Land Rover Discovery 4 Review

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Land Rover Discovery Review

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The Land Rover Discovery 4 has been subject to major revisions including revised suspension architecture, improved steering, larger brakes and enhanced revisions to the Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control systems.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The Land Rover Discovery 4 has been subject to major revisions including revised suspension architecture, improved steering, larger brakes and enhanced revisions to the Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control systems.

At first the air suspension made us feel a little sick but after a day or so you do get used to it and to the excellent ride quality, pot holes become a distant memory as the Land Rover Discovery 4 is so good at absorbing the impact.

What you do notice is that when coupled to the new engine the Land Rover Discovery 4 feels more responsive and more composed on the road with more responsive steering and better brakes.

If you already own a Discovery 3 then we are sure that you would notice the difference and want to change to a Land Rover Discovery 4.

Ease of Use

Getting in and out of the Land Rover Discovery 4 is a fairly easy affair for those of you with long legs, otherwise you will need to ensure you have lowered the suspension setting, it makes all the difference. You can fit running boards which can be used as an un-official step should you need the assistance.

The driving position puts you in command of the road ahead with good all around vision. The driver's seat on the HSE model we tested is fully electrically adjustable with memory - but it is hard to operate on the move as your hand is squashed between the door and the switches. The steering wheel is also electrically adjustable and the position is memorised with the seat and side mirror positions. Therefore, it is easy to find the optimum driving position, although we found the seats a little too long for our short legs.

The Electronic handbrake automatically releases when you pull off and engages when you switch off the engine.

Depending on trim level you can carry up to seven passengers with practical ease. Even the two rear passengers have plenty of space and reasonable leg room. All passengers benefit from retractable inertia seat belts. When not in use the 3rd row seats fold completely flat into the floor and face forward when pulled up. The middle set of seats can also be folded flat to the floor giving you a massive 2558 litres of luggage space. The Land Rover Discovery 4 will swallow up a family of five's holiday luggage but if there are seven occupants then you will probably need a roof top box unless you travel very light.

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Land Rover Discovery Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Discovery 4 HSE
  
Body Type4x4
ColourStornoway Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.6 Seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
  
TransmissionAutomatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban25.2 mpg
Extra Urban34.0 mpg
Combined30.4 mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBA
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 29/10/09)£47,695

The information contained within this Land Rover Discovery review may have changed since publication on the 29 October 2009. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Land Rover dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017