Landrover Discovery Fuel Consumption

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 03, 2008 at 19:48


Hi to all,

Does anyone out there have a Landrover Discovery series 2 Petrol, I'm just wanting a comparison on Litres per 100Ks towing a 17ft caravan both on the tarseal and dirt if at all possible.

Thanks in advance

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AnswerID: 285430   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 03, 2008 at 20:57

disco driver replied:

Hi Andrea,
If it's a Discovery 2 petrol, it must be a V8.

At best, on road - non towing, you could expect around
14-16L/100km, depending on the size of the right foot.
On dirt- not offroad maybe 1-2 Litres more.

Towing a 17ft van will make a considerable difference.
But it depends on the weight and configuration of the van (Heavier van will use more fuel and poptop gives better fuel economy than std height van)

Fuel consumption towing van would be likely to be in the range 20-28 L/100km, again depending on your right foot.
Dirt road towing again maybe 2-5 Litres more

Keeping below 100kph may improve those figures, but V8 petrols (all makes) are thirsty buggers especially when towing.

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FollowupID: 550323   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 03, 2008 at 22:01

Andrea11 posted:

HI Disco,

Thanks very much for the information we have a pop top caravan and are planning a trip from the Gold Coast up through the savanna way into Darwin and down to broome, but by the sounds of it it could be a costly excerise. The Disco also has a 55litre LPG tank.......So fingers crossed we can do alot of the trip on LPG

Thanks again
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FollowupID: 550344   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 03, 2008 at 22:43

Steve posted:


I used to have one - lovely car but sure are thirsty buggers. The above stats are about right, although you won't get quite as good figures on LPG as you do on petrol because it burns faster. We too had lpg which did help a lot. The main thing in the outback is that there often isn't any lpg and where there is, there sometimes isn't any left. Over 12 months though, it should't be too painful due to the general availability of gas. Just remind yourself of that when you can't find it on your travels. The big picture isn't too bad at all. There's a website that shows all the outlets which are actually increasing all the time. Just Gogle for "LPG outlets" or similar.
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FollowupID: 550417   Submitted: Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 09:58

Andrea11 posted:

Hi Steve,

Thanks very much for the info, yes they are lovely cars but perhaps it wasn't the best choice in fuel economy......but I suppose you can't have everything I guess.

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AnswerID: 285501   Submitted: Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 11:42

marcus replied:

Hi Andrea,
It is ironical that the TD5 diesel discovery is one of the most fuel efficient on the market whilst the V8 petrol is one of the thirstiest.My TD5 is brilliant for long distance towing and if i can keep the speed to around 95 kph my efficiency only drops by 10 to 15%.In your situation with your set up i would drve under 100kph to assist fuel efficiency.
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AnswerID: 285512   Submitted: Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 12:28

Member - jjt98 (QLD) replied:

Hi Andrea.
We had a series 1 petrol & yes/yes - excellent car & thirsty. We now have a series 2 TD5 (it is an all-rounder). All the advise you've been given is right. The up side is that a good Disco will go virtually anywhere and that is piece of mind.
The trip your doing is fantastic, we did it the other way around 3 years ago. I did hear a rumour that they were closing some parts of the Savannah Way so check that out.
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AnswerID: 285689   Submitted: Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 23:21

CumulusClimber replied:

I wouldnt write off the petrol V8 so quickly. Sure if it's a daily comute then as everyone has said - they are hungry. However in my experiance, when it comes to towing, I have found them to be not too bad. I've had 5 LPG cars in the past, and if you tow a big load they really chew through it - much more than you'd expect. And I currently have a Tdi Disco that returns around 8lt/100m on my daily comute, and around 15-16lt/100 towing a 1.3ton camper trailer. I also have a V8 Rangie and that returns about 18lt/100km towing the same camper trailer on the same trip.
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