Land Rover Discovery

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How much does the Land Rover Discovery cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical Land Rover Discovery to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Land Rover Discovery 2.0L diesel costs £235.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band H.

It does not far off 44 MPG on average, which means it will cost £14.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel and the more thirsty BMW X6 3.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 33, which is lower than the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Hyundai Santa Fe has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel2.7L diesel3.0L diesel
mpg43.527.730.4 - 39.2
emissions171270189 - 244
tax£235.00£570.00£300.00 - £555.00
insuranceGroup 33 - 40Group 34Group 38 - 43

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Land Rover Discovery: How big is the boot?

The Land Rover Discovery has an above average boot space (889 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 6 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 7 large bags or 7 cabin bags instead.

The Land Rover Discovery SUV is the best in class, and better than its closest rival Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Is the Land Rover Discovery easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Mitsubishi Shogun.

This car is actually 80mm longer than the average street space, so parallel parking will never be easy.

Which Land Rover Discovery has the best performance?

The fastest Land Rover Discovery from 0-60, is the 3.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 700 lbs/ft torque and 306 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 7 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the BMW X5 3.0L diesel, which will beat your Land Rover Discovery to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel2.7L diesel3.0L diesel
zeroTo62811.77 - 9
torque500440600 - 700
bhp240190245 - 306

What size caravan or trailer, can the Land Rover Discovery tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Land Rover Discovery 3.0L diesel which has 700 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 3500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.