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James Ward from CarAdvice gets behind the wheel of the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Landmark to see if it can still claim to match its slogan as being ‘the best four by four by far’. In a range offering nine covetable models, with an extensive list of customisable options, he notes the Landmark “seeks to simplify all of this by offering the ‘best’ of the Discovery in a well-specified package”.
Only available in a twin turbo V6, which Ward calls “delicious”, he goes on to say that it’s “quite frankly the ONLY engine you need to consider for the Disco…[it] is just so good.”
GENEROUS INCLUSIONS INSIDE AND OUT
Before he takes to the road, Ward is impressed with the standard specifications on the outside, like the Dynamic Exterior Design Pack, Signature Hi-Line LED tail lamps, 20-inch split-spoke wheels in gloss black, powered tailgate, and unique Landmark badging. Inside, there’s Ebony leather upholstery, unique ‘Lozenge’ aluminium trim, an eleven-speaker 380W Meridian Sound System with DAB tuner and a 360-degree parking camera.
More a car that you “climb up into rather than sit down in”, visibility is good and the layout inside is “exceptionally sensible and practical...there is nothing you need that isn’t easy to reach, nor anything you don’t need cluttering the layout”. Ward sees the 10-inch TouchPro system as a big improvement on the old 8.0-inch unit and a very comprehensive system, with some neat functions that show off-road performance and articulation settings.
PERFORMANCE “A DREAM”
Once he takes the Landmark Discovery out onto the highway, Ward finds the V6 is a dream, “with 225kW available from 3750rpm, it doesn’t take long to get things moving quickly”. Combined with a solid 700Nm of peak torque output, this “gives the Discovery smooth response when you need it, so that overtaking while touring, as well as dealing with decent elevation changes sees the Land Rover barely break a sweat”.
Performance around town also gets Ward’s tick of approval, with the drive still smooth and refined at low speeds, and air suspension all round ensuring the touring ride is very plush.
BUILT FOR THE GREAT OPEN ROAD
Heading off-road the Landmark Discovery surprises and delights. The use of the Terrain Select dial to choose your surface raises or lowers the car, and adjusts throttle sensitivity and traction settings to “give you the most fuss-free and dare I say, easy way to move forward. I ventured through some light-duty, but quite steep and rutted trails north of the city, and the car never even felt it had left the carpark”.
After finding out exactly what the Discovery Landmark was capable of, Ward concludes this car doesn’t disappoint as a “very enjoyable all-weather adventurer and a brilliant long-distance tourer”. He thinks if you just stick to city roads though, you’ll be missing out on the car’s greatest strength. “It’s too big to keep caged in an urban zoo...this is a car for the great open road, with plenty of room for five people and their clobber, and the engineering support to take you just about wherever you like”. For Ward, this is a car that does what its badge says: Discovers.