During a week-long test of the Discovery Series II, we had ample time to fully test the vehicle's features and capabilities. Land Rover vehicles have a unique feel and ride, and this latest Discovery is definitely a family member in good standing. The interior fit and finish is always a hallmark of Rover vehicles, and the Discovery did not disappoint with ample use of leather and interior appointments. What impresses you when you enter the Discovery's interior is the sheer airiness of the cockpit. With dual sunroofs, a pair of Alpine windows in the back, and eight additional windows for light and air, the overall feeling is very spacious.
One feature of the Discovery we were very anxious to test was the Active Cornering Enhancement system, which is the first automotive application of this type. Similar to most sport utilities, the Discovery is prone to lean and sway, especially when taking hard corners. We pushed the vehicle hard into a few corners during a testdrive and are happy to report that the Discovery remained fairly level, even during radical maneuvers. This greatly added to the vehicle's on-road compliancy, which is quite acceptable for an SUV. Off-road, the Discovery is known for its gutsy nature and for the past few years has been the vehicle of choice for the Camel Trophy, an off-road competition/adventure/challenge that pits drivers and vehicles against the roughest terrain in the world. Once in the dirt, the Discovery impresses with its tenacity and go-anywhere attitude. The new HDC (Hill Descent Control) is a great asset when traveling down steep slopes, and incidentally, is also found on the Land Rover Freelander (only available in Europe) and the brand-new BMW X5 sport utility.
The Discovery may not be to everyone's tastes and does carry a somewhat hefty price tag (our tester came with all the goodies and checked in at $43,375), but for off-roading in style, it can't be beat. All in all, the Discovery Series II is definitely a bit of British charm with a stiff upper lip.
|2000 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SERIES II |
|Base price ||$34,150 (as tested: $43,375) |
|Length x width x height ||185.2x74.4x76.4 in |
|Wheelbase ||100.0 in |
|Track, f/r ||60.6 in/61.4 in |
|Curb weight ||4,576-4,630 lbs (depending on configuration) |
|Base engine ||4.0L V-8 |
|Horsepower, SAE net ||188 |
|Torque ||250 lb-ft |
|Optional engine ||None |
|Transmission ||ZF four-speed electronically controlled automatic |
|Suspension ||Solid axles, coil springs, optional Active Cornering Enhancement |
|Brakes, f/r ||Disc/disc |
|Tires ||255/55HR18 (on tester), 255/65HR16 (standard) |
|Warranty (years/miles) ||4/50,000 |
|Rust-through warranty ||6/unlimited |