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Land Rover Discovery
The Top Gear car review:Land Rover Discovery
Running costs and reliability
The V6 will do 450 miles on one tank, so that, at just over £51,000, is where we’d start looking. If you need cheaper, the four-cylinder Discovery S gets plenty of kit a standard: an eight-speed automatic gearbox, air suspension, 19in alloys and a proper spare wheel slung underneath, a powered tailgate, seven seats, cruise control and a heated windscreen plus lane departure warning and anti-crash braking. No sat nav, mind.
Leather seats come in at SE grade, with handsome LED headlights and mood lighting inside. HSE grade brings (still tiny-looking) 20in wheels, a very helpful blind-spot monitor, 3G on-board internet (where’s the 4G, Land Rover?) keyless entry and a 380W Meridian hi-fi. Step up to HSE Lux for 21in rims, a better sound system, four-zone climate control, a glass roof and the ultimate Terrain Response 2 gadget.
For the first year of the Disco 5’s life, there’s a three to four month waiting list, which will boost early residuals. Whether or not it’s free of the reliability gremlins that plagued, well, all Discoverys of one form or another, remains to be seen. Top Gear is running a Discovery as a long-term test car from late 2017 to early 2018, so we’ll be reporting in the magazine soon.