Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 3.9 - 4.5 mpp
Diesel engines 4.7 - 5.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 23.0 - 26.7 mpg
Diesel engines 28.3 - 33.9 mpg

Land Rover Discovery running costs

  • They're not particularly economical
  • Diesel versions are the best of the bunch
  • Up-front servicing plans available

The Discovery's running costs are not going to be cheap, and there's still some black marks against Land Rover's name when it comes to overall reliability, but overall, it's comparable with its German rivals on this score.

MPG and CO2

There are two diesels, developing 250 and 300hp, and two petrols (300 and 360hp) with the latter enjoying mild-hybrid technology to help boost performance and economy. Both the D250 and D300 will exceed 30mpg when driven carefully and are much more economical than the old V6 diesels.

See below for the economy figures of the entire Discovery model range:

  • D250: 31.9-33.9mpg, 218-232g/km
  • D300: 31.9-33.9mpg, 218-232g/km
  • P300: 23.0-25.3mpg, 251-277g/km
  • P360: 25.0-26.7mpg, 238-254g/km

Servicing and maintenance

Land Rover offers a number of Service Plans, which are designed for cost-effective maintenance of new and approved-used vehicles up to 10 years old with fixed up-front payments. You can make a one-off payment or spread the cost with monthly payments.

Service plans are transferable between owners as long as the schedule is adhered to via Land Rover dealers.

Reliability

  • Discovery reliability is not a strong point
  • Land Rover promises revised version is more reliable
  • It certainly feels better screwed together inside now

This is a large, sophisticated 4x4 and the Land Rover Discovery's reliability doesn't have a stellar reputation because of high warranty costs. Land Rover's build quality has improved in recent years, and with the latest Discovery facelift – but it lags behind the best Japanese opposition, and is on a par with the more complex Germans.

The company has some way to go in customer satisfaction surveys, not even making it into the top 20 of Fleet News' FN50 reliability survey, though, even if generally Land Rover’s cars are seen as being robust.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £250 - £585
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 33 - 45
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