Land Rover Discovery review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior rear seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 front right tracking
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 right tracking
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 headlight detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior rear seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 boot open
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 front cornering
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 rear cornering
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior dashboard
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior rear seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior infotainment
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 front right tracking
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 right tracking
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 headlight detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior front seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior rear seats
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior detail
  • Land Rover Discovery 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Land Rover Discovery’s list price undercuts many of its premium rivals if you opt for the entry-level D250 S. That makes sense if you’re looking for a big, seriously capable off-roader and don't care about excessive amounts of luxury kit. Start adding power and creature comforts, though, by stepping up to the D300 R-Dynamic SE, and the price creeps up, but it's still slightly cheaper than the Audi Q7 50TDI S line.

The Discovery is also several thousand pounds cheaper than Land Rover’s similarly sized – but faster and more luxurious – Range Rover Sport. PCP finance deals are competitive, so the Discovery could cost you less per month than its key rivals, and that's in part due to its strong resale values. It's predicted to retain more of its list price after three years than most key rivals.

Equipment, options and extras

No Land Rover Discovery is badly equipped, and even S trim gets leather seats, two-zone climate control, keyless entry and 20in wheels, plus all the other goodies we've mentioned earlier. We’d argue that it gives you all you really need and is the pick of the range. R-Dynamic S just adds a few sporty styling touches.

Moving up to R-Dynamic SE gets you 21in wheels, scrolling indicators, twin panoramic roofs and 18-way seats with memory. At the top of the tree is R-Dynamic HSE which gets 22in wheels, fancier ambient LED lighting inside, heated and cooled seats and the better stereo we've covered already.

Land Rover Discovery 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Land Rover Discovery is a very capable luxury SUV. It's desirable, roomy, nicely finished inside and quite at home on the road. It's much more useful than most of its rivals off-road, too. The D250 diesel engine is excellent and in S trim it undercuts the competition. If you have a bigger budget then it's also worth checking out the Audi Q7 and huge BMW X7.

  • Brilliant off road
  • Roomy third row space
  • Attractive PCP deals
  • Audi Q7 rides better
  • Not as agile as some rivals on the road
  • No plug-in hybrid version yet