What will they cost?
Our contenders all cost within £800 of each other after you’ve factored in dealer discounts. Consider all of the bills you’re likely to face during three years of ownership as a cash buyer (depreciation, tax, insurance, servicing and fuel) and the Audi and Land Rover will cost much the same. However, the Mercedes will work out at least £2500 more expensive over the same period due to its heavier depreciation and higher servicing costs.
It’s worth bearing in mind that cars registered after 1 April 2017 with a list price of more than £40,000 are subject to an extra £310 a year in VED (road tax) for the first five years. That means you’ll pay £450 a year to tax any of these.
The Audi is by far the cheapest if you’re planning to buy using finance. Put down a £5000 deposit on a three-year PCP deal and you’ll pay £516 a month which looks like a bargain when you consider that the Mercedes will cost you £566 and the Discovery £583. All of these deals limit you to 15,000 miles a year, but you can reduce your monthly repayments if you sign up to a lower annual mileage or stump up a bigger deposit.
All three cars come with automatic emergency braking, which can stop you from running into the car in front. At the time of writing, the Audi’s crash safety hadn’t been appraised by Euro NCAP, but the Land Rover and Mercedes both achieved the maximum five stars, with the Mercedes scoring slightly better marks for adult, child and pedestrian protection.
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