Engine: 2720cc TDV6, remapped
Power/torque: 230bhp/395lb ft (190bhp/325lb ft as standard)
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Speed: 112mph/0-60: 12.8sec
Factory combined mpg: 30.7
LRO RWT mpg: 25.7
380 MILES TO GET THE FULL LOWDOWN...
Isn’t the D3 a bit too complicated?
It is prone to ‘Computer says no’ moments, such as Engine System Failure or HDC Failure, but the ‘fix’ is often simple: just switch it off and switch it back on again!
Fuel consumption isn’t all that bad...
33.8 was the best average mpg
figure I saw, after 108 miles of the A1 – mostly at 70mph. That’s more like 30mpg based on the inaccuracy of the on-board computer, which claimed 28.9mpg overall (actually 25.7).
Power delivered in a 1400rpm window
I’ve talked about our remapped TDV6’s lack of low-down grunt before, but this route highlights it. Get the turbo and fuelling systems collaborating from 1800rpm and in-gear acceleration is brisk, but it’s devoid of any go below that. It’s all done by 3200rpm. The steep climb out of Pateley Bridge is second gear territory; the snaking uphill esses after Kettlewell need first. Painful.
Command driving position scores
Stretches of deep snow along the Stalling Busk lane force an about turn – there’s only so much grip the part-worn all-terrains can find – but thankfully, visibility is excellent, and placing the square-rigged Disco is easy.
I can’t fault the driving position, or its chunky controls. It’s far simpler to engage low-range and adjust Terrain Response with knobs and levers than the row of flush-fitting buttons you get in new Land Rovers.
Weight is the D3’s biggest enemy
It’s too big for more overgrown greenlanes, and at almost 2.6 tonnes it is definitely too heavy for its own good. The air suspension gives a soft and well-controlled ride, its steering is surprisingly precise, but that kerbweight is always there to bite you. If you take a crest too fast, an untidy landing will follow. And, the brakes lack confidence-inspiring bite.
What's the point?
LRO’s Real World Test gives an independent, ‘real world’ fuel economy figure based on a varied and enjoyable 380-mile route, rather than sitting on a dyno.
It’s a big drive to do in one day, so we get up early and start by brimming the fuel tank at a garage on the A1 in Lincolnshire.
By doing the same at the end, it’s easy to get a precise ‘combined mpg’ figure – meaning a blend of motorways, fast A-roads, country roads, a couple of long greenlanes and a rush-hour city crawl. And, we find out more along the way!
Our test route
Bloody Oaks services, Stamford > A1 north Knaresborough > Arncliffe > Kettlewell > Middleham > Bainbridge > Stalling Busk (byway) > Hubberholme > Cam High Road (byway) > Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes > Settle > Silsden > Bradford > M62 east > Ferrybridge > A1 south > Bloody Oaks services, Stamford
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