That is awesome. If I ever had the need for an off road vehicle, I’d sell a house for it xD!
Looks awesome. Finally the interior it deserves. Unfortunately I feel these are bit to high tech for where I want to go.
A truly excellent car. My admiration for Land Rovers is not secret, but this really is a class leader. I’m not sure quite what class it’s leading, because it’s too expensive to be in the Prado class and the Range Rover Sport is the X5/ML/Q7 competitor, but it’s a great car that is surely better than the 200 Series Land Cruiser. Much better in fact because you get better off road ability with prestige, good looks, a world class engine, good quality and excellent on road manners too; things the 200 can only aspire to have.
Job well done Land Rover, you’re keeping your fans very happy.
I thought the Discovery 3 was good and it’s great they’ve made it even better (how is that possible?).
This must be one of the best all-round vehicles on the market today. You can take it off road some seriously bad situations and then drive it back on road again surrounded by completely luxury. Just one thing though. Does the Terrain Response dial take the fun out of off-roading? I had a 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero which was very capable off-roader and it never had any electronics at all. Just a big lever you pulled to select your various diff locks etc, and I wonder if the Discovery takes away from the joy of all that involvement with the vehicle?
I’m more impressed at the engine, to be honest. The new TDV6 engine is a gem, makes the TDV8 fitted to the Range Rover models absolutely redundant. You get a slightly older and heavier engine with two more cylinders and a little bit more capacity, for such meagre improvements in output. Seems a little redundant, if you ask me. (For reference, AJD-V6: 180kw/600Nm AJD-V8: 200kw/640Nm)
But looking at the pictures, especially fording the river and the silly climbing angles sure as hell made me cringe a little. Can’t imagine what it would’ve been like if I were to be in the car itself though. Good going =)
Disco 3 was good, now the Disco 4… Can LandRover put the stigma of bad quality and unreliability behind it finally? I’d still be reluctant to put that many $$$ into a Landrover, lets see how this model goes in the reliability stakes.
Shame they still fit those useless Goodyear Wranglers that are 100% road biased, the sidewalls are made of paper. Go into a tyre shop and ask for 18 inch off road tyres for your 2.7 tonne 4WD and you wont get a lot of options.
I spent for weeks in the Kimberly recently on those Goodyear Wranglers in some seriously rough terrain, without one failure, granted I fitted a brand new set before the trip but they were fantastic. I passed many a flat & shredded “hard core” off road Tyre along the way. Its more about driving technique and managing Tyre pressure, than believing all the spin the Tyre companies & magazines pump out.
Good review. Certainly looks like a great vehicle and it is definitely in my sights as I need a bigger 4WD for the expanding family. I (and I suspect many others) am always interested in pictures of the rear seats and the storage room available. Although plenty of photos accompany this story there isn’t one of either the rear seats or cargo area.
hi, umm to answer that, i have the 2006 lr3 hse, not much diff in dimensions vs lr4, i have to say that i wish the lr4 and lr3 was a bit longer, 6in or so would b perfect, (i understand that that would make the vehicle have bad departure angle) anyway, with the 3rd row seat up there’s like 19 cubic feet of space (not alot of space at all) good enough for like 3 bags of grocery’s, but on the plus side, theres a lot of leg room for the 3rd row! with the 3rd row down theres a ton space! yesterday i put a whole lazy boy couch in the back with the whole 2nd row seats up! it was awesome! and last week i bought a brand new refrigerator, and put brought it home in the back with the whole thing inside!!!! gotta love the fold flat seats! but ya, if u do decide to go with the lr, u can get external carriers that can carry more luggage! (im planning to do that) or get a roof rack!
Anthony must have been paid some serious dollars to write this. It reads like an infomercial.
It’s impressive what this car can do (can’t argue with that shot of the Disco up to its gills in a river), but obviously Land Rover wouldn’t put journos on a course the car wouldn’t be able to handle.
Take this thing on some SERIOUS off roading adventure when you can CA, I’d be more interested to see how it goes then.
Search Youtube on the D3, plenty of vids to show its capability, the D4 isn’t going to be any worse.
I’ve clocked up 150k+ in my Disco 3 in some very remote and tough environments, it’s never let me down, more than I can say for some of my fellow companions, & when I’m not off road it drives like a dream…. bring on the Disco 4… cant wait.
I think the course was chosen, so as not to exceed the abilities of the journalists.
Land Rover Discovery is capable of a lot more.
Land Rover is hardcore offroading.Just because you get to do it in British Luxury,doesn’t mean it’s not serious.
And I bet you are one who falls for everything Toyota.If they are so good how come the Aus Army has only a few as troopcarriers ..not to be taken offroad.That is for Landrovers.It is strange that Toyotas are only really sold sold in Australia and to a lesser extent in South Africa.Recent previews in Europe say that Toyotas are in catch up mode to other European 4 by 4′s. So with all that are we in Aussie dumb and believe all that Toyota tells by sponsoring all and sundry here when they are so outdated and cost dollars more for a base model.To end try and get parts for them..one long,long waiting time.I think their b/s is catching up with them.
I have a 1994 3.9 V8 Disco 1 and it done 300,000, has been in some of the roughest places in Australia like the Bloomfield track (QLD)Canning stock route and lots of other places.It is the best car I have had in my life so what about the disco 4 3.0 TD V6,Carn’t wate to get one.Landrover lover for ever. Max.
Love the new Discovery 4, had it out for a test drive and definitely want one. Currently own a 2007 Toyoto Prado Grande which is a great car(and the dealer we use is very reliable) and I was going to upgrade to the new one, but they’ve ruined the look of it with the fake looking woodgrain, bullbar (?) Ipod leads visible and much more. My only concern is that I don’t know anything about Landrovers or their after sales and service. Has anyone heard horror stories that would stop me from trusting the Landrover company?
The LR4 has a great spec and really looks the goods, but like the beautiful girl down the street you worry about the rumours you’ve heard of the infections she might be carrying (LR was third last in a USA reliability survey).
I have major concerns re reported lack of sump plug and lack of auto trannie dipstick in the UK spec (presume that this is the case here also). In the former case your friendly LR dealer has an expensive suction device that sucks oil out of the engine then turns its attention to your wallet.
In the latter case you rely on an electronic device to tell you if you need an auto trannie top up. Sorry LR but I don’t trust your electronic credentials, still tainted by Lucas DNA from all those years ago.
Saw an SE LR4 at my local dealer with a $96000 driveaway price ; I don’t really want to pay extra for a tap & die set plus sump plug somehow at that crazy price! Maybe Gordon Brown needs the cash back in bankrupt Britain but I’m not impressed by manufacturers who cynically seek to exploit their customers or who adopt needless complexity. When our dollar appreciates why don’t Aussie LR prices fall? Show some respect for your customers please. Meanwhile my dollars will seek a pox free Plain Jane from another home closer to the equator and if I can buy below the LCT I’ll avoid further needless contributions to our own rapacious government!
Please note am a Sudanese & I have a Patent under the number 1628 concerning the invention is based on the transmission of the movement of the vehicle engine to electric generator by transfering belt.
I would like to generate the above on the same types of vehicles.
I will be visiting China Guangzhou in due course.
two words… overpriced, over-rated..
my opinion…. you shoulda bought a Jeep
hahahaha should have bought a jeep….good one haha
Well what can I say to all of you guys, I have Pajero 25th edition great car, has a few issues but won’t go down there. I test drove new LR 4 the other day & well just about shits on every thing out there! I have had a lot of 4 X 4′s & do 20% off road, I have 5 kids from 5 to 18 & they all fit real good in the LR 4, superb handling, acceleration, feel, comfort, enough bling for me too, this is just about the most perfect car for a large family into water sports, caravanning, motorcycling, weekend recreation, towing trailer, ect ect…. I ordered mine delivery June, 3.0 HSE with most of the extra’s didn’t go for the alpine roof as seemed to be too much glare for Aus climate, & oh there’s more has an actual interface to pair with my iphone. Not one other car I have tried can do this? Land Rover has reached new levels in 4 x 4 / cruising vehicle & you have to declare that! 10/10
Hang on a sec, better than a Landcruiser?!?! How? Just because the Aus Army uses Landies is no reason. This Disco 4 is awesome, no question but the LC has given many years of very good service in this big wide country of ours.
One question about the Disco, does it still drop its suspension height when it gets above 40kph (or around there somewhere)? What a pain on rutted outback roads. I’m not a wealthy person, maybe those of you that have ordered one of these are well off, and you have a different perspective on value. I can’t see this vehicle sitting on a beach full of fishing gear, sand, dog slobber etc. Now my old Pathy, no problems. The Patrol or maybe Hilux dual cab that we are thinking of replacing it with, again no problems. 99% of these wont ever leave a sealed road, .5% will use a gravel road on a weekend in the wine regions and the other .5% might make it onto a beach. What a shame!!
Premium = Overpriced. While I wish them well with their marketing and profit programme – the base model has gone up near 20k AUD. Its not work the extra funds.
I have the new LR4 and as an OE off road vehicle I have never been more disappointed. On the road it is the king, off the road I have had to be pulled out twice by chevy trucks. Don’t even try to tell me I don’t know how to drive off road either cause back where I am from, it is what we do for fun. I am now the laughing stock of all my construction crews because I got STUCK in the mud twice in spots where my crew in a Jeep and Chevy 3/4 had no issue getting through. If you buy this truck don’t even think about taking it off road until you drop $1500 for new tires.
I am actually taking this thing back in a couple weeks to trade it in for a Dodge Power Wagon that OE would walk all over this thing. It is a joke that this vehicle is sold as an off road vehicle with street tires. Any other manufacturer at least offers AT tires for there 4wd vehicles….but not Land Rover. Unless you have money to blow on upgrades do not take your LR4 OE to anywhere that is above light off roading. I am sure on a prepared course with solid ground it performs fine, but take it to a raw land construction site after it rains and you almost be guaranteed to get pulled out by something that costs half as much. Beautiful vehicle, I will miss many aspects of it however I bought it so I could work in it off road, and for that it fails as OE.
Really? That’s interesting to hear. One of my close friends who does quite a bit of 4WDriving (almost every weekend) was much happier in the mud with his new Disco 4 than Wrangler which used to get stuck. That’s with the standard 19s that come with the 3.0 TD6 (using the Mud and Ruts setting). I’m not seeing much problems with mud + stocks in quite a few videos on YouTube either. I obviously don’t know you and how you drive, but that’s the first experience I’ve heard that goes completely against the grain…
An absolutely fantastic car but the only issue is why can I only get a manual transmission with the 2.7 engine when I want to get a HSE and all the bells and whistles that go with it, I have never liked automatic transmission I like to drive a car. have to decide whether to buy a second hand discovery 3 HSE or a lower spec 4. shame really.
BLAH BLAH BLAH! Here we go again…but whatever you do, don’t mention the R word!!!
Is the blahdy thing RELIABLE???
If I conk out in the middle of a river crossing in northern Australia with hungry Croc lurking, what do I do? Throw the Warranty at the blahdy thing?
“Most Awarded 4WD in the world”? I will stick with “Most RELIABLE 4WD in the world” thanks…Good old Toyota Land Cruiser!
Call any Car Dealer in Australia and tell him you have a Rover to sell or trade…the first question he will ask you is “Does it have any warranty left on it?”
Why do British Motoring Journalists and Testers keep trying to feed us all this bullshine about these things?
I think most of these Galoots were raised on the phony Jags and MGs of yester year! They still think that England makes the best cars for real drivers!…
…long arm driving position and driving gloves…Tootle Pip!
Everyone who can read knows the truth…Rover products are always near the BOTTOM in reliabilty surveys!
You couldn’t GIVE the blahdy things away in Iraq or Afghanistan!!!
Ha, good one Mick. Another blind landcruiser owner who believes the toyota hype. Probably never owned one but knows a mates mate who had one with problems. I know plenty of landcruiser owners who have issues and the new 200 series has plenty.
I am confused, looking to buy a Disco 4 HSE model $115k soon, also looked at Toyota LC 200 $120k and Toyota Prado Kakadu $90k, price wise disco comes 2nd to LC 200, but LC has more features. i wont use it much as offroad, not a 6 footer, so enjoy sitting up high, driving a beast….which one should i get?
LR vs Toyota vs Nissan?
Remember the Prius? What abot the paltry output of teh Nissan 3.0D
I had a Volvo XC90 which Volvo designed as a people mover/car – not an off roader. We found we were doing more and more off road. It did Innamincka and Big Red with no issues.
We wanted a ‘real 4wd’ and looked at the options. I struggled with the Toyota hype. Get a Prado or a Cruiser and then spend your money on suspension upgrades yada yada yada to make it capable (check the entry and departure angles). They supposedly drive well on road and are soooooooooooo reliable. Dad has an 80 series and it’s been everywhere, but don’t tell me a bush mechanic can do any more to a 200 series LC or 150 series Prado than a Disco – they are all full of electronics.
I was nervous about the reliability of the LR but took the leap of faith. BMW and Ford’s ownership made a difference I’m sure. Yet to see what Tata does.
I have a 3.0TDV6 HSE and geez it’s a great car around town so far. Goes like stink and handles like a car. Only 8 weeks old and goes in soon for bull bar, winch, rear twin wheel bar, aux tank, cargo drawers etc.
I don’t like the 19″ wheels but agree that driving style protects tyres. The air suspension will not rise above 40 but will stay up until you hit 50km/h. Not sure how that will go but in ‘panic mode’ it has the equivalent of a Toyo with a 4″ lift!
Don’t need to hear the rubbish about only needing a Pathy or a Hilux – same applies to the LC and Prado. If you want one that’s fine, horses for courses. The LR competes with the LC200 and is packed with more features for less money.
If it lets me down I’ll curse – but it’s doing the Simpson next year.
Nicest car I have ever owned.
Not bad for an overpriced Tata.
Why do people always reduce a car down to the parent company its owned by? They might FUND the car’s development, doesn’t mean the Tata line is suddenly making Land Rover’s.
By your logic Phil, until recently an Aston Martin was nothing more than a Ford. :~)