Just when diesel was rehabilitating a image, Volkswagen went and blackened a repute again, even among some Americans who couldn’t tell a diesel engine from a Tesla motor. But where Jaguar and Land Rover could have cut and run on their large skeleton to sell diesels in America, they’ve stayed a course, assured that their diesel models—fitted with diesel emissions liquid (DEF) tanks that vacate smog-forming nitrogen oxides—won’t give Americans asthma attacks or get association executives propitious for stylish jail jumpsuits. (Actually, we wouldn’t mind saying Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s on-a-roll pattern director, work something in orange tweed). And bravo, we say—especially after enjoying a Discovery’s now-peerless mix of SUV economy, luxury, and capability.
This sold V-6 turbodiesel serves adult 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of beefcake torque, ably served by an eight-speed involuntary transmission. The 60-mph symbol is damaged in 7.7 seconds from a passed stop, gripping docile gait with a 6.9 seconds of a gasoline-powered Discovery. As distant as revealing diesel noise, there’s usually a amiable chugga-chugga at idle, that we usually unequivocally beheld when station outward a using truck.
Even by diesel standards, however, this is one low-revving engine, with a redline of usually 4,000 rpm. Despite a ostrich-sized torque number, a motorist might notice a few beats of turbo lag, a languidness compounded by a quell weight of about 4,800 pounds—and that with an all-aluminum chassis. Get held in a wrong side of a 8 brazen gears, and a Rover can feel momentarily mired and sluggish, generally in chaotic city traffic. Still, once this liner gets rolling from a dock, there’s plenty grunt to cruise past slowpokes on a highway. Tire hold is modest, and a physique lists some-more in turns than in some sharper-tuned, full-size SUVs—a list that includes a remarkably well-sorted Chevy Traverse.
Yet this family-scale Landie never gets flummoxed. It steers smoothly, rides serenely, and feels as plain and still as a far-pricier Range Rover cousin. It’s a really gratifying SUV to drive.