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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Land Rover Discovery

Best in class
Overall verdict
Excellent, but also slight overkill in reality. Buyers don’t seem to mind.


Enormously capable, enormous vehicle, enormously enviable image


Better in the country than around town where its size becomes an issue


What is it?

The estate manager’s vehicle compared to the estate owner’s Range Rover. Prior to the launch of the current Range Rover, the big Land Rover was close as it’s ever been to its gentrified relative. Enormously capable, it’ll cross any terrain you ask it to.

It was upgraded in 2014, with a fresh nose and other detail changes. It also, finally, got engine stop-start, just the thing for reducing local pollution outside the school while dropping all the kids off. The core remains the same, so it’s getting on a bit and due for imminent replacement, but it remains a hugely desirable machine.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.0 Supercharged Si6 HSE 5dr Auto
6.9s 254g/km 26.0 340 £59,055
The cheapest
2.0 SD4 S 5dr Auto
8.0s 171g/km 43.5 240 £43,140
The greenest
2.0 SD4 HSE 5dr Auto
8.0s 171g/km 43.5 240 £56,640
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