Used Land Rover Discovery (2004 - 2017) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 09 Nov 2015
The Land Rover Discovery 3, launched in 2004, marked a real step forward over the model it replaced. Huge improvements were made to quality and durability and it's packed with off-road technology designed to make it as good off-road as you'd expect of any Land Rover.

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Running costs

Land Rover Discovery running costs aren't going to be cheap, particularly if you're choosing the (now discontinued) V8, for which fuel economy is under 20mpg in everyday driving.

The 3.0-litre diesels are better for fuel consumption and versions with the 8-speed automatic launched in 2011 better still, though rival 4x4s can still offer cheaper running costs.

However, Land Rover has reduced servicing costs compared with the previous model and it holds onto its value better than other similar cars, thanks to the appeal of the Land Rover badge and the strong following the Discovery has in the UK.

Improved fuel economy for 2014

For 2014, Land Rover’s engineers manage to tease greater fuel efficiency out of the SDV6 diesel engine, which now averages a claimed 35mpg. That’s aided by a stop/start system fitted as standard, which cuts the engine when stationary in traffic. Carbon dioxide emissions were improved too – see below for details.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£2,601 - £2,601 *


£1,376 - £1,835 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

15,000 miles


Three years/unlimited miles

Road tax (12 months)

£330.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

It's little surprise that a heavy, large 4x4 scored badly on the environmental front, not helped by the fact that it was originally available with a thirsty V8 petrol engine. This was discontinued in 2007 and the line-up was made all diesel.

On older models, the best Land Rover Discovery emissions figures belong to the 3.0 SDV6 which emits less CO2 than the 2.7-litre at 244g/km while fuel economy is 31mpg.

The 8-speed automatic version (introduced in 2011) reduce emissions further down to 230g/km while the stop/start-equipped 2014 model has seen emissions come down again to 213g/km of CO2, meaning far cheaper VED costs.

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