they are electrically operated.
The HSE rolls on 20 inch wheels with electronic air suspension at each corner which explains why it’s so comfy and controlled, sporty even.
Goodies include a power tailgate, keyless entry, premium Meridian audio, supple leather to all seats and an excellent navigation system.
Rear seat passengers will appreciate the three zone climate control.
Like all Land Rovers, the new Disco features Terrain Control that allows you to dial up the correct setting for a range of driving environments simply by turning a dial.
And believe me, the new Disco will go just about anywhere particularly with its 283mm ground clearance.
I towed a weighty car and car trailer with the test vehicle and it had minimal impact on how the Disco went or handled. Used a bit more fuel though but still only 14-litres/100km.
Not bad at all…..
Love the looks – like a scaled up Discovery Sport – imposing, classy, distinctive and appeals to both males and females.
Would have one in a blink.
➔ Looks impressive
➔ Goes even better
➔ Decent array of safety equipment
➔ Generous level of luxury
➔ Impressive audio
➔ Full size spare
➔ Tows 3.5 tonnes easily
➔ Supple air suspension
➔ Minimal noise
➔ Heaps of ground clearance
➔ Slick 8-speed auto transmission
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Options cost too much and too many of them
➔ Lack of heated seats
➔ Size could be an issue i.e. big.
➔ Styling could be a little too derivative of other LRs
ENGINE: 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel 190kW/600Nm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed auto
THIRST: 7.0-litres/100km (tested)
0-100KMH: 8.5 seconds