Last year, the Discovery was a clear winner in this class. In 2008, some very tough competition ran the Land Rover close, but it has held on to the heavyweight class for a second year.

Other cars may be quicker or corner better if pushed really hard, but they can’t match the Discovery’s broad blend of talents. Even on the longest journey, seven passengers can be comfortable, thanks to the pillowy air suspension. For a 4×4, there’s little wind and road noise, and the engine stays in the background unless really pushed.