LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
Nice wagon, but its large diameter tyres are vulnerable in the bush - July 2017.
OTA owned a Discovery 3 for three years, so we reckon we’re in a good position to evaluate the improvements (and otherwise) incorporated in its successors, the Discovery 4 and the Discovery 5 that was released in July 2017.
Based on LandCruiser 100 and 200 Series the Lexus 470 and 570 models have never achieved the Range Rover cache they obviously craved. However, they'e beautifully assembled machines with silky-smooth petrol V8 power.
The Gelandewagen was originally planned as a German Army vehicle, displacing the VW Iltis and the first civilian version was produced way back in 1979. M-B has had three goes at selling the G-Wagon in Australia, with the current models showing the flag as a backdrop to the Australian Army’s purchase of 1200 4WD and 6WD G-Wagons.
Too much money for too little vehicle we think.
The ML's larger brother was progessively upgraded over the years. Unfortunately, this large wagon is still very expensive.
Specification changes could make this wagon a winner
The old 'square-rigged' Patrol is finished Down Under, leaving Nissan with the under-marketed Y62 petrol V8 model. The specification was wrong from the start and changes are still needed.
Although the Range Rover’s price tag limits the number of potential customers, the marque has continued to show the way to all other 4WD makers since its introduction in 1970. Sooner or later all 4WD designers adopt features initiated by Range Rover. While most of us can’t afford a new Rangie, the used market is well populated with pre-loved examples.
TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 200 SERIES
The 4WD wagon world's towing king - February 2016
When the much-anticipated 200 Series was launched in November 2007 there was good news and bad news for LandCruiser fans. Since then there have been several upgrades, but the basic package hasn't changed.
TOYOTA LANDCRUISER TROOP CARRIER
This voluminous wagon soldiers on - December 2016
The Troop Carrier has been given significant upgrades for 2017, with improved gearobx ratios and more dynamic and passive safety. However, some irritants remain.
LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 WAGON
After a 68-year lifetime Land Rover's original design is no more - January 2016.
The Defender’s post-2007 powertrain was straight from Land Rover’s previous owner, Ford. Production ceased in January 2016 and a replacement model is scheduled for release in 2018.
Jeep’s Commander was the brand’s first venture into the three-row-seating wagon market, sharing its powertrain, suspension and running gear with the Grand Cherokee, but with much softer damping. It’s no longer in production.