This is the Discovery First Edition’s last week at wheels. Without a doubt, it’s been one of the most impressive long-term vehicles we’ve had here for a while. Although I was also among those who raised an eyebrow when the new Discovery was launched with its tradition-breaking, unapologetically curvy lines, I must admit that the new looks have grown on me after living with it for six weeks. In fact, now when I see the previous generation Discovery, I really appreciate the current one’s looks.
The polish and refinement in appearance have also translated into the way the SUV behaves on and off the road. The lighter, mostly aluminium body and the new monocoque chassis have lent it a level of sophistication that was alien to the last model. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, feels effortless and graceful all the time, under every condition. Equipped with all the multi-terrain goodies at Land Rover’s disposal, the Discovery can confidently be taken deep into the wilderness and should be able to handle whatever the rough country might throw at it.
One feature that I had forgotten to try until now is the activity key, a wrist strap that can be used when coming back from a swim, or any activity for which the smart key would be obtrusive. It’s waterproof to a depth of 30 metres and is shockproof. Once you exit the vehicle and close all doors, the antenna for the activity key is enabled for 30 seconds. The antenna is located behind the letter D of the tailgate’s Discovery badge. Once you place the activity key wrist strap against the letter D, the vehicle locks and arms the alarm system is activated. To unlock, you first press the tailgate release button to reactivate the antenna, and place the strap over the letter D again. Simple.
I wish coming to terms with the Discovery’s departure was as easy.