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1996 Land Rover Discovery

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1996 Land Rover Discovery Review

Rugged and powerful off-road machine.

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Introduced in 1994, the Land Rover Discovery serves as a mid-tier option between the cheap, but Spartan Land Rover Defender and the expensive, luxurious Land Rover Range Rover. Combining excellent off-road capability and a comfortable interior, the 1996 Land Rover Discovery makes for an enjoyable drive in any condition. It provides a good option for drivers who want comfort close to that of a passenger vehicle, but do not want to cross into the Range Rover price bracket.

Good off-road capability seems normal for an SUV in the Discovery’s price range. As a result, the interior sets the Land Rover Discovery apart from most of its competition for prospective buyers. Rather than only offering basic features, the Discovery includes all the basic comforts as standard features on all models. Combined with the roomy interior, the Discovery easily fulfills the needs of SUV drivers looking for a rugged offroad vehicle and a comfortable passenger vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Land Rover Discovery SD, Land Rover Discovery SE, Land Rover Discovery SE7

What's New

The 1996 Land Rover Discovery comes in three different model options. More color options join the lineup. The fuel economy also improves due to an engine redesign.


The Land Road Discovery measures 178.7 inches long, with a wheelbase of 100 inches. The 1996 Land Rover Discovery uses a four-door body design with a rear access hatch. A roof rack, keyless entry, power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, an anti-theft system, and a trailer hitch also come standard on the Discovery.


Compared to most of its competition in the same price range, the 1996 Land Road Discovery has a very well-appointed interior. The Discovery does not reach the same level as the Range Rover, but it boasts a spacious, well-appointed interior. The standard features seem better than some of its competitors with every available option. Air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player all come standard. A CD changer, leather seats, and a third seat remain available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The Land Road Discovery delivers a mediocre performance on roadways, like most off-road models. The eight-cylinder engine provides good acceleration in comparison to some of its competition, but the relatively short wheelbase and high center of gravity cause it to handle poorly.

The Discovery excels at off-road performance. The same short wheelbase and high center of gravity that hurt it on roads mark a boon for crossing rough off-road terrain. The 1996 Land Road Discovery can even ford a 20-inch-deep river if needed. The eight-cylinder engine gives more than enough power to keep the Discovery from getting stuck in all but the worst conditions.


The 1996 Land Rover Discovery features dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. This seems standard for SUVs in this price range, particularly off-road models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Discovery: 13/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Smooth off-road ride
  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • High price tag

Sum Up

Rugged and powerful off-road machine.

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