It’s a big Land Rover: remember that, and you’ll love the wallowing, relaxed gait of this beast. It’s still a remarkable pleasure to sit up high and see the whole flat bonnet laid out before you, trundling down the road. And, joy of joys, the current Discovery seems to be one of the few large SUVs left that hasn’t had 100 per cent of its lateral roll dialled out. So, while the Bentley Bentayga and Audi SQ7 might leave you feeling a little queasy with their flat cornering, the Disco offers a more traditional ride and is all the better for it.
Despite 256bhp from the turbocharged 3.0-litre SDV6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic, this is not a car for testing your sporting prowess, although there is plenty of power for swift, short bursts of acceleration to get out of trouble, so long you don’t mind never touching 30mpg (the official Combined figure is 36.7mpg – good luck with that).
Off-road, the Disco is exemplary. It’s a crying shame that 99 per cent of customers will never know what their Land Rovers are capable of, because these cars remain astonishing pieces of kit, wading through rivers with the water splashing over the bonnet (wading depth in the new Disco is curtailed only by the point at which the car starts to float), and descending vertical faces, braking individual wheels.