Land Rovers have traditionally been square-edged, robust off-roaders, but it's clear from first glance that the latest Discovery is far different than its predecessors. No longer a truck-like implement, the Disco has been transformed into a luxurious, contemporary three-row SUV that's still able to handle a few off-road excursions.
The robust powertrain delivers on-demand acceleration, the air suspension provides a firm but steady ride, and the cabin is as quiet as Wimbledon's Centre Court the moment before a serve. The cabin is luxurious and tastefully furnished.
Yet the Discovery suffers from a lack of agility as it lumbers about in corners. It's more hippo in a tutu than dancing queen, with lots of body roll evident when the Discovery negotiates turns. In addition, the Land Rover has a thirst for premium fuel to the tune of 17 mpg overall.