ITíS HARD to believe the Disco has been with us for six months already and its time to hand the black beauty back. Itís been such an easy to live with, it will be tough giving it up. Warm and comfortable for the day-to-day commute grind and just as accommodating for long highway drives or weekend bush escapes.

We wanted to get one last chance to head bush with it and put the Goodyear Duratrac all-terrain tyres to the test, escaping the office for a day in the hills.

It had been dry for a long time around Melbourne and the tracks were dusty and rocky. We did find a clay track that climbed from a flowing creek and didnít get any sun, so its surface looked slippery. It was also deeply rutted, so we set the suspension height to max and selected the ĎMud & Rutsí mode in the Terrain Response 2 system. The Discovery takes on these sort of tracks without fuss or bother. You can open the off-road settings on the centre screen and see how soon the centre and rear auto-locking diffs are activating, which happens seamlessly. A little bit more suspension lift would be nice, but you need to fit aftermarket Ďbonesí to get that.