The Land Rover Discovery

Faced with a near vertical cliff in front of us, we couldn’t imagine a way to get around the obstacle, let alone over it, but as we were assured by our trusty Land Rover driving expert, this gorgeous looking executive 4x4 was fully capable of scaling the wall of dirt laid out before us with comfortable ease.

Unlike most tests we get to do for Afropolitan, Land Rover invited us to test the new Discovery at their Land Rover Experience in Lonehill, Fourways, as well as to drive it for a week to get the full on and off-road experience. As we quickly found out, the Discovery is designed for the discerning driver, with an interior that oozes sophistication and class. The great finishings are complimented by a superb selection of gadgetry to take care of your every need behind the wheel. This is the perfect car to take the family on a bush bashing holiday as it’s spacious enough for five adults with plenty of luggage, and it’s tough enough to drive to hell and back.

The Land Rover Discovery Faced with a near vertical cliff in front of us, we couldn’t imagine a way to get around the obstacle, let alone over it, but as we were assured by

On the road the Discovery is quiet, smooth and extremely comfortable. Although the diesel was slightly sluggish off the line, the overall speed and power is fabulous. It’s a comfortable cruiser around the streets of town, and the smooth changing automatic gearbox delivers changes when they are needed and makes sitting in bumper to bumper traffic a bearable hassle. Everything in the Discovery is at your fingertips and this 4x4 is a prime example of an executive’s family car. But with all that said, we found out very quickly that buying a Land Rover Discovery to sit in your garage and take you to work is like buying an iPad to play games. Yes it’s fun and yes it’s good at playing games, but unless you really use the Land Rover, you are completely wasting its potential and not getting value for the money you spend.

At the Land Rover Experience we were able to put this engineering masterpiece through every challenge you may face inside and outside of South Africa and we were given a chance to appreciate the world around us in a whole new way. The Discovery drove along a wall of dirt nearly on its side without making us feel out of control, it drove through door-high water without a drop entering the cabin or engine and it scaled a near vertical wall of dirt without slipping, sliding or slowing on its way to the top. Switching between different driving modes and surfaces requires nothing more than the turn of a dial and the 4x4 does all the rest of the thinking for you. It can help you brake down a hill, shift down a rock or creep across beach sand.

The Land Rover Discovery really is the best car for the adventurous family to take on holiday, and if you have any doubts about its ability, visit the Land Rover Experience and check it out. The Discovery costs between R680 000 and R810 000 depending on model.