Used car of the week: Land Rover Discovery

  • Capable off-roader, comfortable cruiser
  • Our favourite used model available from Β£30,000
  • Real-world examples
Words ByDoug Revolta

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The forthcoming Land Rover Discovery Sport was featured in our recent group test of SUVs. Click here to see how it fared against its competitors.

The Discovery Sport is set to launch in early 2015, but you can pick up a used model of the current Discovery for Β£30,000, more than Β£15,000 cheaper than it cost new.

Ideal Model Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 225 XS
Prices from Β£30,000

Why should I buy a used Discovery?

The versatile 4x4 is just as suited to comfortable on-road cruising as it is thrashing around off-road.

Seven adults can fit in the Discovery with ease thanks to its cavernous cabin space, and the driver will be hard pushed to find another car that gives a better view of the road ahead.

The second and third rows fold flat and the split tailgate adds to the practicality.

True, the 3.0-litre diesel needs to be worked hard to lug the sheer weight of the Discovery around briskly from standstill, but once you’re up to speed it never feels underpowered.

Which model should I choose?

Every Discovery comes with a 3.0-litre diesel, and our favourite model is the well-specced SDV6 225 XS that comes with cruise control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, heated leather seats, sat-nav and iPod/USB connectivity.

GS is the entry-level trim and that comes with air-con, four electric windows, Bluetooth and keyless entry and start-up.

How much should I pay?

Using the approved used car section on our website, a budget of around Β£30,000 can pick up our recommended SDV6 Discovery with XS trim from 2011. At this price, expect to find around 40,000-50,000 miles on the clock.

If the higher-spec Discovery doesn’t appeal to you, prices for a used GS entry-level trim model starts a bit cheaper at Β£26,000, but cars at this price are scarce. Β£28,000 can land a GS from 2011 that’s covered 35,000 miles.

What problems should I look out for?

As the Discovery is such a capable off-roader, make sure that previous owners have looked after it; check that the suspension still offers a comfortable ride.

Look for any signs of wear around the boot and rear seats.

Some owners have reported that the electronic handbrake has failed; test it thoroughly.