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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
Best All-Terrain 4WD Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 SE, $81,990 Driveline : 3.0 litre V6, 6 speed auto Fuel economy: 9.3L/100km; diesel Safety Features: ABS, DFSA, ESC, CA, TCS ANCAP: Not Rated GVG: Land Rover Discovery 4 is v ictorious again in the All-Terrain 4WD categor y in 2011, taking the number of wins for Discover y models to a phenomenal seven in a row. This was despite a robust challenge from Jeep’s impressive new Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0 -litre turbo-diesel, which outpointed Discover y 4 in the critical Value for Money stakes. Here, the bold newcomer topped the Disco in pricing and depreciation (comprehensively), fuel consumption and insurance and matched it for standard features. But the champion that it is, the Land Rover came back all guns blazing in Design and Function and On and Off Road to successfully defend its crow n yet again. We said last year that, “ It’s man enough to skilfully tackle serious off-road duties, while strong performance, adept road manners, refinement and occupant comfort haven’t been sacrificed. Discovery again confirmed that rugged compromise isn’t necessary for all-terrain mastery.” We also reported that, “ The air suspension delivers a supple and comfor table ride, while judges again praised its handling precision that exceeds expectations for an all-terrain vehicle weighing nearly 2600kg.” The same can be said in 2011. Australia’s Best Cars awards judges gave the Disco 10 out of 10 for off-road engine gearing and traction, and near-perfect nines for safety, comfort, space, ergonomics, performance, ride, smoothness and quietness and off road clearance and articulation. Indeed, so smooth and comfortable is the Discovery 4 that award judges had, at times, to remind themselves that they were driving an All-terrain, not Luxury, categor y 4WD. The SDV6 SE is ‘motor-vated’ by a 3.0 -litre sequential twin-turbo diesel engine (jointly developed with Jag uar) pumping out a brutish 600Nm of torque, some 36 percent to the better of the 2.7-litre diesel in Discovery 3. Power, at 180 kW, is also up nearly 30 percent. 2011 T he Australia’s Best Cars awards are judged by a panel of experts from Australia’s motoring clubs. Darren Moody, our General Manager Roadside and Technical Services, represents the RACT on the panel. Now in their 12th year, the awards rate all volume-selling models in the Australian market against 19 individual cr iteria. Our Australia’s Best Cars feature lists all 15 winners, w ith brief summaries from the judges. (Refer to page 23 for explanations of abbreviations used.) For full results and detailed assessments, check the Australia’s Best Cars magazine, now on sale in R ACT branches and newsagents – or visit the website at www.australiasbestcars.com.au. Accurate, Balanced, Comprehensive The judges, left to right: J ohn Ewing RACQ (in front), And rew Clark RAA , Alex Forrest RAC, Greg Hill RACV, Mark Borlace RAA , Trent Nicolik NRMA , D arren Moody RACT, Barry Green RACQ, Tim Pomroy NRMA, Ern est Litera RACV Australia’s Best Cars December 2011 / January 2012 49
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