Being crowned 2018 4X4OTY is no small accomplishment when you consider the competition, the unfathomable experience of the judges, and the extensive testing criteria.

4x4 Australia are dead serious when it comes to their off-roaders, so when it came time to test the best on offer, they obviously didn't hold back.

Over the course of a week they tested 6 vehicles representing the cream of the crop from China, Germany, Japan, the USA and the UK.

Fraser Stronach from 4x4 Australia said their "test procedure involved set-piece off-road, rocky trail driving, general long-distance touring on a variety of roads, seating tests, and under-bonnet and load-area inspections."

From this extensive range of tests, "judges independently scored each vehicle against a set list of criteria" said 4x4's Tristan Tancredi, "value for money, breaking new ground, built tough, bushability and doing the job it’s designed to do".

In the end, it was Land Rover Discovery's broad-spectrum appeal on-road and off-road that impressed the judges. An achievement made possible thanks to the state-of-the-art aluminium monocoque body – passed down from the higher end Range Rover.

480kg lighter than its predecessor, the Discovery breaks new ground – on every surface and offers a "game-changing shift in terms of weight versus size, and engine versus performance" according to Tancredi.

This latest award proves that Land Rover Discovery can conquer everything.

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