Premium midsize SUV; Built in England
  • 4-door wagon
  • longitudinal front-engine/4-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $2,600 – $7,000*


2000 Land Rover Discovery


2000 Land Rover Discovery


2000 Land Rover Discovery interior


2001 Land Rover Discovery


2001 Land Rover Discovery Series II

Pros:
  • Build quality
  • Cargo room
  • Exterior finish
  • Passenger room
  • Ride
Cons:
  • Entry/exit
  • Fuel economy
  • Instruments/controls
  • Noise

The Discovery’s optional 7-passenger capacity is a bonus. Regardless, the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Lexus RX 300 offer better performance, handling, road manners, refinement, and quality–without the Discovery’s foolish eccentricities. Basically, it’s an old soldier that sells mainly due to its off-road prowess and the toney Land Rover name. In the less-trucky SUV group, the nicely polished (if only 5-passenger) Lexus RX 300 ranks as a top alternative.

Overview

Land Rover redesigned its lower-priced model for 1999, giving it a Series II designation. Appearance did not change appreciably, but the new model was claimed to be 85 percent new. It was the first revamp since the Discovery’s debut in 1994. Overall length grew by 6.5 inches and width by nearly 4 inches, but the wheelbase was unchanged. Only a single version of the four-door midsize SUV was offered, with several class “firsts.” Although styling remained familiar, the Discovery had more rounded contours and a taller windshield. A newly designed dashboard went inside, along with softer and larger front seats.

Equipped with permanent four-wheel drive and standard five-passenger seating, the Discovery II held a 4.0-liter V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. Engine output rose by 6 hp and torque by 18 lb-ft, compared to the prior model.

If optional 3rd-row seating was requested, the jump seats now faced forward instead of inward. Cargo space behind the middle bench went up by a claimed 15.5 cu ft. Cloth upholstery was standard, with leather optional. Automatic dual-zone climate control also was standard.

Antilocking all-disc brakes and 16-inch wheels were standard.

The 4WD system had separate low-range gearing and electronic traction control that braked individual wheels as needed to limit spin in severe conditions and restore lost grip. Standard Hill Descent Control automatically applied brakes to limit speed when descending steep grades in Low range. An optional Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) system replaced the usual antiroll bars with hydraulic rams, to reduce body lean in hard turns. A self-leveling suspension also was available.

At this time, the Land Rover organization was a subsidiary of BMW. Rivals to the Discovery included the Ford Explorer, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 300, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Infiniti QX4.

Yearly Updates

2000 Discovery II
Addition of an integrated compass to the rearview mirror was the only notable change for 2000. A new fuel-filler-door indicator went on the instrument panel. Ford bought Land Rover from BMW this year.
2001 Discovery II
For 2001, the Discovery reverted to three trim levels–SD, LE and top-line SE. Adding the optional 3rd-row seating changed badging to SD7, LE7, or SE7. An optional SE/SE7 performance package included 18-inch wheels and Active Cornering Enhancement. A rear self-leveling suspension was standard in “7” models, and available for the LE and SE. Leather interior trim was standard for the SE/SE7. A new 10-speaker, 220-watt premium audio system became available this year.
2002 Discovery II
A new top-line HSE edition with DVD-based entertainment and navigation systems debuted this year, joining the base SD and midline SE. The LE model was gone. An optional Suspension Package for the SE/HSE added Active Cornering Enhancement. A rear self-leveling suspension was standard on seven-passenger models. Leather upholstery was standard on the SE and HSE, along with 18-inch wheels (versus 16-inch for the SD). A limited-production Kalahari off-road edition went on sale later in the year.
2003 Discovery II
A 217-hp 4.6-liter V8 replaced the 4.0 V8. The grille, headlamps, and front bumper were restyled for ’03, and instrument graphics were also revised. A rear-obstacle-detection system was new and exclusive to the HSE.
2004 Discovery
In 2004, Land Rover produced 200 limited-edition G4 Editions, named for the Land Rover sponsored off-road challenge. The G4 is orange and includes self-leveling suspension, front brush bar, rear access ladder, and lamp guards. Also new in ’04 is a driver-activated locking center differential.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/4-wheel drive

Land Rover’s overhead-cam 4.0-liter V8 engine produced 188 horsepower, driving a four-speed automatic transmission. That engine was replaced in 2003 by a 4.6-liter V8. Horsepower increased to 217 and torque was up to 300 pounds-feet.

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.0/241
Engine HP 188
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 250-251
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

13/17

12.5

ohv V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.6/278
Engine HP 217
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 300
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

12/16

13.3

Road Test

Without Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE), this tall, relatively narrow sport-utility vehicle suffers copious body lean in tight turns. With ACE, it corners with fine control and balance. Too bad the ACE technology has only been available on top-line models. Although the Discovery’s ride gets choppy on closely spaced bumps, most imperfections are soaked up without jarring. Braking is sure and acceleration is acceptable for this premium-SUV class, though fuel economy is likely to be painful. A test model with the 4.0-liter engine accelerated to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds, but averaged only 12.5 mpg using the required premium fuel. Test SE did 0-60 mph in 9.1 sec, a useful improvement over the 4.0-liter version’s 10.2. The added torque provides a needed boost in midrange passing response, too.

Wind, engine, and axle noise are intrusive. The optional 3rd-row seat feels cramped, but overall, both people and package space are good. A tall step-in and narrow doorways make entry/exit tough, even for an SUV–especially into the rear compartment. Workmanship is on the patchy side, compared to the Discovery’s main competitors. Quality, in fact, has been a longtime concern with respect to products from the British Land Rover company. One test Discovery model, for instance, suffered numerous squeaks and rattles.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2002 Land Rover Discovery SD

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 3
30%
Fuel Economy - 2
20%
Ride Quality - 3
30%
Steering/Handling - 3
30%
Quietness - 3
30%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 2
20%
Room/Comfort Front - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Rear - 6
60%
Cargo Room - 7
70%

Other

Value - 2
20%

Total: 37

Specifications

4-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
100.0 185.2 74.4 76.4
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
63.3 24.6 7
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.4 40.1 42.3 37.3
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: N/A

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Coolant leak
Description: Heater hoses may leak due to insufficiently tightened clamps causing coolant to puddle on intake manifold of 4.0-L engine. (1999)
Sunroof/moonroof
Description: Sunroof may jam and dealers were replacing both the front and rear assemblies at no charge. (1999)
Water leak
Description: Plugged drain holes (excess sealant) in the fresh-air intake plenum causes water to enter passenger compartment during torrential rains and/or carwashes. (1999)
Windows
Description: The rear-window glass may break from stress caused by the CHMSL (center high-mounted stoplamp) housing. (1999)

Recall History

1999-00 w/active cornering enhancement
Description: The high-pressure hydraulic pipe could fracture, resulting in loss of hydraulic fluid which could lead to loss of engine auxiliary functions.
1999-00
Description: Engine-idler pulley can fracture and fail, causing the pulley to throw off the serpentine belt. Loss of engine auxiliary functions could result.
1999-01
Description: The antilock braking system’s electronic-control unit can misinterpret the sensor signal, resulting in inappropriate ABS activation.
1999-02
Description: Chafing of the accelerator cable could lead to breakage of the interior cable strands, making the throttle stick in the open position.
2000-01
Description: The power-interrupt solenoid in the winch assembly could experience excessive heat, which could lead to fire.

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