ROLLING ON

NEW RUBBER, NEW RIDE FOR THE DISCO.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

4X4 SHED

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SD4

0 1 0 0 9 6 9 KM

DATE ACQUIRED: DEC 2018

PRICE: $103,840 +ORC

KM SINCE LAST UPDATE: 1083KM

AV FUEL: 10.25L/100KM

THE past month has been spent acclimating to the new Goodyear Duratracs that were zapped onto the Disco’s four corners last month by folks at Beaurepaires in Chadstone, Victoria. The off-roadfocused 255/55 R20 Duratracs not only enhance the Disco’s brooding presence, but they remain quite liveable on city and suburban tarmac. Granted, there’s an audible rumble generated by the tread pattern that invades the cabin, but the ride quality isn’t hindered and the sound becomes unobtrusive once you get used to it.

The comfort of the heated front pews, for short or long stints on the blacktop, has been discussed ad nauseam - and we’re starting to take advantage of this feature in the cooler months - but does the Disco remain comfortable when loaded up with four adults and plenty of cargo? In a word, yep! With four ‘averagesized’ adults onboard, the Disco remains pleasant for long-distance touring. Leg and head room is aplenty for both front and rear passengers, while the spacious seats are both supportive and comfortable. The Acorn leather trim and natural Shadow Oak veneer trims add to the luxury.

USEABLE INTERFACE

CONVENIENTLY positioned toggles and switchgear makes life easy for the driver and front passenger.

Ample rear cargo space means you’ll be able to load up luggage for four, an Engel fridge and other campsite essentials. Plus, the centre console between the rear seats drops down so that longer objects can squeeze up through the cabin between the two rear-seat passengers.

Navigating the touchscreen is a stressfree affair due to the user-friendly interface, and connecting your phone via Bluetooth or plotting a route through the TomTom-based sat-nav both become twosecond jobbies after a bit of getting used to - and the screen won’t lock when the car is in motion, so the front passenger can amend the sat-nav inputs on-the-fly. The lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a notable hole in the Disco’s arsenal, though.

The Disco is fitted with a bunch of InControl driving assistance technology including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist; the latter guiding the vehicle back on track - and sending a slight vibration through the steering wheel - if it happens to drift out of a lane and touch the lines. The system might sound obtrusive to oldschool 4x4ers, but the technology corrects any wayward steering with a gentle nudge.

IS THE DISCO COMFY WHEN LOADED WITH FOUR ADULTS AND PLENTY OF CARGO? YEP!

AMPLE SPACE

WITH the rear seats up the five-seat Disco has a storage capacity of 1137 litres. Put them down and that capacity jumps to more than 2400 litres.