Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy a Land Rover Discovery?

It's the one to buy if you need oodles of space and peerless off-road potential. The Land Rover Discovery is outstanding in many areas – as a car for large families, it's near unbeatable. Thanks to its sheer size and usefulness, and as long as you're not limited by parking space, there are many good reasons to buy one.

The question is, which one do you buy. The most popular trims are the upper-range HSE along with the easy-on-the-pocket SD4 engine. Adding a Panoramic sunroof is likely to add value (fitted as standard to the HSE and HSE Lux and the Entertainment Pack will particularly appeal to family buyers.

'The way the Discovery drives and the sheer usefulness of its interior are two hugely positive points over above its brilliant off-road capability. And remember, you can't see how it looks from the driver's seat…'

Keith Adams, Editor

The option of a fixed, retractable or detachable tow bar is useful if you tow a caravan, making use of the Disco's amazing ability to pull heavy loads is a no-brainer. Securing any form of deal is getting easier in these days of continuing negative press coverage about Land Rover's future prospects. Taking a finance package offers even more chance to negotiate on rates and the amount payable a month.

Assuming you can stomach its looks, it's a satisfying car to own. Sure, it's not as economical or as green as its rivals, and there are currently no hybrid options, but then it makes a much better fist of going off-road when the going gets tough. It's arguable just how often buyers will choose to do this – but in our books, in order to be a good SUV, it needs to excel off- and on-road.

That the Discovery achieves this balancing act in spades is a great achievement. It's a car that that you can buy with confidence, especially considering its super-strong residuals. Just don't expect to be light on your wallet or as reliable as its German and Japanese rivals.