Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2003 Land Rover Discovery Overview
It Knows No Obstacles
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 range-a nicely equipped SE is around $36,000-puts 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. For 2003, Land Rover has upgraded the Discovery's V8 to a 4.6-liter design that produces 217 horsepower. This significant improvement over last year's model finally gives the Discovery the acceleration and passing times it needs to compete with other SUVs in this class. The new V8 also produces a fair amount of torque-a bonus for those that need to tow heavy loads or venture off-road with confidence.
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.