Land Rover Discovery HSE Sd4
Price: $96,950 plus ORC.
Engine: 2.0-litre Sd4 diesel.
Safety: Five-star ANCAP, six airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning.
The Land Rover Discovery was photographed on private property.
Land Rover Discovery has been a hero of the large four-wheel-drive market for a long time, and the latest, fifth generation, displays all its award-winning traits: it’s big and bold with traditional British-style luxury appointments, plenty of smart technology, a plush ride and genuinely serious all-terrain ability.
Gone is the previous model’s distinctive boxy, square-line look, replaced by a curvier body styling that still has an unmistakable Discovery family resemblance, including the characteristic stepped roofline that has been a feature of past generations (albeit no longer as prominent). A lot of work has gone into weight reduction with extensive use of aluminium, including the monocoque body and panels, but it still tips the scales at more than 2100 kilograms.
A personal touch
The new Discovery model range is extensive, spread across five equipment grades and with prices and standard features varying significantly. All except the top-of-the-range limited-run First Edition model are available with the choice of three turbo-diesel engines (two four-cylinder units and a V6), and five or seven-seat cabin configuration. A smooth-changing eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel-drive with a two-speed transfer box has been employed across the range. In total, you will find 25 variants, starting from $65,960 plus on-road costs for the relatively basic five-seat S model Td4, through to the immaculately dressed First Edition that comes standard with seven seats and the powerful 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine at $131,871 plus on-road costs.
For those wanting to personalise their vehicle or enhance its already substantial off-road ability, there’s a lengthy list of options available across the range (including some which other manufacturers provide as standard on cheaper models, particularly advanced safety technologies). Start ticking a few option boxes and the price will grow very quickly. We drove the mid-range HSE Sd4 seven-seat model, which from initial sales is one of the top-selling versions. It has a recommended retail price of $96,950, but with a few options the cost jumped to $113,780 plus on-road costs.