Which 4WD? Late Model Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE/SE or Toyota Landcruiser Prado Kakadu?
This is my first post in OzBargain. There seems to be an honest community to provide advice here.
I am looking to replace my 2008 BMW X5 SD with a large 7 seater 4WD that can do some offroading (beach driving, trails, gravel roads, mud, but nothing too hard core like expedition trips in the middle of nowhere or bumpy rock crawling. A SUV/4WD with good ground clearance and low range (though I have been told some modern 9 speed gear boxes have 1 and 2 gears act as low range.
I have narrowed my options to a 2014-16 Land Rover Discovery 4 or 2015-16 Landcruiser Prado Kakadu. My heart is telling Disco, but my head is telling Prado!
My initial thoughts:
a) Discovery (used 60-80,000 kms)
positives:- smooth ride, refined,luxury, strong motor, Terrain response, comfy 7 seater, long service interval
negatives: - reputation for issues/breakdowns (though I think this is largely sorted with later LR cars), just nervous being stuck offroading with toddlers in the back seat! Rear diff lock is not standard!
b) Prado (used 60-80,000 kms)
positives:- functional and reliable, parts should be easiler to source, good standard options.
negatives: - interior design lacks the euro feel, short servicing intervals, less powerful motor.
I will do 95%+ of my driving on the road, and was a good long distance tourer.
Does anyone have recent experience with either of these two 4WDs? I would love to hear your experiences and recommendations?
Also, any other vehicle I should consider?
I did rule out the Ford Everest (didnt really like the interior), Mitsu Pajero (getting old in its design), Jeep Grand C (lack of 7 seater)