2012 Land Rover Discovery Review

2012 Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE 3.0 turbo diesel from Taiwan

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance21000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Finally gets you there, and will not leave you there

Faults:

Surprisingly, only the sun blind's anchoring points are loose, and the factory fitted GPS has gone haywire.

Intermittent parking sensor and camera fail to work, but comes back after restarting the car.

Other than these small niggles, nothing.

General Comments:

Very comfortable on road and capable offroad. Smart 4WD and suspension will take the same trail with much better comfort and ease than any other brand's 4WD, provided traction and clearance are no issue.

The size of the car means it doesn't exactly stop on a dime, and you need to be easy on the gas and brake gently to avoid discomfort to the passengers. Diesel torque makes acceleration a breeze even when loaded, and the transmission is very smooth and quick, but tends to be lazy at downshifts if you don't floor it. Wind noise is low provided you do not exceed the speed limit. Some funny background noise that comes and goes at times, but nothing alarming.

At the HSE level, the leather and full sunroof makes the cabin a pleasant place to be. Air con can be a bit funny at times, giving out warm air temporarily when obviously the temperature set should feel cool, but otherwise it's very effective.

HK sound system has clarity, but lacks bass.

1.8m clearance is also difficult when it comes to underground car parks.

The operation of 3rd row is difficult for small people, and it takes practice to make the change over smooth and quick.

Loads of storage compartments for every passenger.

Overall, despite small niggles, this car exceeded my expectations of Land Rover, as it should be, given how expensive they are.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th April, 2013

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review