Best all terrain 4WD

Land Rover Discovery4 TDV6

Despite heightened competition, Land Rover’s Discovery took home an Australia’s Best Cars trophy for a record ninth time in 2013.

The Discovery's overall build and finish quality was again best in class, continuing the company's long-held tradition of bringing the interior of a luxury car to one of the most capable off-roaders on the market.

The most important trait in a vehicle in this category is serious off-road ability. Here, the ‘Disco’ boasts a full-time, four-wheel-drive system that benefits from a central electronic differential and separate low range transfer case, as well as adjustable air suspension and proven Terrain Response drive mode system.

On road, the air suspension again comes to the fore, offering an extraordinarily supple ride that somehow also manages to keep cornering roll to a minimum. When you bear in mind that it weighs nearly 2.6 tonne, the Discovery’s on-road composure and handling are astounding.

A smooth, eight-speed ZF automatic transmission – introduced in 2013 – brings out the best of the Discovery’s twin-sequential, turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

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Australia's Best Cars Best All Terrain 4WD Land Rover Discovery4 TDV6

Indicative Drive Away Price: $75,469

Criteria out of 10 – Land Rover Discovery4 TDV6


Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  5H
Depreciation  4M
Running Costs  4L
Fuel Consumption  4H
Warranty and dealer access   3H
Insurance  3L
Standard Features  8H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  5C
Comfort  10H
Space  9C
Practicality  9C
Ergonomics  9M
Build and Finish  9H

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  9H
Ride  10M
Handling  9M
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   9L

Off Road   Rating 
Engine Gearing and Traction  10C
Clearances and articulation  10C

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.