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Land Rover Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 GS auto

Land Rover

Review

A new V6 diesel engine is now being employed under the bonnet of the Land Rover Discovery 4.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel offers significant power gains while improving on the efficiency of the previous 2.7-litre unit (which continues to be offered).

Instead of 190bhp and 324lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-litre unit offers 245bhp and 442lb-ft. And to go with the extra oomph, claimed combined fuel economy has risen from 27.7 to 30.4mpg and CO2 emissions have fallen from 270g/km to 244.

OK, so the savings are not earth-shattering, and the Discovery driver will continue to be taxed at the full 35% benefit-in-kind liability, but there is only so much that can be achieved in a seven-seat SUV with peerless off-road ability without resourcing to expensive-to-develop hybrid systems.

While a Discovery will never be a cheap option for company car drivers, it serves a purpose in offering proper 4x4 ability blended to a family vehicle which looks stylish inside and out and, thanks to the new engine, offers considerable performance.

The Discovery remains a desirable vehicle, backed up by the fact that CAP estimates it will retain 30% of its cost new after four years/80,000 miles. 

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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