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Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE in the individual test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE
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K arized jackets for men can also take some getting used to its like giant pastel hats for women. Tea ceremonies also seem just as strange to some continental Europeans as the porridge called porridge - and yet with this attitude you can like the Land Rover Discovery, because it turns out to be a delightfully Unbritish automobile.

The LED daytime running lights on the Land Rover Discovery fall out of place

Even the design of the new edition, described by the manufacturer as the fourth generation, shines with it straight lines, flat surfaces and pronounced edges create a serenity that is more likely to be said of products from Scandinavia. Only the LED daytime running lights in the Christmas light chain look are a little out of place. This only partially belies the imposing dimensions. But in contrast to most posh SUVs, the takes land Rover Discovery not only offers a lot of space, it also offers its occupants a lot of it - right down to the third row, which is subject to a surcharge (1,570 euros), which is easily accessible through a well thought-out folding mechanism in the outer seats in the second row.

The Land Rover Discovery is also suitable as a furniture transporter

There is sufficient head and legroom in all seven seats, but only the driver and front passenger are allowed really comfortable seats. All other fellow travelers have to come to terms with extremely firm upholstery. If the Land Rover Discovery (the Land Rover Discovery in the driving report) does not have to serve as a minibus, but as a furniture transporter, a cargo space can be created in a few simple steps, in which the Queen could easily take her Corgis for a walk. In addition to being unnecessarily confined, the interior also saves passengers from having to use wood paneling or other antiquated ornaments that are often sold as particularly stylish elsewhere.

The 2.7-liter V6 in the Land Rover Discovery is equipped with two turbochargers

Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 is also otherwise stuck SE largely Anglophile peculiarities: all switches and buttons - there are plenty of them - are located where you would expect them to be in any other car. The instruments dispense with superfluous information, thelarge speedometer and the tachometer are clearly legible. In particular, the information about the crankshaft revolutions seems to be dispensable in view of the six-cylinder diesel engine with its maximum torque of 600 Newton meters. The three-liter unit that emerged from the 2.7-liter V6 that is still on offer has two turbochargers of different sizes that work together or separately, depending on the engine speed range. The output of 245 hp is processed by a six-speed automatic transmission from ZF together with the permanent all-wheel drive for propulsion in all situations.

The Land Rover Discovery in the individual test weighs 2.6 tons

The lockable differentials in the middle and on the rear axle also help in extreme situations like the terrain reduction and the five different driving programs that can be selected using a rotary switch. The standard air suspension with adjustable ground clearance and the generously dimensioned subframe on which the body rests completely ridicule excuses such as 'Honey, there was an obstacle on the road that I couldn't get past' - and the vehicle weight into the absurd. The test car weighs in at over 2.6 tons, which suddenly lets any hope of brisk progress vanish. But what the engine, developed together with PSA, does to the mobile country house from Gaydon, lets tea drinkers slip the cup out of their hands.

Despite its high weight, the Land Rover Discovery accelerates quickly

Even from low revs, the turbos quickly build up pressure, so that at 2,000 revs all of the torque takes the drivetrain into a headlock. The Land Rover accelerates in just 9.3 seconds Discovery from zero to 100 km /h - three tenths faster than the manufacturer promised. Even after that, the pressure wave does not subside, only from 160 km /h driving resistance and at 180 km /h the electronic limiter can be felt. In view of these talents, you should think twice about whether you want to complain about the test consumption of 13.2 liters per 100 kilometers. The passengers in the Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE hardly notice the hard work under the hood, and the transmission never lapses into blind actionism either. Surrendering like a times-ironing butler, it always serves the right gear without jerking. This does not mean that the all-wheel drive's potential for comfort is exhausted. Although it is standard on 19-inch wheels, the air suspension absorbs almost all ailments on German roads.

The brakes of the Land Rover Discovery only decelerate moderately

Such a comfortable suspension setup, which also has to cope with a lot of mass, cannot do magic in curves - and don't even tryFirst. As expected, the front wheels report understeer early on, the body sways to the rhythm of the change of course. However, good braking performance would be more important. The Brembo system with 360 millimeter discs on the front axle remains free of fading, but slows down only moderately at 43 meters. A shame, because otherwise the Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 SE is far more than just average.


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