What makes the Land Rover Discovery HSE TD6 a worthy contender in the Premium SUV category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank? We investigate...
The new Discovery was introduced just in time to meet this year’s #CarsAwards deadline and it appears to have been worth the wait. The ‘Disco’ has always tried to market itself as a premium off-roader that can do it all. This new model brings Land Rover’s off-road capability and prowess but combines it with better-than-ever on-road manners. Can the Discovery conquer all to secure the win this category?
3 Reasons Why Land Rover Discovery is #CarsAwards Finalist
1. Smooth power delivery
A beefy 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel sits under the long bonnet of the Discovery. It appears to have been configured to deliver smooth and linear acceleration that enhances the consummate ease in which the Disco makes its way over any terrain. The engine pumps out 190 kW and 600 Nm of torque and there’s an 8-speed automatic gearbox that works at making sure the V6 is always in the sweet spot of the rev range, ready to deliver acceleration when called on. Land Rover claims an average fuel consumption figure of 7.8 L/100km.
2. Luxury and convenience galore
The Discovery exudes luxury and sophistication, you sit high up, overlooking most road users, cocooned in leather and soft touch materials. The interior of the new Disco has taken a big step in meeting modern connectivity requirements so there are USB ports that can be installed in every row of seats and if you select the option, you can fold all the seats down via the infotainment screen.
Making life as easy as possible seems to be the Discovery’s motto as it features luxuries like an electric towbar with reverse towing guidance, a 360-degree camera helps you manoeuvre the big beast into any spot and the individual cameras can be selected to help avoid or line up obstacles. There is not much this Discovery can’t do…
3. Impeccable road manners
The Discovery prioritises comfort above all else and the new model takes ride comfort to an all new level. Air suspension is standard on all but the S models and it’s the biggest upgrade to the new model’s ride. Whether it’s tarmac, washboard gravel or a rocky riverbed, the Disco covers the terrain in a level of comfort that’s unmatched by fellow off-roaders. The new Disco is expensive, but you are able to squeeze out reasonable specification with this HSE trim model.
Watch #CarsAwards judge, Juliet McGuire, review the Land Rover Discovery in the video below!
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