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Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S P360 4WD 2021 Review

This week we are driving the Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S P360 4WD. Since its introduction in Australia in 1991, the Discovery has been a strong competitor to the LandCruiser and Patrol that dominated the market back then.

Now in its fifth generation the Discovery provides a combination of on road ride and handling along with off road capability that few can genuinely match.


Looking more like a large SUV than a robust 4WD the Discovery has sleek lines that make it look smaller than it actually is. Step inside and the luxury ambience is obvious. It definitely feels classy with cream leather everywhere and well laid out dash and instruments. One feature is the 11.4 inch light touch screen is integrated into the central stack in elegant style.

Rear seat room is good for three taller people and the rearmost two seats are best in class.

It’s still the best seven seat 4WD on the market for space and versatility for a large family.

4WD capability is enhanced by the Electronic Air Suspension, twin-speed transfer box (high/low range), electronic rear diff lock and Terrain Response drive mode selection.

Priced from a touch over $107,000 plus the usual costs it’s poised perfectly to take on the new LandCruiser 300 series.

This is a Motoring Minute

Im Rob Fraser

Some Previous Discovery Reviews

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Effortless 4WD ability
  • Smooth drive, ride and handling
  • Elegant interior
  • 4WD tyre options for 20 inch wheels
  • Long and expensive options list
  • Steering wheel controls lack sensitivity


Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S P360 4WD

Model Price From $107,175 MLP* PAT $127,289 MLP*
Engine 2995cc Ingenium Turbocharged In-line 6 Cylinder Petrol MHEV
Drivetrain 8 speed Sports AT 4WD
Power 265kW @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
Torque 500Nm @ 1,750-5,000 rpm
Safety Five Star  ANCAP (tested 2017)
CO2 Emissions 215g/km
Economy ADR / Tank 9.2 L/100km (ADR combined)  10.4 L/100km over our test / 90L
Performance 0-100kmh 6.5 secs / Top speed 209 kmh
Servicing Service Plan 5 Years/130,000 max kms (whichever occur first) – $2,650
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD / Towing 10
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8


Overall Length 4956mm
Wheelbase 2923mm
Width / Height 2073mm / 1888mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 207mm / 900 mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure (degrees) 26.0 / 21.2 / 24.8
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 90 Litres / 12.41mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM 23505kg / 3210kg / 6710KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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Some Model Details

21MY Land Rover Discovery R-Dynamic S P360 from $107,175 MLP*

Colour / Trim: Namib Orange/ Light Oyster/ Ebony grained leather seat facings with Light Oyster stitch

Options: Price-As-Tested: $127,289 MLP*

Standard Features

Powertrain – Transmission, Driving Dynamics

Exterior Features and Finishes

Seating, Interior Features and Finishers

Wheels and Tyres

Information, Communication & Entertainment

Safety, Security & Driver Assistance

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