Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6
The Land Rover Discovery 3, launched in 2004, marked a real step forward over the model it replaced. Huge improvements were made to quality and durability and it’s packed with off-road technology designed to make it as good off-road as you’d expect of any Land Rover.
Sophisticated electronics help with hill descent and you can alter the four-wheel-drive settings for different terrains, while air suspension means that the ride height can be raised and lowered at the push of a button. Although A 4.4-litre V8 petrol was available from launch in 2004, the majority of cars are the 2.7-litre diesel.
The Land Rover Discovery comes from the acknowledged masters of tackling rough terrain and coming off best, so it’s no surprise the Disco is so impressive in the muddy stuff. However, it’s still worth noting just how capable the Discovery is as its Terrain Response system allows the driver to tailor the car’s abilities to any given situation.
Added to this is the full-time four-wheel-drive system, excellent ground clearance, entry and departure angles, and deep water wading talent.
The Discovery is also an excellent tow car, which you would expect of a large SUV, so it comes as even more of an impressive feat that Land Rover has made the Disco so good to drive on-road thanks to splendid refinement, good handling and a supple ride.