25 Years For Land Rover’s Discovery

 

So… it’s a Discovery then…

Indeed it is. This is the XXV Special Edition of the Discovery, which Romans will tell you celebrates 25 years of one of Land Rover’s best-known and best-loved models.

Anything new?

Only the usual special edition basics. In this case, the HSE Luxury-based XXV features a new ‘Cirrus’ interior colour scheme, Windsor leather trim panels, twist pile carpets and a leather-wrapped wooden steering wheel.

There’s subtle XXV embossing to be found throughout, a motif also used on front door and tailgate badging. Other exterior flourishes including ‘Narvik Black’ grille surrounds and mirror caps and ‘Dark Atlas’ trimmings on the grille and fender vents. There are silver roof rails, a stainless steel bumper tread plate and a new set of 20-inch five-spoke alloys. Reflecting the 25-year theme there’s a sole ‘Causeway Grey’ paint finish available – that’s silver to you and I.

What powers it?

The same 3-litre V6 diesel you’ll find in any other Discovery, the only engine now available in the model.

It’ll lug you to 60 mph in under 9 seconds and go on to 124 mph, but the more important figures are the 35.3 mpg combined figure and 213 g/km CO2 output. Neither is class-leading these days and the latter nets you a 280 yearly VED bill.

Land Rover Discovery XXV side

How much will it set me back?

Land Rover doesn’t specify. But assuming a few badges and a splash of silver paint hasn’t pushed up the price of the HSE Luxury, you’ll be paying the same 59,450.

Any alternatives?

Surprisingly few – the Discovery is rated highly by the experts and there aren’t many offerings in the proper off-roader, seven seats, little bit posh class. The ageing Volvo XC90 is a possibility, though one alternative – less posh but itself very capable – is Toyota’s Land Cruiser.

In a line:

25 years for family off-road favourite.

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