A detailed review of the Land Rover Discovery from England
Land Rover Discovery: Long test drive
Whether Land Rover Discovery car for individuals or focused on the use of service companies? In order to determine how good a luxury SUV for long trips, business trips and was able to compete with Mercedes-Benz and BMW, was carried out the whole study. The experiment lasted for six months. The following describes the experience of an expert from the operation of the SUV.
Impressions of Land Rover Discovery
It is worth noting that after a detailed acquaintance with him impressions of the car were positive. The first view is also expressed in praise. And it is expensive, because the specialists are very demanding on his iron “victims”.
This is a great, practical car. In the modification of TD6 HSE Luxury he is 64 and 195 pounds, but most buyers choose Discovery HSE or HSE Lux. Here is Land Rover doesn’t just offer a 4×4, and combines it with luxury.
Discovery is equipped with a 3-liter diesel V6, which is able to take in tow a vehicle weighing up to 3,500 kg. While he has enough power to pull its own weight, which starts from 2230 kg (with options up to 200 kg more), giving a torque of 600 Nm and 3750 rpm. Complete drive controls 8-mode automatic transmission that helps the full range of off-road systems from Land Rover.
The test car was one of the first samples collected focused on the demonstration of all strengths. Therefore, the requirements for this Discovery 5 have been high. It turned out that the SUV has no competition — to get closer to him could only Bentayga Bentley, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne. Discovery 5 has passed stringent tests in various road and weather conditions. He showed himself well when towing in the mud and rain on different road surfaces.
The thrill of driving
The management of off-road brings only pleasure. This large, comfortable seat with ergonomic armrests, a good overview, which give the windshield and 4 cameras located around Discovery. Another plus is the massive rear view mirrors.
The steering is perfectly balanced, so the speed does not affect the practicality and control. The driver receives a guaranteed stability even at high speeds. The SUV is excellent insulation — in the cabin does not penetrate the sound from flying puddles when driving on them with acceleration and the hum of the tires in contact with the wet asphalt. This car is perfect for travel in the fall season.
But not everything is perfect! The infotainment system is quite “sluggish”, navigatii difficult to understand. The rational solution would be connect familiar mobile gadget. Positive impression sound system, but it deteriorates the same tricky navigation.
Discovery 5 the corresponding advanced environmental standards in terms of the amount of harmful emissions. And this certain specific services. So, when formulating resource DPF the car starts to consume more fuel and the owner must change it. In addition, it is necessary to fill in every month with 10 liters of a solution that neutralizes harmful compounds.
Also every 15 000 km it is necessary to change the fuel filter. In the process of operation had to install a diesel heater, which helps during cold engine starting and quickly heats the interior.
All of these features and oddities will cause many car owners to breathe a sigh of regret. But on the other hand, if the car was not as comfortable and fancy “bells and whistles”, it would not be so noticeable and luxurious. One thing is certain — the Discovery 5 is designed to give comfort, despite the weather, the traffic situation and the condition of the coating highway or country road.
Opinion about the car after a while…
A quick drive is all it takes to understand the secret of the success of Disco. A sense of ambition, which the car gives to the driver is intoxicating. Enhances the euphoria of the interior, which makes the owner feel special, smooth ride and powerful powertrain.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 6
The expert notes the convenience of the service center where you just need to call in and leave the car. There’s no red tape, cozy, comfortable. By the way, here is a true story replaced the diesel heater.
Tracking parameters, control via app
The remote application Land Rover – it’s a useful novelty. It displays trip last week, how much fuel is left in the vehicle and which component needs service. You can remotely use the app to preheat the cabin. The software also reports the car is.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 5
The Land Rover Discovery has an additional fuel heater, which runs at a temperature of less than +5 degrees Celsius to facilitate the launch of dvigatelya and more rapid heating of the cabin. It burns a small amount of diesel fuel and the owner doesn’t even know that it works.
The operation of the heater becomes visible only when the vehicle is standing or moving at low speed. From the exhaust pipe belching thick white smoke. Some believe that fuel heaters can sometimes “light up” a little when starting, if in the pipe there remains diesel. But it is a slight increase of smoke that appears after engine start, which is a long time to cool down in the cold.
On the failure of the heater indicates a longer warming up the salon and increase of noise level when running motor. But it is not so critical and does not affect comfort of use. In addition, the replacement of the heater in the service center will not take much time. Another tip expert – do not try to fix anything in Discovery alone is a waste of time.
Everything else, according to him, works perfectly. The only thing I had to Tinker – the Bay of AdBlue, which reduces harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
The journey on the road to France has shown that the fuel consumption average of 7.8 litres per 100 km Is a decent figure. Also pleased with the review generated by the cameras. The only negative point was the display, which is sometimes given a strange image.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 4
A particulate filter, which is equipped with a SUV, requires periodic maintenance – purification. This sometimes happens automatically when the engine is running at high speed.
The injection of a larger amount of diesel fuel at low revs to heat the exhaust gases leads to the fact that part of the diesel can leak and dilute the engine oil in the sump. If it happens too often, you will have to change the oil earlier than every 30 000 km. And again, we need to refill the AdBlue fluid.
If you do not consider the above described points, the Land Rover Discovery is an excellent car for long journeys. It gives comfort and confidence, despite the weather conditions and time of day. Another positive point noted by the expert – large rear view mirrors, which become effective assistants during Parking. Of the minuses, the expert noted the insufficient visibility rearview camera, which can provoke collision.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 3
The erroneous sensor signal was the cause of sending Discovery to the nearest dealer. The system reported an extreme deterioration of the engine oil, although the tachometer to replace it remained 8000 km. According to the electronic oil sensor, which considered that the lubricant is sufficiently worn or dirty replacement, this operation was carried out free of charge under warranty.
On the third month of operation, the expert had the opportunity to test the SUV under conditions of snow-covered roads. In addition to the ability to select driving grass, gravel, snow, control, and comfort, with standard tyres Land Rover 245/40 R21 Pirelli Scorpions, focused on dirt and hard grip with relief. By the way, the mode selection automatically configures the it system of car control, which is an essential tool for the driver.
For example, the mode GGS better otkalibrovani ABS, reduce braking distance. Everything is running the advantages of an SUV, manifested in second gear, and the significance of the gas pedal (pressing force) fades into the background. It is not surprising that 6 inches (about 15 cm) of snow the night was not a special obstacle for the car.
In addition, complete HSE Luxury heated seats, windscreen and steering wheel. This increases the comfort of travelling in winter. Of the negative aspects – the need for maintenance of the particulate filter, which is odd because it was completed a total of about 8000 to 15 000 km.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 2
This period of operation of the SUV was marked by many discoveries. For example, its technical condition has not affected a “run” through the mud and off road. Other cars in this class and price segment can boast such resistance to the adverse road conditions.
SUV demonstrates enviable stability when driving straight ahead at high speeds and during entry into the turns. Well the car feels when exposed to lateral air flow, which is important for highways.
The expert liked the big front seats with a height adjustable armrest, the hardness of the steering, the willingness of the 3.0-litre turbo diesel without the noise to carry the SUV forward. Have an enjoyable journey the system message about maintenance, cleaning of the particulate filter.
To repair the problem managed by Bay diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) or AdBlue. Tank capacity DEF Discovery 5 is almost 18 litres. To disable the warning light you need to fill 13.5 liters. Fluid intake is 1.0 liter 800 km.
Life with a Land Rover Discovery: Month 1
It is worth noting that the majority of SUV sales falls on top configuration, which is more than 64 000 pounds, or about $ 75,000. These figures can provoke a sigh of regret. But that’s the price for a premium car that offers luxury and comfort control.
But why not choose a strict road car Mercedes? Ultimately, it is much nicer to drive, lower, flexible, economical at the same Discovery performance levels. But the trump card of “British” – advanced technical layout, as well as:
• excellent sound insulation;
• great review;
• resistance to different types of soil and pavement.
Completes the list of benefits of the incredible pulling strength, to pull and tow cars of different classes.
Also worth noting is the comfort, which provided not only the driver but also the passengers. It seats heated and cooled, providing support for the body and do not cause pain in the lower back and back. But not without a spoon of tar — it has become infotainment, outstanding unexpected crashes and showing slow reaction on commands.
Expert opinion at the start of the experiment…
Last big car like Discovery, according to experts, was the Volvo XC90. Specialist liked the appearance of the latter, but the comfort entry/exit cannot be compared with the Discovery. The “British” this custom feature really stands out.
Specifications, prices, options
The cost of an SUV is within 66 595– 74 420 pounds depending on the configuration and range of options. Their list includes:
• package Dynamic Design pack – 2340 lbs;
• color metallic – 1660 pounds;
• climate control – 1035 pounds;
• off-road cruise – £ 1,000;
• e-drive tow hook – 985 pounds;
• climate control for second row seats/heated seats third row – 835 pounds.
When the tank volume is 85 liters of fuel consumption is 6 liters per 100 km (the parameter stated by the creators). Turbocharged diesel V6 power of 255 HP with a torque of 600 Nm accelerates the car to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds. Maximum speed – 210 km/h.
Land Rover Discovery is a worthy representative of the class of luxury SUVs, showcasing the Spartan character, but require attention and care. This is a great option for fans of travel and office use.
Author: S. Vasilenko