2004 Land Rover Discovery Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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Land Rovers are the thing. They were before sport-utilities were a in the eyes of the world’s marketeers.

Rover earned its legend in and the Australian Outback, bounding rocks and hills, fording and rivers, thundering along the creeping through tall among prides of lazy sulking in the sunlight.

Land Discovery‘s suspension four-wheel-drive, and extensive off-road must be experienced in extreme to be truly appreciated. Land Centres are staffed with enthusiasts committed to customer Most have attended Rover University in Maryland to how to exercise that commitment and to off-road driving skills.

The was born in England in 1989 and to North America five later. It immediately set about the Land Rover experience, by overall sales from in 1994 to 23,826 by 1997. was redesigned for 1999, and a new chassis and made the Discovery Series II a highway vehicle without its off-road capability. Discovery II boosted overall Land sales another 30 percent.

Rover invested $190 in its factory in England in 2001, advantage of the resources and technology of its company Ford, and improving control.

The 2003 Discovery a more powerful engine, a 4.6-liter V8 first introduced in the Range Rover in 1996. are some 350 other changes to the Discovery, most notably new and front-end styling, and refinements to the and brakes. But the vast majority of the are details.

For 2003, Land Rover has the equipment packaging and Discovery lineup. There are now three models: S ($34,350), SE ($38,350), and HSE

All three models use the new 217-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, with a sophisticated electronic transmission with Sport and Manual modes. Discovery uses a permanent four-wheel-drive with a two-speed case. It comes standard traction control, ABS with brake force distribution, and Descent Control.

Also are a power driver’s seat; zone climate control; window washer, wiper and and rear fog lights.

Standard with Discovery S includes covered with Duragrain, a attractive vinyl-like material comes in black or beige; an 100-watt AM/FM/cassette audio with six speakers; and 16-inch wheels.

SE and HSE come with or beige leather seats and wood trim. Both six-disc CD changers, the SE using a Phillips/Lear 12-speaker system, and the HSE a 320-watt Harman Kardon with 11 speakers. Both with 18-inch alloy front fog lights, dual sunroofs, headlight washers, a tonneau cover, and a Class III tow

HSE adds a GPS navigation system, front passenger seat, park distance control (a beeper that gauges distance to contact), and a self-leveling with rear air springs, for heavy loads.

Options for all include a heated windshield and seats, rear air conditioning, a seat package consisting of two jump seats and a hydraulic for entry from the rear, and Black paint.

An optional Performance Package for the SE and HSE includes Land Rover’s Cornering Enhancement system. For a headliner-mounted DVD system is available.

For 2003, the Land Rover looks noticeably different the front, smoother and softer now having a family resemblance to the Rover.

New halogen headlights especially cool, with the and low beams slightly overlapping in a downward direction, visible a clear wraparound lens. them is a revised black grille. The front bumper has slightly deepened to include new fog raised to reduce stone

The taillights, turn signals and fog lamps have also tweaked and slightly relocated, and are new alloy wheel designs for model.

With its trademark windows and utilitarian styling, the has a definite distinction. Flat and straight lines give it a no-nonsense look that’s and classy. Many of the body including the rear doors and panels, are aluminum, to reduce and avoid corrosion.

Others, the hood and roof, are galvanized

The current Discovery has a wider and a more confident look pre-1999 models, but its visual still goes back the original Discovery, all the way back to the Land Rover of 1948. It is a that suggests safaris, and high adventure. Two new exterior for 2003 bring the total to


Discovery’s interior is as as its exterior. It too was completely redesigned for to reduce British eccentricity. But luxury abounds. The seats are in either Duragrain or leather.

The driver’s seat affords visibility and there’s lots of Land Rover calls its seating the ‘Command Driving and it does afford a commanding of off-road driving situations.

climate control provides temperature adjustment for driver and and is easy to reach and to operate. include a compass, and a handy on the fuel gauge reminds you side the fuel filler is on. An outside temperature readout is when traveling.

British remains, however. Some of the is awkward to operate and requires the to look for the appropriate button. The system separates the AM and FM buttons of placing them alongside one

Window switches are located on the console rather than on the The door lock button on the dash is hard to find you want to lock or unlock the quickly, like when is knocking on the window for you to unlock the And the small inside door are hard to find and awkward to

The step up to Discovery’s interior is a big and getting into the back requires a squeeze through a door opening. Kids have any trouble, but shorter, folks find it challenging. back there, however, comfortable. Rear-seat passengers sit leading to the stepped roof, and can view the world through side windows, upper windows and their own sunroof the SE and HSE.

Interior stowage with bins and pockets. a 12-volt accessory socket in the area. Cargo nets, grab handles and a cargo come standard.

The Rear Seat Package two foldaway seats in the cargo These front-facing jump feature cleverly designed restraints that drop from the ceiling, along three-point seat belts.


We’ll long one 60-mile run in the middle of the night, on a lonely, winding two-lane against a huge headwind, the cruise control set at 72. That one brief stint tested of the mechanical improvements to the 2003 Rover Discovery. And what we learn that night, we had during the day driving all over the

First, we were pleased the performance of the 4.6-liter V8 engine. Out on the it was amazingly unfazed by that headwind. In spite of its bricklike the Discovery sliced through the silently and effortlessly, calling the impressive 300 foot-pounds of torque at rpm to get over some of the long without the transmission needing to

A new intake resonator, new sound revised body mounting and materials, changes to the transfer and gears, an overhaul of all the seal and a new method of balancing the wheels and all contribute to less NVH (noise, harshness), meaning a quieter

When we got home, we sighed satisfaction in our driveway, and then in surprise at the gas gauge. The 4.6-liter is EPA rated at 12 miles per gallon and 16 highway (compared to the 13/17 of the 188-horsepower engine it replaced), and we on this run it was closer to 12, on premium The engine may be new to the Discovery, and may have components, but the basic architecture can be to its 1960’s GM roots.

Bottom line: Discovery gas.

The suspension has been with different bushings and shocks and springs, in pursuit of handling with less and pitching. We were still pretty busy making constant steering corrections, over those curves in the but none of the input had to be sudden or This may not sound like saying much, but it’s to imagine things being a lot in such a situation.

Our Discovery HSE was with the magical Active Enhancement, which uses hydraulic actuators to reduce lean during cornering, but all our were fairly sweeping, so probably wasn’t a factor in the handling that night.

ACE, the Discovery feels planted in corners and can be driven a turn hard once it a set. However, its forte is not transient response, such as you’d experience in a double change maneuver or barreling a country road. This is a vehicle that sways and

The other ’03 improvement passed with flying was the halogen headlights. Land says they provide a with a far better spread, and evenness. The low beam seemed ordinary, but the high beam was and provided a fantastic feeling of at 72 mph on this dark and lonely on a road often crossed by

Around town, paradoxically, the seemed noisy when away from stops, as if it working hard. This came from last Range Rover.

As for the brakes, the have been made in to firm up the feel of the pedal. are new pads, a new master cylinder, to the pistons in the calipers, and changes to the ABS program. That’s good because the brakes were in previous Discovery models. The pedal in the 2003 Discovery fine.

Also, the Discovery performed well in some admittedly brake testing. The Land Discovery and the all-new Volvo delivered shorter stopping than the Acura MDX, GMC V8, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Expedition. Discovery comes with Electronic Brake which improves stability braking and reduces stopping by transferring braking force the rear to the front as the vehicle ensuring optimum balance and

Discovery really shines in ex.

For Land Rover has addressed two of the weakest points: brakes and A larger engine boosts by 15 percent and torque by 20 percent. brakes improve pedal and stopping distances.

There been some 350 other as well. In spite of a small in price, the 2003 Land Discovery offers more than it did in 2002.

What is its amazing off-road capability, its and very British interior, and its styling. Many people the Discovery for its panache. We like the Rover Discovery because it is

While most sport-utility are nothing more than station wagons with a seating position, the Land Discovery is the real thing.

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