Used Land Rover Discovery (2004 - 2017) Safety & Reliability

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.

3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

The Discovery 3 was awarded a four-star adult-occupancy rating in Euro NCAP crash tests along with four stars for child safety. That's not a bad score by any means but alternatives like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 have five star ratings.

The Land Rover Discovery safety package includes front, side and curtain airbags, along with dynamic stability control and active roll mitigation - a system which prevents the car from rolling over in sudden direction changes.

For the 2014 model Land Rover offered a range of new safety systems including blind spot monitoring, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection and T-junction cameras (enables driver to 'see' crossing traffic without having to stick the car's nose out into on-coming traffic).To further enhance off-road safety there is now the option of Wade Sensing that measures water depth to help stop the driver taking the Discovery past its wade depth limits.

4 out of 5


Historically, Land Rover Discovery reliability has not been that great, with many problem cars on the road. However, this model is a clean break with previous models and is proving to be very reliable. Some electrical problems have been reported in owners' reviews on, though nothing major has cropped up.

Car check problem points


Check for off-road damage when buying used.


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