Land Rover Discovery 4 May 13, 2019 11:27:51 GMT
Post by michael on May 13, 2019 11:27:51 GMT
Having had the Discovery since September I've now managed to add ten thousand miles to it. This is some achievement considering I work from home with a commute no more than walking downstairs.
About three thousand of those miles have been driving to and from Cheshire. The hell that is the M62/M6/M56 cannot be understated. It is utter misery.
The car is very much living up to expectations. I made a conscious decision to never look at fuel consumption before I took delivery so I can't accurately say what it returns. You can collect Clubcard points with Esso and Nectar with BP - I have loads of each.
I really like the car, it never feels too large, for me the size is not an issue. A primary driver for the purchase was the boot and it was money well spent - it's plenty big enough for the dogs and easy enough for them to get in and out of using the dog ramp. I love the driving position, the interior. The handling isn't what it's all about but on the motorway it's superbly comfortable and on more sweeping A roads it's fun in a brutal kind of way. More challenging roads, and at pretty much any speed, it's weight is felt. I cant' say if it 'hauls' until I get a tow hook. The ride is also a bit clumsy on the 20" wheels. The trade off is that I like the way they looks so I can live with that. On the looks, I'm a big fan. I like the black, I like the tinted windows and have used the side steps more than I thought I would. It's not to everyone's taste but then it's not everyone's car.
The technology is a bit on the dated side, the navigation is hopeless and the auto main beam isn't the best - I've had a few angry flashes after it's failed to detect oncoming traffic but all in all it's got a lot of equipment I make use of frequently. I'm enjoying having a sunroof again in particular.
I've yet to make my mind up on the newer model but generally I'm not a fan. Sometimes they look ok but but they're a clumsy looking thing. I think the 3/4 is a far better executed piece of product design, I see a few 5's around and I don't feel the need to change for one at all. I think that's true of many Discovery 4 owners as they seem to be holding onto them. Like many I hope the Defender is more of a return to form for Land Rover.
Here it is still looking magnificent after a clean at the weekend: