Although the Discovery is a spacious vehicle it does lack the storage solutions of some of its rivals, especially when fully laden with seven people.
Although the Discovery is a spacious vehicle it does lack the storage solutions of some of its rivals, especially when fully laden with seven people. On a practical level the Discovery incorporates a front storage box, 2 cupholders in the front, a lit glovebox, map and document storage above the sun visors, large door bins, seat back map pockets, rear armrest incorporating 2 cupholders, auxiliary 12v socket in the load space, twin rear stowage boxes and a retractable load space cover.
The twin 'pocket style' headlamps offer more powerful lighting with improved range of beam for night-time driving.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the Discovery TD5 ES:
ABS (anti-lock braking system), ETC (electronic traction control), ACE (active cornering enhancement), EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), remote central door locking, automatic drive-away locking, volumetric alarm system, engine immobiliser, ISOFIX child seat fixings , driver and front passenger airbags, three-point seat belts and head rests for all seven seats, side intrusion beams, self-levelling rear suspension and locking wheel nuts.
Comfort and Refinement
According to Land Rover's press literature the Discovery offers 'a higher level of comfort' and we couldn't agree more. Apart from the light and airy cabin and the obvious height advantage the Discovery has both a practical and luxurious interior with ample cabin space for up to 7 adults and certainly a family of 5.
Head and leg room is excellent even for 3rd row occupants and the wide opening doors and high seating position make it particularly easy to get in and out of (as discussed earlier if you are on the shorter side the optional integrated side protection runners would be helpful as they aid getting in and out of the vehicle).
The leather faced seats (1st and 2nd row leather faced and 3rd row in duragrain) are large and supportive offering good lateral and under thigh support (front seats heated). The front seats incorporate folding armrests which offer extra support. Our test vehicle was equipped with both driver and front passenger electric seats which are helpful if you change drivers regularly. Dual electric sunroofs are standard on the ES model and whilst useful they lack visors to protect the occupants from the sun. The ES model also features dual climate controlled air-conditioning which enables you and your front passenger to find your own perfect temperature whatever the outside conditions and is perfect for cooling down such a large cabin.
Land Rover Discovery Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Discovery TD5 ES 7 Seat|
|Body Type||5-Door Four Wheel Drive|
|Colour||Adriatic Blue Micatallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||17.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||98 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||31.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||No Data|
|Warranty||Every new Land Rover vehicle carries a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty (see the Passport to Service, available at your Land Rover Retailer, for details).|
|Price (when tested on the 02/08/04)||£ 34,590.00 |
(Includes Automatic Transmission Option £1,495.00)