Last week’s Land Rover Discovery drive day wasn’t the usual ride along with a manufacturer’s new model. After meeting in Sydney’s Centennial Park we took our entourage of Discovery’s South to the almost British countryside of Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands.
We drove through farmland to catch some yabbies, before heading to Biota for Lunch. The whole experience of driving a Discovery through someone’s property in the countryside and catching our lunch, for me epitomises Land Rovers rural heritage.
After catching and cooking our yabbies, we were treated to a three-course lunch at Biota. Our chef and host for the day, James Viles is the owner of two hatted Biota and is famous for his commitment to sustainability and his imaginative modern food.
The car is incredibly smooth to drive, it doesn’t take long to forget how big it is, and while we didn’t get to properly push them off road everything felt really stable, with plenty of off road settings to chose from, nothing should be too much of a challenge.
The interior is superb, the leather trim is immaculate and the interface with the media system is simple and straight forward, I had my Bluetooth connected very quickly and forced my taste in music on everyone in no time. The sound system is super punchy, with Meridian providing the 14 speaker system including a dual channel woofer.
Our model had the Powered gesture tailgate which allows you to operate the tailgate ‘hands-free’ outside the vehicle without needing to physically touch the car or the smart key. When the smart key is detected, the feature can be operated by a kicking gesture underneath the vehicle using sensors located on either side of the tailgate.
You can control the folding or lifting of the rear seats, and climate control with an app if you’re not in the car and the leather seats are air conditioned as well as heated.
Customers can now choose any of the three engine specs with any of the discovery models, which is a new offering for the Discovery, so you can drive the top of the range HSE Luxury with the somewhat low powered but fuel efficient 132kw 2.0 Litre TD4 Ingenium Diesel Automatic or likewise the base model S (not available in Australia at launch) or SE with the 3.0 Litre TD6 Diesel Automatic (258PS/190kW). This will definitely make the Discovery appealing to a lot more people.
We’ll be reviewing the Discovery in more detail in Oct. In the meantime, you may want to check out our review of the impressive Discovery Sport HSE TD4 180.
You can view the Land Rover Discovery Range here.
Words and photos by Bob Barrett