How much do they cost now?
If you are feeling brave and fancy a gamble on the longevity of your purchase (old Land Rovers aren’t the most reliable or the cheapest products to maintain, and the Discovery 3 is no exception), you can pick up an early 2005 variant in good condition, but with a sky-high 170,000 miles on the clock, for £4000.
If that seems a bit too risky for you, £10,000 buys you a 2008 car that has covered 70,000 to 80,000 miles, while for something more recent and perhaps even with a sniff of manufacturer's warranty included, you can get a facelifted Discovery 4 – with its 3.0-litre diesel, plusher interior and smarter body-coloured bumpers – that has chalked up a perfectly sensible 30,000 miles for around £35,000.
Prefer something more modern?
The best large SUVs
10. Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s largest SUV offers rugged, go-anywhere ability and a usefully lofty driving position. It also has seven seats, plenty of equipment and a powerful yet economical diesel engine. It’s not the last word in refinement, though.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi 200 Premium seven-seater
9. Ford Edge
The Edge had been on sale in the US for a while, but it only came to the UK in 2016. It’s good value for money and even the cheapest trim level comes with a decent amount of kit. It doesn’t have the most powerful engine, though, and there’s no seven-seat option.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 210 AWD auto
8. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento comes with seven seats and, unlike many rivals, its third row is spacious enough for adults, not just children. It also has a punchy engine, heavy towing capacity and comfortable ride, but the very best competitors are cheaper and more refined.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi KX-2
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