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CarSales car of the year
  • The Land Rover Discovery showed particular strength when it came to dynamic performance, packaging, refinement, safety and design innovation
  • The state-of-the-art Discovery has Australian buyers well and truly covered
  • The Discovery is now far more than just an accomplished off-roader
What exactly does it take to win one of Australia's most prestigious car awards? To start with, it takes an eclectic field of competitors – and this year's front-runners were no exception. There were family cars, frugal hatches, luxury sedans, performance cars, and even an electric car. But only one would come out on top as an unexpected, yet deserving winner.

Included as a wildcard alongside the Honda CR-V, Land Rover Discovery was put through a gamut of tests and keenly inspected by the expert judges. After a week, it proved to out perform last year's winner, the Mazda CX-9, as well as several all-new cars including the Audi Q5 and the much-praised Hyundai i30.

The judges couldn't look past the fact that Discovery confidently mastered multiple disciplines. Breaking free of its 4x4 typecast and branding its name in the luxury people-moving category – a must have for any adventurous family.

The new aluminium monocoque chassis has a big part to play in this all-round ability. The significant reduction in weight (480kg lighter than the previous model) lets Discovery enjoy greater performance, together with improved strength, sustainability and efficiency.

And that's just the beginning, the judges go on to note:

"With the choice of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engines, five or seven-seat capacity, optional multi-terrain drive modes, air suspension and a towing capacity of up to 3500kg, this spacious, state-of-the-art Land Rover has the many needs and wants of Australian buyers well and truly covered."

Discovery has an astonishing breadth of ability with its slew of safety and driver-assist technology like autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, a reversing camera with parking aids, hill descent control and hill launch assist.

Match that with the endless inclusions such as tri-zone climate-control, multiple 5V USB points, electric front and rear seats, a powered tailgate, and we have a SUV that can conquer everything – even Australia's most prestigious car award.