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1995 Land Rover Discovery Review
Rugged, powerful, and maneuverable.
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Introduced in 1994, the Land Rover Discovery serves as a mid-tier option between the utilitarian Land Rover Defender and the more opulent Land Rover Range Rover. With excellent off-road capability and a comfortable interior, the Land Rover Discovery can be an enjoyable vehicle to drive in any condition. The high-quality build, impressive drivability, and wide array of standard and optional features quickly distract from the Discovery’s high price tag.
While the Land Rover Discovery can be an adequate roadway vehicle, this SUV was designed for off-road driving. The Discovery handles remarkably well in most reasonable off-road conditions. The luxurious interior and smooth ride also dampen the often uncomfortable nature of off-road driving.
The interior is what sets the Land Rover Discovery apart from most of its competition. With many similar vehicles, even the most basic features, like air-conditioning or an audio system, do not come standard. The Discovery, on the other hand, comes standard with all the basic comforts most drivers take for granted. Combined with the spacious interior, the Discovery is as enjoyable to ride in as it is to drive.
Engines: 3.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery was introduced late in the 1994 lineup. As a result, the 1995 Land Rover Discover is identical to the 1994 version.
The Land Rover Discovery measures 178.7 inches long with a wheelbase of 100 inches. This SUV features a four-door body with a hatch to access the rear cargo area. A roof rack is added to the list of standard equipment on the Discovery, and a dual power moon roof is now available as an option.
Compared to most of its competition, the Land Rover Discovery has a surprisingly opulent interior. It is not quite on the same level as the Range Rover, but it does boast a spacious, well-appointed interior. The standard features are better than some of its competitors: air-conditioning, a power moon roof, power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, an anti-theft system, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player are all standard features. Optional features include a CD-player, leather seats, leather trim, a dual power moon roof, jump seats, and dual-zone air-conditioning.
Performance & Handling
The Land Rover Discovery underperforms on roadways, but this is not unusual for a predominately off-road vehicle. The eight-cylinder engine provides solid acceleration, but the relatively short wheelbase and high center of gravity make for unimpressive handling.
Off-road performance is where the Discovery truly excels. The short wheelbase and high center of gravity improve off-road performance significantly, allowing it to get through areas that few other vehicles can attempt. The Land Rover Discovery can even tackle a river almost twenty inches deep. The eight-cylinder engine gives more than enough power to keep the Discovery from getting stuck in adverse weather conditions.
The Land Rover Discovery comes standard with dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. This is not a remarkable amount of safety equipment, but is more than some of its competitors offer. However, the Discovery’s excellent handling on off-road conditions should help to avoid accidents entirely.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover Discovery 3.9-liter eight-cylinder, five-speed manual: 11/15 mpg city/highway
- Excellent off-road ability
- Smooth off-road ride
- Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
You Won't Like
- Low fuel economy
- High price tag
Rugged, powerful, and maneuverable.
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