Land Rover Discovery 4

4/5
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Verdict

Want to go off road? Fancy driving up walls? Well, the Discovery might be the one for you. However, I didn't mean that about the walls. This is an extremely capable 4x4 that's up for most challenges. When it comes to off-roading, it's hard to beat. It even deals with normal terrains in great fashion. This car is up against the likes of the BMW X5, the Audi Q7 and others.

Performance

The Discovery is available to the Irish market with a 3.0 TDV6 (6-cylinder) engine and it offers a beefy 211 hp. On-paper, this tank will bring you from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds and is only available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The good news is that this is a real beast, and it doesn't offer a two-wheel drive model.

Ride & Handling

The suspension in the car keeps this machine cruising smoothly, even over minor road imperfections. Even the bigger trenches on Irish roads are dealt with in a reasonable manner. If you do opt for one of these, it would be reasonable to expect a large amount of body roll on corners/ It's heavy and high, so don't be surprised while turning. While it's an excellent cruiser, country roads with twists and turns can be an adventure. Take it off road and you can really appreciate the Discovery.

Refinement

The engine is loud, and not all of it is the noises that you always want to hear. It can sound like a large van on occasion. Wind noise does play its tune too. Also, make sure to get the right tyres as there can be a lot of tyre noises too.

Quality & Reliability

The interior quality is good in the Defender. Everything appears to be upmarket. However, considering the cost of this vehicle, I would expect just a little more luxury.

Safety & Security

The current Discovery hasn't been tested since 2006. It now offers blind spot monitoring, plenty of airbags, cameras, sensors, and much more.

Space & Practicality

This seven seater offers plenty of space. Row one and two are especially comfortable. Row three is even big enough for adults. With the third row seats down, there is a sizeable boot too.

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Key Facts

New Price
€73,934
Make

Land Rover

Model
Discovery 4
Variant
Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 XE Automatic
First year of model production
2009
Engine (L)
3.0
Transmission
Auto
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€1200
Tax Band
F
Average L/100km
8.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
82
Fuel Tank Range (km)
935
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
207
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
4x4
Brake Horsepower
211
Top Speed
180 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.9
Cylinders
6
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
82
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
1260
Tyre Size Front
250/50 ZR20
Tyre Size Back
250/50 ZR20

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5