There were only two 4x4 awards in Auto Express’ Used Car Honors 2008 Survey and Land Rover won them both.
Evidently, if you want a compact SUV, the Freelander is the best option, and if you’re more in the market for a premium SUV, you should opt for the larger Discovery 3/LR3.
This is what actual owners said in a survey that Auto Express sent out earlier this year, where their vehicles bested the likes of the new BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class, and even the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport!
In the end, it was the Discovery’s blend of practicality and desirability that won over the judges.
Auto Express editor-in-chief, David Johns said: "The Discovery 3 is more widely available than its immediate rivals, and the spacious cabin is a delight. The proud, boxy styling hints at the fact that the Land Rover is more capable off-road than any other car in this class – so if you want an authentic, grass-roots 4x4, the Discovery is the one to go for."
Land Rover UK's managing director, John Edwards, agreed: "The Discovery 3 is an outstanding vehicle that continues to win widespread acclaim for its all-round capability and practicality. Owners who contributed to the 2008 Auto Express Driver Power survey earlier in the year praised its ride and handling, comfort levels, usability and ease of driving. This feedback coupled with receiving the Used Car Honors award really proves that the Discovery 3 is an ideal vehicle if you are in the market for a used 4x4."
While many entries in the over-crowded SUV marketplace offer “seating for seven”, the seven-seat interior in the Disco3/LR3 is not only huge, it’s hugely adjustable...and hugely comfortable. And when only five are on board, there is plenty of room for luggage. Add Land Rover’s optional air-suspension and Terrain Response System and you’ve got a very crowd-pleasing package.
And you take home an award or two.
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