Key concerns

  • Out there for beneath Β£7,000
  • 3.Zero litre diesel V6, all-wheel drive
  • Very good practicality and luxury
  • Surprisingly succesful dealing with
  • Sufficiently big for household or work
  • Reliability a lot improved, however not low-cost to run


In case you wished to purchase a model new Land Rover in 1988, when smaller, extra reasonably priced Landies just like the Freelander have been nonetheless a far distant dream, your selection was stark: a Farmer Giles model Ninety or One Ten, or a Vary Rover that you just in all probability could not afford to purchase or run.

Land Rover’s house owners on the time, Austin Rover, desperately wanted one thing to plug the yawning hole between labourer and lounger. In 1989 the range-plugger arrived. Primarily based on the Vary Rover Traditional’s chassis and physique construction, the first-generation Discovery (Sequence 1 1989-1998 and Sequence II 1998-2004) have been a giant step ahead for Land Rover, even when the drivetrain selections – Defender-style diesels or thirsty, inefficient (by trendy requirements) petrol V8s – did hark again to olden days.

Nonetheless, gen-one Disco gross sales of over 670,000 proved that many folks favored that olde-worlde factor, and certainly many nonetheless do, however the L319 gen-two fashions – the Discovery Three of 2004-2009, which was the primary Land Rover product developed throughout Ford’s possession of the corporate, and the Discovery Four of 2009-16 – have been totally completely different kettles of fish.

The Discovery we’ll be discovering at present is the 4, an evolution of the three fairly than a completely new mannequin. It retained the three’s IBF (Built-in Physique Body) development, the simpler-frame/monocoque hybrid association that was the most important departure from the previous gen-one vehicles’ conventional ‘beefy ladder chassis with a physique plonked on high’ method. Gerry McGovern claimed the design credit for the 4, though in equity to Andy Wheel, the unsung hero behind the three who’s now Chief Designer at LR, the visible variations between the 2 have been largely restricted to the entrance and rear-end restyling touches that each producer applies to their mid-cycle refreshes. The 4’s entrance bumper was maybe a bit clumsy, however the boxy design that in a distinct type had served the Defender and its predecessors so properly remained largely intact.

These L319 Discoveries have been as practical as they have been good-looking, wanting no bigger than the previous 1/2s regardless of having a foot longer wheelbase. In actuality there was no comparability between the previous and new-gen Discoveries. The three & Four have been leagues forward of the 1 and a couple of in design modernity, each of their cabins and beneath the pores and skin. The additional size within the wheelbase turned it from a ‘5 plus two scrunched-up’ right into a magically roomy seven. The 4’s boot had a van-rivalling 2,558 litres of house in two-seat mode, 1,214 litres in five-seat mode (about twice the quantity you bought in a giant property), and the cargo room was nonetheless acceptable even with all seven seats in place, although with an unloaded weight of practically 2.6 tonnes the Four did not precisely toe the rising business line for lightness.

The upside of monster weight mixed with the L319’s fully-independent suspension package deal was an uncanny potential to squash nearly all irregularities in need of a volcanic caldera into submission, each on- and off-road. A intelligent suite of traction aids was headed up on the three, after which on the 4, by the appealingly easy ‘dial in your surroundings’ Terrain Response system. This was complemented by off-road oriented Digital Traction Management, tarmac-oriented Dynamic Stability Management, and the sensible Hill Descent Management that was first seen on the Freelander.

Discovery 4s primarily got here with V6 diesel engines (initially the Ford-developed ‘Lion’ unit). Technically at the very least there was a 340hp supercharged 3.Zero petrol V6 within the vary as properly, which supplied not a lot much less efficiency and a little bit extra economic system than the previous 4.Four V8, however you will battle to search out considered one of these within the UK. Similar goes for the 5.Zero V8.

The only-turbo 190hp TDV6 2.7 that had powered the three was changed by a 211hp 3.Zero TDV6 with an improved ZF six-speed computerized transmission and in the end in 2011 by a brand new, extra highly effective (253hp) and cheaper to gasoline twin-turbo 3.Zero SDV6 with an environment friendly 8-speed paddle shift gearbox. That is the one we’ll be concentrating on and describing within the spec under.

Highway testers and house owners alike cherished the L319’s mixture of consolation, real seven-seater house, go-anywhere potential and classiness. Sure, it was an MPV, however the stately Discovery’s prepared acceptance by the nation set gave it an air of superiority that merely wasn’t obtainable in different producers’ common-or-garden MPVs.

In 2014 LR dropped the ‘4’ from the badging and moved the rehabilitated ‘Discovery’ title to the bonnet rather than ‘Land Rover’. The brand new period of rakishly styled Land Rovers ushered in by the Evoque meant that the clear, squared-off look died with the final Disco 4s of 2016, together with a lot of the power of passengers to put on their high hats whereas travelling. The controversially styled ‘fifth’ (or actually third) technology Discovery of 2017 is the present mannequin. It prices practically Β£58,000 in SE format. Curiously you will pay about the identical for a top-spec lateDiscovery Four as you’ll for an early Discovery 5. That is some indication of the love that is nonetheless felt for the older automobile.

The good information for anybody eager about taking the plunge on a Discovery Four is that 2009 and even 2010 fashions can be found for beneath Β£7,000 so long as the mileage is true (ie on the flawed facet of 150,000), you are glad to take of venture and you are a bit useful with the spanners. Or ideally all three without delay.


Engine: 2,993cc, V6, 24v
Transmission: 8-speed computerized, rear-wheel drive
Energy (hp): [email protected],000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 442lb [email protected],000rpm
0-60mph: 9.6 secs
High velocity: 112mph
Weight: 2,583kg
MPG (official mixed): 32.5
CO2: 230g/km
Wheels: 19 in (20in choice)
Tyres: 255/55
On sale: 2009 – 2016
Value new: from Β£38,000
Value now: from Β£6,750

Observe for reference: automobile weight and energy information is tough to pin down with absolute certainty. For consistency, we use the identical supply for all our guides. We hope the information we use is true extra typically than it is flawed. Our recommendation is to deal with it as relative fairly than definitive.


As soon as you’ve got obtained previous the slight tremor on startup and the distant buzz via the controls at idle, the three.Zero SDV diesel and 8-speed field function with surpassing smoothness. There may be some wind noise from the display and the massive door mirrors, however usually talking the bluff Discovery Four acquits itself remarkably properly on the street. It is nonetheless probably the greatest automobiles for shifting a household far and quick and with minimal fuss. It is not fast, however the efficiency it does have is properly useable and you may attain your vacation spot sooner and extra refreshed than could be the case with an ideal many different vehicles. If energy actually is a matter, a remap will simply take you over the 300hp mark.

Inlet manifolds are identified to crack on the sooner (pre-2015) 3.Zero diesels. The half is round Β£200 however there might be as much as ten hours of labour concerned in becoming it. Extra critically, the crankshaft failure that might be a difficulty on the two.7 was not totally banished on the early (as much as 2012) 3.0s. It is good follow to alter the oil each 6,000 miles.

Servicing is completed on an annual or 16,000-mile foundation. The associated fee will rely upon what work is required, however ballpark figures from one of many many unofficial specialists round could be between Β£180 and Β£220 for an interim B service and between Β£280 and Β£325 for a serious A one. Official LR costs will clearly be significantly larger.

The seventh or 112,000 (although some say 105,000) mile service will contain substitute of the cambelt. Moreover the primary cambelt on the entrance and the same old water pump and aux belts, there’s one other belt on the again that runs the high-pressure gasoline pump. This can be a swine to get at and a serious contributor to the period of time it takes to do all of the belts without delay. Realistically it is a full day’s work altogether that can generate a four-figure invoice even when it is executed by skilled non-LR mechs.

Full belt- and turbo-swapping are extra simply executed with the physique raised up off the chassis. Skipping the again belt substitute on lower-mileage vehicles will get monetary savings and will not damage the engine – a snapped one will simply reduce off the gasoline – however a damaged cambelt will lunch the motor and you will be Β£10ok for a recon unit. Water pumps can leak, as can the ability steering, so keep watch over the coolant/steering fluid ranges.

The engine, transmission and switch circumstances can all leak oil, and there was a recall in the summertime of 2016 for engine cutout on the three.Zero diesels which clearly took the steering and braking help out with it. This bowel-loosener was traced to a fault with the crank place sensor. It affected vehicles inside the 2012-2014 mannequin 12 months vary.

Whining or buzzing noises can signify a worn entrance or rear differential. Examine the switch field by placing the trans into impartial and urgent the ‘low’ button to interact low vary mode. It ought to come out and in with out issues. Torque converters on the early 6-speed autos can put on out after 100,000 miles. The 8-speeders have been extra sturdy however it is best to change the transmission oil in each each 35,000 miles. Spark plugs must be modified on the identical schedule. For diffs and switch circumstances it is each 55,000 miles. Brake fluid and gasoline filters must be changed each two years.


If there’s one factor Land Rover has all the time excelled at it is off-road efficiency. The Discovery Four adopted that superb custom. A Four in advantageous fettle will take you to locations you would not think about potential. It is all of the extra freaky whenever you realise that you just’re negotiating Defender-level terrain from the driving seat of a genuinely luxurious automobile, and a good-handling one too contemplating its measurement.

The 4’s wonderful platform signifies that by way of potential, worth, and house to your cash this seven-seat Disco arguably eclipses all its rivals, from the standard ones just like the Shogun and Land Cruiser to extra trendy and in some circumstances extra sporty-handling vehicles just like the X5. If heavy-duty towing is part of your life, the Discovery Four is a good resolution because of its max towing capability of three.5 tonnes.

That phrase ‘in advantageous fettle’ is vital. although. You want your radar switched to excessive when contemplating any used Discovery 4. Scanty upkeep or basic neglect by earlier house owners can chew you on the bum. Heavy vehicles like this undergo suspension elements for enjoyable, and these Discos can throw in some additional amusement within the type of failed compressors and leaks within the height-adjustable air suspension, so be sure that any automobile you are pondering of shopping for goes up and down in a good style because it’s presupposed to do as a result of fixing faults on this space isn’t low-cost. Compressors are round Β£400 a go and a leaking entrance strut – which can turn into identified to you when one facet of the automobile appears oddly decrease than the opposite – will probably be round Β£600 for a real half (Β£700 for a rear) or about half that for an aftermarket one. Top sensors are about Β£120 a pop. Metal conversion kits can be found.

In case your Four makes a knocking noise on sluggish turns it may want new entrance decrease management arm bushes. These are likely to go at across the 60,000 mile mark. Roll bars and tie rods go too. Degradation within the rear suspension is generally revealed in uneven tyre put on. A level of nobbliness within the low-speed experience is regular, and if all’s properly that must be changed by a extremely agreeable plushness as velocity is gained.

Brake pipes can rust via, and filth within the braking system or badly adjusted brake sneakers can disable the digital parking brake. Fixing a seized parking brake actuator is pricey at getting on for Β£1,000 so hear for unseemly screeching noises earlier than shopping for any automobile. A substitute set of Brembo discs, pads and sensors will be had off eBay for round Β£360: the fronts on their very own will probably be between Β£185 and Β£200.


So long as you do not anticipate cutting-edge panel gaps on a Discovery Four there is a good probability you will expertise a heat sense of satisfaction whenever you look again at it after a drive. Even the entry-level mannequin had xenon headlights, parking sensors, roof rails, electrical folding wing mirrors and 19in alloy wheels. The break up tailgate is each cool and helpful however the tailgate launch cable can loosen or break. The microswitch within the higher part can fail too, however that is low-cost at beneath Β£20.

If a roomful of individuals was requested to call a producer related to good rust safety, Land Rover would not come up that always, or possibly even in any respect. Though essentially the most venerable Discovery Four is just a decade previous, do not be shocked to see some floor corrosion beneath in the event you’re utilizing it on salty British roads.

The drain channels for each sunroofs can get blocked, inflicting water to course down into the cabin. The standard giveaway up entrance is dampness within the footwells near the A-pillars. You possibly can entry the drain pipe ends by way of the entrance wing grilles. Water can even get in by way of A-pillar trim attachment clips or previous warped windscreen cowls, however these usually are not troublesome fixes. Within the case of the cowl, including sealant to the sting ought to forestall any re-occurrence of leaks. Rear sunroofs can crack in the event you go in for lots of significant offroadin’.

Styling is all the time a matter of style however you would be forgiven for questioning what the LR board was smoking after they authorised the Discovery 5’s gawky evolution of the uneven rear finish that was so proper on the Four and the three earlier than it.


As talked about at the beginning, in the event you drop all of the again seats on a Four you’ve got obtained sufficient room there to start out a enterprise as a parcel drop courier. The cabin is completely large in each route. The Discovery Four benefitted from the inside redesign that spruced up all LR merchandise in 2010. That included clearer most important analogue devices, a brand new TFT information display, new centre console and new seats (the second row of three are very properly formed), plus some posher supplies trickling down from the Vary Rover. The cracked dashboards, deformed steering wheel centres and sagging headliners that might afflict Discovery 3s, significantly these utilized in hotter climes, weren’t a difficulty on the 4. The more durable plastics that you will nonetheless see in some areas of a Four are there for wise utilitarian causes.

In some fashions a ‘twin view’ show allowed the motive force to make use of the satnav concurrently the passenger was watching a film. All this, together with solid-feeling switchgear and the dominant driving place, produced a pleasantly upmarket atmosphere even when the infotainment interface will these days appear fairly old school.

Normal tools on all fashions included cruise management, a reversing digicam, keyless entry, a Meridian sound system, leather-based upholstery and heated entrance seats. Upgrades within the range-topping Landmark included 20-inch alloy wheels, an electrical sunroof, TV screens within the again, heated seats all spherical, souped-up Meridian sounds and a heated steering wheel – certainly considered one of motoring’s most underrated luxuries.

The Vary Rover was additionally the supply of recent efficiency-boosting electronics within the Disco 4, like a wise alternator that solely kicked in at low engine loadings and an non-compulsory Encompass Digicam System that gave you an all spherical view of the automobile on the TFT display. If the SCS picture you see on the display of any post-2014 vehicles you are would not appear to be as sharp as that on pre-2014 vehicles you have a look at, that is not essentially a trigger for concern as hearsay has it that LR diminished the system’s picture high quality in 2014. On the plus facet we predict {that a} wade sensing function was added to the display features of 2014-on Discoveries. This used sensors within the mirror housings to find out the depth of water on river crossings. Perhaps not such an vital function within the Residence Counties in 2020, but when we ever get to a Waterworld state of affairs on account of world warming it might be useful.

On the customarily vexed topic of Land Rover electronics reliability, the Four was an enchancment on the three however you would possibly nonetheless expertise issues with the home windows, locks, rear wiper and central locking. It is vital to take care of good battery situation if you wish to minimise faults. The sensors controlling the aircon and air suspension usually are not resistant to failure both and the gasoline gauge can misinterpret. In case you can, examine any potential buy with an OBD scanner to search out fault codes. The 2016 recall for engine cutouts additionally handled non-deploying airbags.


When it comes to updating the offroad expertise and including a complete new dimension of luxurious and luxury the Discovery Three was a large leap ahead for Land Rover. The Discovery Four constructed on that sturdy basis and added worthwhile enhancements, each basic and element.

The result’s an imposing, imperturbable automobile that isn’t only a extremely interesting mix of significant offroad expertise and family-toting sophistication because of its large house, copious stowage and the rising ‘stadium’ seating, but in addition a possible wage-earner for anybody who desires to enter the transportation enterprise. Bung a good trailer on the again and for beneath ten grand you could possibly be a type of individuals who promote nationwide automobile transport at a pound a mile. There are worse methods of creating a residing. Spend a bit more cash and the tax-friendly Business van model hoves into view.

When shopping for any used automobile, you’ll want to discover a good one, and nowhere does that maxim apply extra strongly than on the planet of Land Rovers. Though the final Discovery 4s have been additionally one of the best ones as LR continued alongside its standard catchup path of element enhancements, there’s nonetheless a level of bravery required in flashing the money on a 4, however the quantity reduces with according to a automobile’s youth and the danger stage usually is far decrease than it was.

Though street tax for all 4s is cheap at Β£330, different operating prices are by no means going to be low. The official gasoline consumption is 32.5mpg however as we could have stated earlier than these are large, heavy vehicles. If you’ll want to get to locations in a rush you will see the general consumption rise to one thing within the low to mid-20s, however even at that price the 82-litre tank gives you greater than 360 miles between fills. 30mpg is doable in the event you actually attempt arduous on longer, much less frenetic runs, however to keep away from disappointment you should not actually anticipate greater than 25mpg.

The place do you have to purchase your Discovery 4? Land Rover’s authorised used scheme covers vehicles as much as seven years previous, which means that you could nonetheless purchase 2013-on vehicles from there. As with every producer’s used automobile scheme, you will pay via the nostril for a factory-approved Discovery. In case you can abdomen the costs you will have some peace of thoughts, albeit solely 12 months’ value of guarantee. The most cost effective Four on their website on the time of writing was a 2015 SDV6 with 66,000 miles at Β£19,950. The dearest was a 21,000-mile Discovery Landmark at Β£37,991.

You will not glean a lot from the appalling LR authorised web site because it affords only one thumbnail-sized exterior pic of every automobile and no car-specific information aside from the 12 months of manufacture and the mileage. Primarily based on the belief that, regardless of the poor on-line show, they need to have among the many finest examples available on the market, a glance via LR’s inventory will at the very least offer you an outline of what sellers are charging for warrantied Discovery 4s and make you are feeling such as you’re getting a cut price whenever you purchase a automobile plus a good guarantee off the open market as a substitute.

Which brings us to PH Classifieds, the place on the reasonably priced finish of the vary we discovered this 2010 TDV6 HSE in Loire blue with black leather-based and 125,000 miles. It is due one other service and there are not any pictures of the motive force’s seat, which is barely worrying, however you’ll be able to’t have all the pieces for Β£10,990. For only a thousand kilos extra how about this 96,000-mile 2010 SDV6 in teal with cream leather-based? If excessive mileages Land Rovers frighten you this is a 59,000-mile 2012 SDV6 in Java black (however, unusually, no leather-based) for Β£15,950. If nothing aside from a low-miler will do, this 22,000-mile 2013 HSE in Indus silver with black leather-based ought to soothe your beating coronary heart at Β£27,000.