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1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II Review
A wonderful discovery.
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The Land Rover Discovery Series II is a long-awaited revamp of the great design put on the Discovery. With plenty of power for off-road uses, like the older models, and plenty of additions to increase the on-road ride and safety, the Land Rover Discovery Series II is the perfect SUV for someone with enough money to afford it. While the price point is high, the technology is also slightly ahead of its time, and overall, it is difficult to find much else wrong with this ride besides poor crash testing and costs.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Discovery Series II
The Land Rover Discovery Series II is the first redesign of the popular Discovery series since this model's introduction in 1988. Largely reengineered, the Discovery Series II will offer standard traction control, Hill Descent Control, and Active Cornering Enhancement systems to increase the handling and performance abilities of this SUV. The on-road abilities are now on par with the off-road abilities.
The Land Rover Discovery Series II comes with ten factory choices for the exterior paint job. The rugged design includes alloy wheels, fog lights, tinted glass, trailer hitch, and much more. They only offer one body style, and this is a five-door wagon-esque SUV meant for both on-road and off-road action.
The Land Rover Discovery Series II comes with three options for the interior trim, which includes Bahama beige, lightstone, and smokestone gray. The Discovery Series II comes standard with power front bucket seats, power windows, mirrors, and door, and leather seating. The audio system comes standard as AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with optional disc changer. Other options include a powered moonroof, jump seats, and a garage door opener. The interior is comfortable and luxurious while being easy to clean thanks to the standard leather seating.
Performance & Handling
The Land Rover Discovery Series II is loaded with new features that make performance and handling a completely new experience for a SUV. The self-leveling suspension creates a smoother ride than expected from an off-road vehicle and the Optikool glass helps keep the ride cooler by reducing ultraviolet rays by 30 percent and heat transmission by 70 percent. Other standard features include traction control, improved shift lever, and 18 lb-ft more torque than the previous models. Additionally, the 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II introduces Active Cornering Enhancements and Hill Descent Control technologies to the SUV. Overall, the ride is quiet and great on the road while durable and powerful enough to handle being off road when needed.
The Land Rover Discovery Series II comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, anti-theft system, and driver and passenger side airbags. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Land Rover Discovery Series II ""acceptable"" after their safety tests. They rated the Discovery Series II ""acceptable"" during the structural, right leg and foot, and restraints crash tests. The IIHS also rated the chest, head, and neck safety as ""good,"" but the left leg and foot tests get a ""poor"" rating for safety.
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A wonderful discovery.
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