Discovery softens its stance

The entry cost of Land Roverís more rounded new Discovery has dropped with the return of four-cylinder models. At $64,300 the TD4 S range opener is $6000 less than the model it replaces, putting it firmly in Toyota Prado and Ford Everest territory.

Under the bonnet is Jaguar-Land Roverís new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, which in single turbo TD4 guise makes 132kW and 450Nm to make the Disco 0.2 seconds quicker to 100km/h than the V6 it replaces, while using 30 percent less fuel. Those wanting more grunt can choose the 177kW twin-turbo version in the SD4 from $69,900, or the 600Nm V6 from $76,900.