The Land Rover Discovery isn’t just your average off roader vehicle. Unlike similar models unable to keep up the same standard for an on road performance, the Discovery combines efficiency and practicality in its different features and continues to include significant upgrades to its latest models. The most significant development lies in the Discovery 4, the most recent generation that includes heavy updates such as a more capable engine. Read on to know how the 2009 model fares in terms of performance, design, and handling.
The Discovery features design elements unique to both its model and the branding Land Rover has been known for. From the stepped roof, bonnet slab, bluff nose, to the rear side windows wrap, no aspect fails to remind drivers and passengers that they’re in a Land Rover vehicle. The brand’s distinct form is partnered with distinguished function, with the latest Discovery including two separate chassis located under the vehicle’s Integrated Body Frame. The ladder chassis strengthens off-road performance, while the suspension supports a unitary body to give you the best on-road performance. You can also look forward to the Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, which is the vehicle’s electronic manager. This system allows the car to ride height, maintain stability control, adjust throttle response, and shift pattern using five settings indicating specific terrains. Not to be missed are the design’s locking rear diff, controlled transfer box, and the computer-controlled centre.
The Discovery 4’s interior is a vast improvement from the previous generation, with Land Rover adding 17.6cm more to its length. As a result, the once cramped five-seater can now accommodate seven seats in its interior. All seven promise more than enough legroom as well as overall comfort for long journeys. The three separate chairs on the second row offer the best bodily support; a third row can either be folded or let out for additional passengers. In terms of material and build, the interior balances the durable plastics with the softer textured materials.
Performance is just as impressive: the Discovery’s idle engine releases minimal noise and almost no vibration. It’s the same V6 2993cc turbodiesel that has a torque at either 442lb ft at 2000rpm or 251bhp at 4000 rpm. On the go, the unit only emits a slight hum as it speeds along the road. Expect an enjoyable ride via its quick throttle response, unparalleled refinement, and a transmission able to reach its maximum efficiency.
The Discovery provides a mostly smooth ride; precision and control are balanced and the vehicle’s suspension is able to handle the off roader’s incredible mass. But small yet sharp irregularities still come up when the car is caught off guard, as the body shell is unable to absorb the short but sudden shock. Grip is limiting at times and the speedo niddle rarely indicating any off on-road conditions. Understeer can be felt at times and the DSC stability system requiring little to chime in on wet asphalt. Nonetheless the Discovery is able to handle bigger and rougher surfaces, guaranteeing a comfortable and stable ride for the most part.
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