4. Land Rover Discovery 4

Land Rover Discovery 4
19 Jul, 2013 11:30am

As a family car the Land Rover Discovery 4 is without equal – but it doesn’t come cheap, which is why it ranks in fourth place in our rundown. What makes it so good? Well if its distinctive looks, desirable image and luxurious cabin fail to win you over, its smooth powertrain, practical interior and huge boot will convince any family driver.

Each of its seven seats can comfortably accommodate a tall adult, and the Range Rover-style split tailgate is great for impromptu picnics. Fold the rear seats flat and the Land Rover can moonlight as a removal van. The Discovery 4 is also an award winning towcar and an imperious off-roader, so it shrugs off snowy road conditions and muddy campsites.

A slick eight-speed automatic gearbox makes the most of the TDV6 engine’s 251bhp power output but high emissions (230g/km) and fuel consumption ensure running costs are steep – you’ll do well to see economy hit more than 30mpg. Even entry-level GS models feature air suspension but XS trim represents the best value, while HSE models come lavishly equipped.

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