Go and register yourself on www.aulro.com and learn all about the Discovery 4. Once you get a feel for the common issues with the vehicle, the 200 Series may seem good value after all!
With a Discovery 4 and the older 6 speed automatic gearbox you'll have to deal with gearbox shuddering after a certain mileage, rear suspension bolts failing suddenly, very expensive maintenance and parts pricing compared to Toyota, suspension arm bushes wearing out very quickly, air suspension pump failures, random electronic faults, wheel sizes too big for serious offroading, electronic park brake failures, premature turbo oil seal failures, very soft brake rotors requiring frequent replacements, and the diesel V6 engine uses timing belts instead of chains.
Land Rovers position themselves as "technology innovators" but most of the innovations are electronic gadgets - and not enough quality is invested into the mechanical components to get the basics to be reliable. There is far too much electrical drain on the battery and so simple issues like a flat battery will leave you stranded at the worst possible time, and the plume of blue exhaust when accelerating hard is embarrassing and a fault which Land Rover still have not been able to fix since the release of the D4. The tow bar assembly is a poxy design after thought and a weight distribution hitch can't be used on it. The dash may look quality but there are little creaks and groans going over little undulations, compared to the Cruiser which feels as tight as a drum. The Discovery 4's fuel filter is in the most ridiculous location, making it all too easy to introduction contamination into the fuel system when replacing the filter. And the D4's GVM is even less than the 200 Series.
To be fair, the D4 has proper seating for 7 adults, unlike the Cruiser's kiddies only seating in the 3rd row. And you can get a rear diff lock as a factory fitted option. Fuel economy is better than the 200 Series in just about all conditions. And it's got many international awards, so it'll be great to own and use as a daily vehicle whilst it's under warranty.
The true cost of a Land Rover is not the purchase price but the ongoing maintenance and depreciation.
A 200 Series may not have the character of the Discovery 4 but at least it's got the basics right, for example - you can fit 17" wheels and fit a plethora of proper offroad tyres. The engine is understressed and the automatic gearbox is strong. The transmission has a decent oil cooler and the fuel capacity is decent. Toyota is the true innovator - the TDV8 motor was developed for Toyota's Land Cruiser range, and not an adapted old engine from a sedan model from another co-owned brand. Same goes for the gearbox - it's not a sedan sourced gearbox, but one that is designed from ground up for the 200 Series.
Toyotas are not cheap vehicles anymore, but at least they are quality products and reliable.