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2010 Discovery reviews

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2010 Land Rover Discovery reviews

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Syd Taylor, Staffordshire

Land Rover Discovery 2010

5 star review

It all started when I was a student working on a Shropshire estate, struggling to subsist and dreaming of fame and fortune, which never came. The Colonel did the rounds in a spanking new Range Rover (The first of the breed back then) and I reassured myself that one day I too would have such a vehicle. Not for me the temperamental supercars that would only run on a billiard table. I regularly borrowed the gamekeepers old Land-Rover and knew that these vehicles were the key to REAL adventures as I explored nearly every track across the wild expanse of the Long Mynd. It was to be many years before these wonders of the motoring world came my way again - and each time there has been that same old magic - but never more so than with the latest Disco.4 It has all the ’club class’ comforts that the armchair adventurer could aspire to, with the added bonus of ’go anywhere’ versatility. It’s as comfy as a lounge - but there’s no lounging about when it comes to its ’get up and go’ capabilities. The supplest hides cover capacious seats - but this is no hide-bound hybrid. It’s a thoroughbred of long standing with every conceivable bump and wrinkle ironed out to guarantee magic carpet transportation for the modern age. A short acquaintance is enough to convince most aspirational and potential owners that it doesn’t come much better than this. A modern icon of many years standing, the new variant manages to combine the best of all that has gone before with the best of all that is cutting edge today. Try as they might, its competitors simply can’t match its solid sense of poise, purpose and Olde English luxury. Capable, if need be, of traversing the Steppes of Asia or the Sahara Desert, it reserves its best discoveries for the lucky owners who will never cease to be amazed at the cornucopia of delights that the designers have packed into this eminently practical status enhancing machine that will sit five in the lap of luxury, with loads of space to stretch out. On the test car I enjoyed heated power operated seats, a heated steering wheel, a ’park heating system with remote’ so that the inside was toasty warm when I climbed aboard, an all-round camera system so that I didn’t bump the £50,000 (or thereabouts depending on your option choices) HSE top of the range beauty, a Symphony Hall sound system and even a television - but one can’t help feeling that it’s always the Discovery that is the star of the show. With huge power and great tranquillity it puts an extraordinary ability into the hands of the driver - be it on or off-road. Restyled at the front the revised model is yet more imposing. The real changes though have taken place under the skin. The latest model is quantifiably a better car than the old 2.7 version. Now with 3.0 litres of turbocharged and intercooled V6 diesel producing 241bhp, performance has increased dramatically and in line with this, bigger and better brakes reassure you. It’s now as quick in everyday use as most saloons, with a top speed of 112mph and a new ability to overtake like a charging rhino - thanks to massive torque from virtually tickover revs. Combine this with the uprated six speed gearbox with its silky smooth changes and you can despatch dawdling traffic effortlessly. The only problem being that you will frighten the vicar’s wife in her Nissan Micra into thinking that Armageddon has arrived as a 2,500 Kilo projectile shoots past so quickly. ’Yes, but it’s surely a fuel gobbling monster’ I hear you say. Well, I’m pleased to report that I got well over 30mpg overall - which was actually better than that of a new Fiesta automatic tested recently! Chassis engineers have been at work too. Unbelievably for a vehicle of such size and stature the Disco is beautifully fluid in its responses, yet imperturbable in its control. The new variable-ratio steering is a lot more precise when you’re hustling along. It simply annihilates the sort of road that would test a skilled driver - and it is done with such wonderful ride comfort. Off-road it’s so good that even the most cynical motoring journalist colleagues go weak at the knees and slack jawed at the awesome ability. Switchable systems for snow and ice, sand and anything else give it an ability that could only be equalled by Chris Bonnington in crampons. A giant in the annals of the history of motoring, Land Rover’s Discovery presents a convincing argument that one has tried them all - but settled for the best.

Submitted: 2010-09-18 | ID: 42213

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