Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Land Rover Discovery Series II Overview
It's Practically Unstoppable
The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most competent off-road vehicles on the planet. Its rugged good-looks and aristocratic heritage appeal to a great many people and its price rangea nicely equipped SE is around $36,000puts it within easy reach of many SUV shoppers.
The Discovery is one of the heavier Midsize SUVs on the market. A fully-loaded Discovery SE tips the scales around 4700 lbs.compared to a Buick Rendezvous for example, which weighs 4024 lbs. That may not seem like a big difference, but consider that the Land Rover's 4.0-liter V8 engine produces only 3 more horsepower than the Buick's V6 (188 vs. 185) and you begin to see the problem. The Discovery is painfully under-powered and has an appetite for gasoline. Its V8 does produce a fair amount of torquea bonus for those that need to tow heavy loads or venture off-road with confidencebut is painfully slow when merging and passing in traffic.
The Discovery's tall profile and extended rooftop create a generous amount of headroom. Legroom, on the other hand, is only average, especially in the rear seat. A great Land Rover feature is the dual-sunroof option, which places one glass sunroof over the driver and another just behind the second-row seat. The Discovery also has an optional third-row seat, increasing its passenger complement to 7. The driver and passenger front seats are very comfortable and there is a very clever second-row center headrest that disappears from view when the armrest is folded down. The dash is well laid-out, with the radio and vent controls within easy reach of both driver and passenger.
On the road, the Discovery's ride is noticeably harsh with little road-feel from the steering wheel. But this is an SUV, and a rugged one at that. Off-road, the Discovery exhibited near gravity-defying poise climbing steep hills and then creeping down the other side. No mud puddle was too deep, no amount of muck or snow too slippery. If you are the type of person that enjoys getting far from civilization, the Discovery's off-road ability could be its trump card over the competition.