In 2009 I bought my first Land Rover. After 22 years of driving lease-cars now was the time to do it entirely different. The occasion came when I realized that our children would grow to become 6 foot in the coming years and they were not guaranteed space on long trips(vacations, etc.) which normally should be enjoyable.

So I started looking for an alternative. Now there are plenty of SUV's on the market and a lot have dropped in value after 5 years and still have a reasonable condition. Examples include the BMW X5, Volvo XC9, Audi Q8 and Land Rover.

These cars all have an image, pros and cons and also some practical aspects.

So you guessed it, nothing to do at weekends so I selected a money pit that needs a lot of tinkering and a second career as taxi driver (zero income I can tell).

After some searching I found a 2004 Discovery 2.5TD GANT 108.000KM in good condition. Some haggling over the price and a 120.000km service in addition, I could leave the dealership.

BMW X5 Volvo XC 90 Audi Q8
Land Rover
Bruiser car Family car German "uber bucket" Doghouse
Technique German safe Very German English, indeed problems
Maintenance Only for specialists No Idea Too complex and too expensive Especially much
Cost per KM High Average High High
Fuel consumption
High High High High
Price High High High Reasonable
7seater No 5 + 2 children under the age of 11 5 + 2 children that are good climbers

7 No problem