The Land Rover Discovery 4
Land Rover Discovery

The iconic Land Rover Discovery has been around for twenty years and it has always been at the forefront of the premium four wheel drive market.

We have previously tested the Land Rover Discovery 2 and Land Rover Discovery 3 and our conclusion has always been that it is the best all round four wheel drive.

Land Rover has now decided that the game needs to move on to a different level and have introduced the new Discovery 4, featuring a new Land Rover TDV6 3.0 diesel engine based on the excellent TDV6 2.7 engine that powered the majority of the Land Rover Discovery 3s and is still available in the entry-level Land Rover Discovery 4. The new engine has been jointly developed with Jaguar and it is also featured in the revised Jaguar XF line up.

The Land Rover Discovery line up currently comprises of the entry-level GS model, available with both the 2.7 diesel and 3.0 litre engine, the mid range model is the XS and then the range topping model the HSE. Prices start at £31,995 (GS 2.7), £34,495 (GS 3.0) through to £47,695 for the HSE model.

We tested the Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE.

How It Drove - Performance

In the UK there is a choice of two diesel models the Land Rover TDV6 2.7 and the new Land Rover TDV6 3.0. The 2.7 diesel unit is available should you wish in the entry-level GS model and can be specified with a 6-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission.

The TDV6 3.0 engine is only available with the command shift 6-speed automatic transmission, so if you require a manual gearbox you can only opt for the 2.7 engine, if you have not experienced the automatic transmission we would recommend that you do, it might change your mind about automatics, especially off-road and especially when coupled to the TDV6 3.0 engine.

The TDV6 3.0 diesel engine produces 224 hp and delivers 600 Nm of torque @ 2,000 rpm which propels it from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds (an improvement of 2.6 seconds over the TDV6 2.7) and on to a top speed of 112 mph, which is the same as the TDV6 2.7.

The Land Rover TDV6 3.0 sequential turbo diesel is based on the existing Land Rover TDV6 2.7-litre engine, but has been radically redesigned to deliver substantially higher performance, lower emissions and better fuel economy. The new, twin turbocharged engine substantially increases the power output by 29 per cent to 245 PS and available torque increases by 36 per cent to 600Nm. With the ability to deliver maximum torque at just 2,000rpm, it is far more urgent than the 2.7 engine and makes a noticeable difference both on and off road.

With improved fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, when touring we returned around a 10-20 per cent improvement in fuel consumption - circa 28 mpg, compared to 24 mpg in a 2.7 Land Rover Discovery 3.

There is no doubt that the Land Rover TDV6 3.0 is a significant improvement over the excellent Land Rover TDV6 2.7 - it is more athletic responsive and refined with improved fuel consumption.


Published : 29/10/09 Author : Melanie Carter

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