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2004 Land Rover Discovery

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2004 Land Rover Discovery Review

From a long line of rugged off-road vehicles with excellent luxury features.

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The 2004 Land Rover Discovery provides an English-made, midsize luxury SUV and stems from a model that debuted in 1989. All models have a front-engine, four-wheel-drive layout. It provides the middle size in the Land Rover SUV lineup, larger than the Freelander and smaller than the Range Rover. The second generation ends with the 2004 model, what Land Rover names Series II, eliminating the three-door body style for only the five-door SUV body style.

Like the rest of the Land Rover lineup the Discovery offers impressive off-road capability mixed with luxury.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Discovery S, Land Rover Discovery SE, Land Rover Discovery HSE

What's New

The 2004 underwent a handful of changes compared to the 2003 models including the addition of a manual locking center differential to the standard four-wheel traction control, a new Aero Roof Rail System, and an upgraded CD player available with the S and SE.


The Discovery classifies as a midsize SUV with four doors and a fifth side-hinged door in the back. In dimensions it falls in between the Range Rover and the Freelander in the Land Rover lineup, with styling details similar to each. The 2004 Land Rover Discovery features 16-inch alloy wheels. Four-wheel Electronic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control come standard and Active Cornering Enhancement remains optional. The SE and HSE include a sliding sunroof and headlamp washers.


The standard Discovery seats five occupants and this increases to seven with optional equipment. The front seats offer power and the rear uses a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for more cargo space. The base S gets Duragrain upholstery while the SE and HSE feature leather surfaces. Some of the standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming inside mirrors, and keyless entry. The SE and the HSE get upgraded sound systems and more features like a six-disc CD changer. The HSE has a Becker GPS navigation system.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Discovery contains a 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 217 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. According to Land Rover it can go from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. The permanent four-wheel drive has a four-speed automatic transmission and includes a two-speed transfer case. The 2004 Land Rover Discovery has an impressive towing capacity of 7700 pounds in Low for a trailer with brakes, but with no-brake trailers this drops to only 1650 pounds. Acceleration looks good and the Discovery offers a fairly smooth ride on most surfaces. Like its larger Range Rover cousin the Discovery has excellent off-road capability.


Standard features on the 2004 Land Rover Discovery include electronic traction control, all-terrain anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and LATCH child-safety seat tethers. During a collision an inertia switch automatically unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard lights, and turns off the fuel pump. Side-impact airbags remain unavailable.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Discovery: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Off-road performance
  • Body construction
  • Reputation
  • Midrange dimensions

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Questionable reliability

Sum Up

From a long line of rugged off-road vehicles with excellent luxury features.

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