Let's not mince words here. Land Rover Discoveries 1 and 2 were horrible things. The Discovery 3, introduced in 2004 was like a bolt from the blue. Almost everything that was mediocre, parochial and lazy about the design of the previous cars was blitzed with modernity, boldness and style. The Discovery 3 wasn't perfect though. Your engine choice amounted to thirsty or slow, initial reliability niggles took the edge off its used reputation and it proved a victim of its own popularity to a degree, used prices not holding station as many thought. Still, when the sums were totted up after a typical three year ownership period, it was often cheaper to run an initially more expensive BMW or Mercedes SUV.
The Discovery 4 underwhelmed a lot of industry observers when it appeared in 2009. Many were expecting another great leap forward. What we seemed to get was a Disco 3 with the grille from a Range Rover Sport. The big news came under the bonnet. Yes, the unspectacular 2.7-litre TDV6 turbodiesel soldiered on, but it was augmented by the addition of a 242bhp 3.0-litre TDV6 unit that bettered the 2.7-litre diesel by 29 percent (power) and 36 percent (torque) respectively. At 600Nm, the torque output of the diesel was, at the time, the highest of any six-cylinder passenger car diesel in the world, but with nine percent improvements in economy and CO2 emissions over the 2.7-litre V6. Finally, the Discovery had the engine it deserved and at just a £2,500 price step up from the equivalent 2.7-litre, it made financial sense too.
Thing is, it didn't last very long. It was replaced in 2011 by the 245bhp SDV6, which was fitted to a special edition model that appeared in November of that year. The Landmark edition was finished in either Santorini Black or Fuji White and featured 20-inch alloys and an elegant black/white contrasting theme throughout. Definitely more for the Kings Road than the Silk Road. The 2012 Discovery 4 got a decent working over, the key change being the addition of a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, improving efficiency and helping reduce CO2 emissions on the 3.0 SDV6 diesel from 244g/km to 230g/km. In conjunction with the new transmission, the Discovery 4 was also equipped with the 'Drive Select' rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift. Power crept up from 245 to 256bhp. In addition to the driveline improvements, the Discovery 4's design and equipment levels were refreshed too. Buyers got two different alloy wheel designs, three option packs and improved audio and navigation systems based on the latest electrical architecture. The Discovery continued largely unchanged henceforth to the end of 2013 when a restyled 2014 model year car was announced.
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