Make / Model Search

Car reviews - Land Rover - Discovery - range

The Car

11 Nov 2004

AN all-new Land Rover Discovery is something we’ve been anticipating for a long time, and the fact it apes the latest Range Rover conceptually, while being in a similar ballpark dimensionally, should come as no surprise.

After all, that’s how the Discovery started in the first place. Enough of the Discovery’s basic essence – a stepped-up rear roof and a familiar slabby, square-sided look – is retained to make the new version easily recognisable.

But the square-edged look is capitalised on to the extent that this is an entirely distinctive large SUV.

Launched in NSW this week, just a few weeks after its international launch, Discovery 3 gets Land Rover’s unitary "Integrated Body-Frame" construction (with an in-built ladder frame), four-wheel independent suspension and more bulk.

In the case of the Discovery 3, as we now all know, a lot more bulk.

In addition to its long-travel, double-wishbone independent suspension, it gets a host of driving aids including the new Terrain Response system – available from SE level upward – that adapts functions such as ride height, differential locks, hill descent control, auto transmission shifting, traction control and engine torque delivery in any of five operating modes to suit particular applications such as regular on-road driving, sand driving or dealing with slick, low-traction surfaces.

Discovery 3 also gets dynamic stability control, electronic traction control and hill descent control.

Height-adjustable full air suspension, adapted from the Range Rover, is available from SE models upwards.

Third-row, forward-facing seats are also a Discovery feature carried over into the new model – standard from SE trim level upwards.

There are three brand-new engine options – a 220kW Jaguar 4.4-litre V8, a 140kW Jaguar 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel and a 160kW, 4.0-litre V6 from Ford.

Three different trim levels are available – S, SE and HSE – with all engines available in the mid-series SE. There is no V8 option at the base S level and no petrol V6 in top-tier HSE trim.

All models are equipped with cruise control, (a minimum) six-speaker CD stereo, remote central locking, an alarm, rear parcel shelf, full-size alloy spare wheel, ABS brakes, an electric park brake, six airbags for the front occupants and curtain airbags for crash protection in row two.

Climate control air-conditioning is standard on SE and HSE, and an $850 option on S.

The V8 and the petrol V6 are available in automatic six-speed form only, while the turbo-diesel in S trim also offers a six-speed ZF manual gearbox as a no-cost option.

Dimensionally, the new Discovery is so close to the Range Rover it isn’t funny.

The wheelbase is a massive 380mm greater than the outgoing Discovery, which promises a big boost to passenger legroom, while there’s also more height and width.

The air suspension system gives the Discovery 240mm of ground clearance off the road, while allowing it to settle into a more road-friendly stance on the highway.

Off-road credentials are maintained by an even better wading depth of 700mm, and 260mm (front) and 330mm (rear) of wheel articulation – the same as the old model.

It will be interesting to see how prospective Range Rover buyers view this massive new Discovery even if, as the company says, Range Rover buyers are "different".

Discovery 3 is virtually the same size yet, at more than 2700kg in HSE form, it is certainly heavier – but with a slightly less luxurious presentation, it is priced more accessibly.

The Road to Recovery podcast series

Did you know?

Major Discovery 3 options include: active rear diff lock ($1000), metallic paint ($1500), satellite-navigation ($6100), sunroof/Alpine roof ($3650), adaptive headlights ($1000), seven-seat pack (S models - $3350), electronic air suspension (S - $3450), rear air-conditioning (SE - $1500), HiIce stereo pack (SE - $3650), Premium Hi Ice (HSE - $1950)

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

GoAuto can help you buy a new Discovery

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Discovery pricing

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here