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Car reviews - Land Rover - Discovery - 5-dr wagon range

Overview

Improved engines, interior and styling make this Disco an impressive proposition

Land Rover logo22 Sep 2009

Land Rover’s quicker, more comfortable and slightly more expensive fourth-generation Discovery is a significant upgrade over the outgoing model.



Revisions include two potent new petrol and diesel engines, an upgraded chassis, a reworked interior and a front-end redesign.



The 3.0-litre TDV6 is likely to be the biggest-seller, and it leaves the entry-level 2.7-litre unit behind for performance and economy. The 5.0-litre V8, meanwhile, steps up to the plate as performance king.
Model release date: 1 September 2009 to 1 February 2014

Previous model

Land Rover Discovery

Released: May 2005
Ended: September 2009
Family Tree: Discovery

The Discovery 3 had the on-road abilities of competitors like the BMW X5 while retaining the off-road agility and toughness of its Discovery predecessors.

, , This was thanks to the unique construction, melding a car-like monocoque bodyshell with a traditional four-wheel drive ladder chassis, which made its predecessor seem positively archaic.

, , Bearing more than the occasional similarity to its big brother Range Rover – think the planted on-road performance, sumptuous and airy cabin and slab-sided proportions - the third-generation Land Rover made for a convincing balancing act.

, , The Disco was launched with three brand-new engine options - a 220kW Jaguar 4.4-litre V8, a 140kW Jaguar 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel and a 160kW, 4.0-litre V6 from Ford.

, , Three different trim levels were available – S, SE and HSE – with all engines available in the mid-series SE.

There was no V8 option at the base S level and no petrol V6 in top-tier HSE trim.

Get the full story: Land Rover launches Discovery 3 Down Under - six months before its official release

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