Toyota LC5 Prado Vs Land Rover Discovery 4

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Here's a quick comparison between the current 150 series Toyota LandCruiser LC5 Prado and the Land Rover Discovery 4.   

The Land Rover Discovery 4 was released in 2010 as a replacement for the Discovery 3. It is not a all new model but an update for the Discovery3's initial design.

The Land Rover brand image and its 4WD capabilities made this a popular choice for the magazine awards and those with cash to spare. Despite all the promotion the Land Rover Discovery is only popular in Europe. There are lots of reasons why which can be read below and else where.

 


Land Rover Discovery 4
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

We like the exterior design of the Discovery it is recognizably a Land Rover. It is close to a squared off car you can get, excluding vans of course. Clearly the Discovery 4 is marketed as an off road luxury car and it looks a feels great. Much better than the pictures suggest.

In terms of 4wd capability the Discovery 4 has all the possible electronic aids you can imagine including air suspension which means significantly variable measurement and specifications so I have only included the basic stuff. By all accounts the 4WD traction control systems are state of the art and it should be able to get you almost anyway you could want to go.

The interior design of the Discovery4 is a nice place to be. It is better than the Prado in terms of looks and materials. You can at least feel and see where your money went.

The engines are shared with other former manufacturers in the Ford empire so they are a known quality and the choice of engines are very good. The diesel engines in the Discovery 4 are notably more powerful than the competition and they all have one extra turbo charger.  Mind you the Discovery 4 really needs it because it weights up to 300kg more than the Prado. The petrol engine also requires premium or high octane unleaded so beware.

Lovely car but you'd need to get the larger 3.0 diesel priced from around $81,000 for it to be a worth while car in the normal performance sense. The petrol V8 but like all V8s it will use lots of petrol - the city cycle is reported at 19.8 litres per 100km.
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Mazda CX-9
2010 $51,990 - 63,186 AUD

 

 

The main problem with the Discovery4 is reliability. There are so many reliability complaints against the entire Land Rover model range whether on the internet, newspapers and even emails sent to us that you really have to wonder whether things are better than in the past. Some say the complaints are small like faulty trim, broken wipers or bad pixels on the control panel or intermittent button operation BUT remember this is a very expensive car these things should not even occur. You have every right to complain.

Regardless this is one car you really need to ensure that your servicing is followed precisely and get them to fix anything straight away before the problem gets worse.  We like the Discovery 4 but wouldn't buy one at this stage.

Landcruiser Prado (150 Series) Land Drover Discovery 4

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM
 

LR-V8 (AJ-V8)
V8 Petrol
Quad Cam with VVT EFI
5 Litre (4999cc)
Claimed 276Kw @ 6500RPM
Claimed 510Nm @ 3500RPM

LR-TDV6 3.0 AJ-V6D Series
V6 DOHC Diesel
Twin Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2993cc)
Claimed 180Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 600Nm @ 2000RPM

LR-TDV6 2.7  AJ-V6D Series
V6 DOHC Diesel
Twin Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
2.7 Litre (2720cc)
Claimed 140Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 440Nm @ 1900RPM
 

Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
2486 - 2583Kg
Towing capacity up to 3500kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 82 litres
V6 Diesel 10.2 litres per 100km (Auto)
V8 Diesel 14.1 litres per 100km (Auto)
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto
or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1845/1890
Overall length/wheelbase 4930/2790
Track (front/rear) 1585/1585
NCAP safety rating 4/5
6 speed Auto
or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1887/2176
Overall length/wheelbase 4838/2885
Track (front/rear) 1605/1612
NCAP safety rating X/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxxmm Max
Performance Performance

Prado performance figures

0-100kph - 12.7 V6 (diesel 2.7)
0-100kph - 9.6 V6 (diesel 3.0)
0-100kph - 7.9 V8

Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
 
2010 $68,490 - 126,460 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!


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