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LandCruiser 200 VX vs Discovery 3 HSE review

By Allan Whiting, 23 Mar 2010 Road Tests

LandCruiser 200 VX vs Discovery 3 HSE review

Allan Whiting takes two turbo-diesel giants - the Lancruiser 200 VX and Discovery 3 HSE - into tough bush terrain for an off-road slug-fest.

Allan Whiting takes two turbo-diesel giants - the Lancruiser 200 VX and Discovery 3 HSE - into tough bush terrain for an off-road slug-fest.

Going bush in style ain't a cheap exercise these days.

When the Discovery 3 was launched in 2005 it was tagged with a much higher price than its predecessor, but balanced that with a great deal more technology, better fit and finish, increased interior space and, as time has proved, excellent reliability. However, the $75,000 ask for an air-suspended SE V6 turbo-diesel was too much for many Landophiles.

The much-anticipated LandCruiser 200 Series also sports 'sticker shock' pricing, with the new base model, the GXL petrol V8, a 70-grand proposition. The potent V8 diesel version carries a heady $10,000 premium.