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  • rikwatson
    Member Since: 25 Oct 2019
    Location: woking
    Posts: 3
    United Kingdom 

    Adaptive Dynamics - worth it?

    So I understand the basic physics behind the system and that it should ultimately provide an improved ride in the vehicle. People that have it fitted seem to be very fond of it, but I'm keen for a side by side comparison before buying.

    I've been to 3 different dealerships now and very little seems to be know about the system by the sales force. They're not sure what it does, which cars come with it (one chap reckoned it was standard across the range...), or how to check if a car has it fitted.

    I test drove an HSE that I was initially told had AD fitted. After further questioning of the rep however, I realised he wasn't quite sure what AD did or even if the car I drove had it fitted - he was googling it during the test drive Rolling Eyes As I'm not sure how to check if it is equipped or not on a particular vehicle, it made the test drive a little pointless (though the car drove ok).

    So, any advice welcome on:
    1. AD - is it worth it?
    2. How does one check if a vehicle has AD fitted or not?

    Thanks in advance.
  • IndusD4
    Member Since: 28 Jan 2018
    Location: Sydney
    Posts: 566
    Australia 
    2018 Discovery Td6 SE Silicon Silver

    I have no idea about it being worth it, but take the VIN from the vehicle and check this in Topix, that should tell you what is fitted.

    Ron

    2018 D5 TD6 SE Silicon Silver e-Diff
    IIDTool BT
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    I think it’s well worth it. I bought it without a test drive, but hoped it would bring the handling closer to the RRS. It’s more about handling than ride.

    In total, I spend around 5 days in non adaptive Discos, so had a reasonable feel for them. I’ve done 3.5k miles in my AD car now.

    Much of the time, the AD car feels as the non-AD car does - no difference in a straight line and probably very similar in a medium sweeping bend.

    The advantage is in direction change. Think sweeping right around a roundabout, with the body leaning left, then turning left with the body now switching to leaning right. The non-AD car makes that change in a clumsier, more wallowy way than the AD car. Basically, the AD car adapts to the direction change far more easily and comfortably - probably better for passengers too. I suspect that body lean is more tightly controlled too, but don’t think the Disco has active anti-roll which the RRS does.

    Ride quality is just as good as the normal car.

    I’d spec it again in a heartbeat.

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
  • mordred1973
    Member Since: 08 Jan 2019
    Location: Northamptonshire
    Posts: 411
    United Kingdom 
    2017 Discovery Td6 HSE Fuji White

    so, the AD car is probably how a standard car really should be?

    2017 HSE Td6 with Capability plus pack, wade sensing, parking heater, armest fridge, head up display and surround cameras, 4 zone climate, black pack, privacy glass, adaptive headlamps, intelligent seat fold, deployable tow bar, side steps.
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    I’d say so Mordred. Coming from a BMW440i and never having had a 4wd of any type, I think the AD option makes it handle very ‘normally’ albeit as comfy, loping and soft was we like it.

    There are actually many bends that it tackles in a better way than the 440i, which was very much a nose-heavy understeering car unless deploying a lot of the power (which is tough to do under most circumstances).

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
  • JonM
    Member Since: 30 Jun 2016
    Location: North Yorkshire
    Posts: 308
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Farallon Black

    Adaptive dynamics was only an option from MY2019 onwards. Earlier cars won't have it.

    You can only check by looking up the build sheet from the VIN. There's nothing to see in the car.

    Having driven loan / demonstrator D5s without it and mine with it, I'd say yes, it's definitely worth having.

    MY2019 D5 HSE 3.0 SDV6 | Farallon Pearl Black | Black Pack | Privacy Glass | Capability Plus Pack | Adaptive Dynamics | Versatile Climate Pack | FBH with Timed Climate
  • mordred1973
    Member Since: 08 Jan 2019
    Location: Northamptonshire
    Posts: 411
    United Kingdom 
    2017 Discovery Td6 HSE Fuji White

    Equilibrium wrote:
    I’d say so Mordred. Coming from a BMW440i and never having had a 4wd of any type, I think the AD option makes it handle very ‘normally’ albeit as comfy, loping and soft was we like it.

    There are actually many bends that it tackles in a better way than the 440i, which was very much a nose-heavy understeering car unless deploying a lot of the power (which is tough to do under most circumstances).


    Having lived with mine for 21000 miles now, I would say coming up the M11 last night (loaded only with 2 adults and 2 kids), it has far to much uncontrolled float. One of several reasons it will not be on my shopping list next time around.

    2017 HSE Td6 with Capability plus pack, wade sensing, parking heater, armest fridge, head up display and surround cameras, 4 zone climate, black pack, privacy glass, adaptive headlamps, intelligent seat fold, deployable tow bar, side steps.
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    I definitely don’t feel like that in mine, use it on the M4 daily and had a couple of spirited 3rd lane runs along the motorway due to family emergencies.

    If you like everything else about it, I’d suggest trying a AD equipped demo back to back with yours.

    If you are ever around Bristol, you’re welcome to have a go in mine.

    Air suspension is quirky I think, but I also thought the D5 was superior to the (new,
    air suspended) X5 when I drove both a few days apart. The X5 felt very unsettled. Caveat being that it was all sub 50mph apart from very short motorway runs.

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    Just realised that you said ‘one of several reasons’, so probably ignore my advice about seeking out a demo AD car Very Happy

    Probably for another thread, but interested to know what has put you off it.

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
  • Labbix
    Member Since: 05 Mar 2018
    Location: Albania
    Posts: 821
     
    2018 Discovery Td6 HSE Lux Silicon Silver

    Mine MY18 feels actually very controlled, yes it floats in corners, but never reacts different than expected. Actually I think it’s easy to anticipate with this one, but am 100% sure I will take the AD if I can with the next one!
  • rikwatson
    Member Since: 25 Oct 2019
    Location: woking
    Posts: 3
    United Kingdom 

    Does anyone have a VIN for a car that definitively has AD fitted?

    Have put VIN for the car I demoed at the weekend through TOPIX and it states 'LESS ADAPTIVE DAMPING(PASSIVE)' .
    Assuming this means it wasn't fitted to the vehicle but would be interested what it says for an AD affirmative car, before I go back to LR Guildford and point out they have managed to show off the Adaptive Dynamics option in a vehicle without it even fitted...
  • Labbix
    Member Since: 05 Mar 2018
    Location: Albania
    Posts: 821
     
    2018 Discovery Td6 HSE Lux Silicon Silver

    I did pm you
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    Sent my VIN to you Rik.

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
  • rikwatson
    Member Since: 25 Oct 2019
    Location: woking
    Posts: 3
    United Kingdom 

    Thanks chaps.

    CONTINUOUS VARIABLE DAMPING is listed in the AD equipped cars, whilst those without have 'LESS ADAPTIVE DAMPING(PASSIVE)' on their list of 'minor features' in TOPIX.

    Now to go back to the dealership to thank them for wasting my time Rolling Eyes
  • Equilibrium
    Member Since: 26 Feb 2019
    Location: Bristol
    Posts: 209
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Carpathian Grey

    Cheers Rik. That’s terrible time wasting on their part and an unforgivable (yet sadly unsurprising) lack of knowledge.

    Drives MY2020 HSE Luxury SDV6 in Carpathian Grey/Glacier
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