|£26,059 – £27,340|
A remarkable piece of kit with remarkable abilities; but they come at a remarkable price.
If you’re looking for a class act, then look no further. Settle yourself down behind the wheel of Land Rover’s Discovery 4 Commercial and prepare to frighten the pheasants — or should that be peasants? — as you venture off-road in a truly gentlemanly 4x4 van.
For your money, and rather a lot of it, you get a five-door light commercial with a 2.1m3 or thereabouts cargo area and a roughly 700kg gross payload capacity. A two-piece bulkhead — mesh upper half, solid lower — should stop items sliding forwards and finishing up in the cab.
Power is provided by a 190hp/440Nm 2.7-litre TDV6 diesel linked to a six-speed manual gearbox; a six-speed auto is up for grabs as an alternative. Four-wheel drive is permanent in true Land Rover style and the package includes four-corner electronic air suspension.
Interior features include climate control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
With 190hp under your right foot, and despite the fact that Discovery is no lightweight, you’re in control of an exemplary high speed motorway cruiser. It doesn’t so much crash over bumps as steamroller them flat, offering a comfortable ride and better handling than you might expect from a big 4x4.
Off-road its performance is truly remarkable, which makes it all the more the pity that most owners won’t exploit its potential to the full. It’ll go almost anywhere and has a lot more ability in the rough than the average 4x4 pick-up.
There’s one key drawback, however, and that’s the price; but if you’ve got the cash burning a hole in your pocket, and a yearning to spend it, then you won’t be disappointed.
Discovery 4 Commercial is covered by a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Services intervals are set at 16,000 miles.