Land Rover Discovery XXV review

5 Mar, 2014 4:15pm Chris Ebbs

New Land Rover Discovery XXV celebrates 25 years of the Discovery with extra premium features


The additional kit and upgraded trim of the Land Rover Discovery XXV are welcome, but some parts of the Discovery are feeling a bit dated next to Land Rover’s newer models. However there is still no doubting this car’s off-road prowess, and on the road it’s a quick and comfortable family car.

It’s been 25 years since the first Land Rover Discovery went on sale, and to help celebrate this milestone the manufacturer has given it a bit of a spruce up with the special edition XXV model.

The special edition gets a number of trim upgrades and little touches to push it further in to the premium sphere.

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Based on the range-topping HSE Luxury model, added kit includes black grille surrounds and mirror caps along with black trim on the grille and front wings. There are silver full-length roof rails, stainless steel tread plate on the rear bumper and a number of XXV badges dotted around.

With around 1,500 to be made worldwide it could be difficult to get your hands on an XXV, but bar the added design touches the car is very much the same as the standard Discovery – a car that has been on sale for a long time now, but various updates have helped paper over the cracks in its walls.

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That means you get a 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine producing 252bhp paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s impressively quick, too, for a car that weighs almost two-and-a-half tones, covering the 0-62mph sprint in just 8.8 seconds.

The commanding ride height means it’s easy to judge the car’s bulk, particularly useful when driving through narrow city streets. However that bulk makes cornering a bit ungainly compared to the latest Range Rover models.

While the Discovery market is still predominantly families looking for a practical seven-seater road car, it’s most impressive when dealing with off-road hazards.

Our test included deep water wading and steep inclines and declines, and the Land Rover proved that it is still at the top of its game in this situation.

The Hill Descent Control works impeccably, so you don’t have be concerned about your speed while descending, while the wade-aid tells you how much deeper the car can go before you hit problems.

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As good as the Disco is, I think it is mostly sold as a working vehicle now, for specific jobs that require a proper mud plugger. RR Sport and Evoque have taken its suburban buyers.

Not really this is a genuine 7 seater and is really comfortable to drive and as the story reflects quick for its bulk. It's easy to live with and now it is easy to achieve 30+mpg.

Even in top spec trim with TVs etc it 'only' costs 50k which is a Damn sight less then the new rangies for maybe 80% of the road capability, the same off road ability (or more so) and arguably more comfort.

The evoque struggles to be a 4 seater at times and only has 4 cylinder engines which aren't that refined and cost the same as the disco and now the new RR is commanding nearly double the sticker price of the disco. It's a cracking all purpose family car.

I agree, but you don't see the newer discos in the numbers that we used to see them. Would be interested in sales numbers.

I work for a Land Rover Dealer, its very much area dependant. Dispite being quite a rural location, the majority we sell are for family use.

The best "extra premium feature" the Discovery could get would be reliability.

Yes, all Evoques and Sports these days. The good old Disco seems to have vanished.

Key specs

  • Price: £63,000
  • Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel
  • Power: 252bhp
  • Transmission: Eight-speed auto, four-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 8.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 112mph
  • Economy/CO2: 35.3mpg/213g/km
  • Equipment: 20-inch alloys, cruise control, climate control, Meridian stereo, stop-start
  • On sale: Now