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Bristling new turbo-diesel TDV6 is the pick of Land Rover's (heavy) new Disco bunch

16 Sep 2005

A NEW Land Rover Discovery has been a long time coming and, generally, the Ford-backed British design is something the company can be proud of. It retains the previous Disco’s off-road mastery, yet is refined, quiet, comfortable and safe on the open road. It’s as technically advanced as the BMW-developed Range Rover, which means it’s the equal of anything else out there, especially in terms of engine efficiency. The interior is big, comfortable and, in top-level versions, capable of seating seven adult passengers where other seven-seaters only offer their back row to small children. And even though at 2.7 tonnes the top-end Discovery is unacceptably heavy, the TDV6 version, in reality, is surprisingly fuel-efficient.
Model release date: 1 May 2005 to 1 September 2009

Previous model

Land Rover Discovery

Released: November 2002
Ended: April 2005
Family Tree: Discovery

Discovery 3 replaces the Series II Disco that appeared here in March 1999 and received its final facelift - spelling the first significant change to the model's trademark look in more than a decade - in November 2002. While the 2002 upgrade brought mainly cosmetic revisions, the 1999 car was bigger, more commodious for seven occupants, offered far better on-road handling and better turbo-diesel performance. Discovery 3 improves on both iterations on all counts.

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