Driving report: Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover has launched the Discovery

After four years of market presence, it is time for an update. This is exactly what Land Rover has now donated to its Discovery. We were on the road with the most powerful gasoline engine and the most powerful diesel.

You have to look carefully to identify the new vintage Land Rover Discovery from the outside: Minimally touched headlights and taillights serve as clues, but you can be sure with the identification of the model lettering on the boot lid, which is now emblazoned on a shiny black background. A look into the interior also reveals the year 2021 - the touchscreen, which has now grown to 11,4 inches and thus indeed looks stately, not only looks more stylish, but is also easier to use thanks to the modified system. The instrument cluster remains analog in the graphic and is apparently intended to emphasize the rustic character of the disco, as it is affectionately known by its fans - but it still consists of an electronic display surface and is therefore as flexible as possible in terms of information output. 

On the other hand, the prices are not at all rustic, customers have to shell out at least 62.045 euros for the entry-level model. This is now a 183 kW / 249 PS strong and three-liter six-cylinder diesel (instead of the two-liter and four-cylinder version in the past). The more powerful diesel engine with the same displacement with 221 kW / 300 PS costs from 67.022 euros, the gasoline - two-liter four-cylinder with 221 kW / 300 PS and three-liter six-cylinder with 265 kW / 360 PS - start from 61.044 euros and 67.052 euros, respectively.

Similar to the Jaguar F-Pace, the Discovery now also has the new three-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel with slight hybridization using a starter generator. If you listen carefully when you press the start button, you will only experience the heavy machine "popping" - so it is no longer a typical starter noise. And the low-noise electric motor boosts the crankshaft when starting, which eliminates the small turbo lag. In fact, the large off-road vehicle gets going with almost no delay, and it does so with good taste, because 650 Newton meters of torque from 1.500 tours are already an announcement. This is especially fun when you consider that Land Rover shows 7,3 liters / 100 kilometers as combined NEDC consumption for the diesel engine. In practice it is two liters more, but considering the power and weight, that's okay.

The three-liter six-cylinder petrol engine, which is already known from the Range Rover models but has been reduced by 40 horses for the Discovery, needs a good two liters more, despite electrification including e-compressor - and that also of the more expensive premium petrol. But whoever has the budget will overlook the silky running of the machine. As smooth and quiet as this engine is hardly a modern direct injection engine to the point. The traction plateau only ebbs beyond the 5.000 tour limit. And although there is less tractive power at its peak with 500 Newton meters, the Otto is more of a pleasure engine - because it turns happily into the limiter and pushes the off-roader, which with its crew likes to weigh over 2,5 tons, forward with force and lets melodious machine sounds into the passenger compartment . 

It is spacious and offers space for up to seven people or optionally 2.485 liters of luggage. Lavishly upholstered armchairs also make the Disco ideal for long journeys, while the supple air suspension (standard) contributes to the comfortable driving experience. And so that there is no boredom, there is a WLAN hotspot with which up to eight end devices can be combined. And two smartphones can be connected to the PIVI system at the same time. Additional display space is generated by a head-up display available for an extra charge of 1.384 euros. Features such as an autonomous braking system, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition ensure safety.

Finally, I would like to point out that, despite all the infotainment, comfort and utility benefits, the Discovery is also a maximally powerful climber. However, you have to reach into a fund of options if you want to exhaust all off-road capacities. The off-road reduction costs 427 euros extra, and an active rear-axle limited-slip differential even costs an additional 1.275 euros.

Specifications:
Luxury off-road vehicle, length: 4,96 meters, width: 2,07 meters (2,22 meters with exterior mirrors), height: 1,89 meters, wheelbase: 2,92 meters, trunk volume: 986 to 2.485 liters
D300 AWD: 3,0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel with turbocharging and mild hybridization, 221 kW / 300 PS, maximum torque: 650 Nm at 1.500 to 2.500 rpm, eight-speed automatic (torque converter), all-wheel drive, 0-100 km / h: 6,8 s, top speed: 209 km / h, average consumption: 7,4 l, CO2 emissions: 196 g / km, efficiency class: B, emissions standard: Euro 6d, prices: from 67.022 euros
P360 AWD: 3,0-liter in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine with turbocharging, direct injection, mild hybridization and electric compressor, 265 kW / 360 PS, maximum torque: 500 Nm at 1.750 to 5.000 rpm, eight-speed automatic (torque converter), all-wheel drive , 0-100 km / h: 6,5 s, Vmax: 209 km / h, average consumption: 9,3 l, CO2 emissions: 212 g / km, efficiency class: C, emissions standard: Euro 6d, prices: from 67.052 euros

In brief:
Why: Because the cult car offers luxury and utility
Why not: Because it can also be a size smaller 
What else: almost unique in its form in Europe, alternatives would be the in-house Defender or the Mercedes G-Class
When: Immediately

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